DAREDEVIL Reboot May Land Director Joe Carnahan; Marvel and Fox Swap Comic Book Characters

     August 6, 2012


With the rights to Daredevil set to revert to Marvel on October 10th, 20th Century Fox is anxious to start production on a reboot.  With director David Slade having exited, Fox is now looking at Joe Carnahan (The Grey) to helm.  While solidifying a director is a step in the right direction, the deadline still looms.  Luckily, Fox has been in talks with Marvel for a character swap of sorts, an arrangement that, if both studios agree, could keep the “Frank Miller-esque, hardcore 70s thriller” version of Daredevil at Fox while bringing some big players back to Marvel.  Hit the jump to find out who.

joe-carnahan-daredevilNews of Fox’s interest in Carnahan to helm Daredevil comes via Variety.  No official offer has been extended as of this writing, but their sources say that Carnahan is the man.  The report also mentions a property swap that would allow the blind superhero, Matt Murdock, to take the screen for Fox.  Think of it as a really expensive version of you and your friend exchanging prized comic books:

Marvel: “Okay, you can keep Daredevil a little longer.  But what will you give me in return?”

Fox: “How about…Fantastic Four? You can have Galactus and maybe even the Silver Surfer.”

Basically, Daredevil could stay at Fox past the October 10th deadline in exchange for Marvel’s use of Fantastic Four characters (like Galactus and Silver Surfer) in future films.  Currently, the Surfer is locked up in Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four with director Josh Trank (Chronicle). The decision lies with Fox as to whether to take Marvel’s offer or to let Daredevil swing off the lot.  Keep an eye out for more as this story develops.

Update: As of the posting of this article, Carnahan himself wrote a cryptic Tweet that said only:



While it may mean less than nothing, I did a search for Daredevil #73 and came up with this quote:

I’m not a pawn — You can’t make me fight against my will!

Matthew Murdock (Earth-616)

And this cover image:


Let’s keep in mind that current reports have yet to confirm an official offer to Carnahan and a simple Tweet doesn’t change that.  However, it’s always fun to speculate on what it could mean.  Maybe Carnahan pulled from this issue to drum up his vision/treatment of the Daredevil script?  Maybe the Zodiac group will appear to challenge the masked vigilante?

Or maybe, now stick with me, there’s more to the Marvel/Fox character swap talks than meets the eye.  Could we actually see a studio crossover that features a cameo from Iron Man and/or Nick Fury at the end of the Daredevil reboot in order to recruit the Man Without Fear into his proper place on the Avengers?! The Zodiac group did appear as antagonists to the Avengers, so perhaps some version of that storyline is in the works.  Or perhaps Carnahan just likes to yank our chain and watch us squirm.  What do you think, fans?



Around The Web

Latest News

CREED Trailer: Michael B. Jordan Owns the Ring as Rocky Comes out of Retirement

Sylvester Stallone's Rocky comes out of retirement to train Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Johnson, the son of Apollo Creed.

Joe Manganiello Reveals He Plays Pee-wee’s Best Friend in Netflix Movie

He also likens the story to 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure'.

TERMINATOR GENISYS Review: Stop Coming Back

This convoluted reboot is a destiny we should have avoided.

Jason Hall to Make Directorial Debut on THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Hall earned an Oscar-nomination for his adaptation of 'American Sniper' and also adapted this non-fiction PTSD novel from David Finkel.

Michael Bay’s Benghazi Movie 13 HOURS Gets Early 2016 Release Date

Additionally, Tom Hiddleston enters the Oscar race with his Hank Williams biopic.

Comic-Con 2015: Hall H Wristband Rules

Sleep is for the weak.

Jared Leto’s SUICIDE SQUAD Rat Is with This Famous Director

He now has a good home (and a new name) with a very famous director.


The Cameron Crowe-approved release of 'Vanilla Sky' includes plenty of new features, plus an alternate ending.

Watch: Top 5 Kills in the SCREAM Movies

MTV's 'Scream' TV series is going to have a hard time living up to its predecessors.

New X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST – ROGUE CUT Clip Features Beast and Mystique

Looks like their romance wasn't completely forgotten after all.

Page 1 of 4,02212345...102030...Last »
echo ' '; ?>