Kevin Feige Confirms the Rights to DAREDEVIL Have Reverted Back to Marvel

     April 23, 2013


It appears that Marvel Studios has secured the rights to another very popular comics character.  While 20th Century Fox’s 2003 take on Daredevil was a bit of a misfire, the studio had been trying to move forward on a new iteration of the character in recent years30 Days of Night director David Slade came onboard to direct a Daredevil reboot in the spring of 2011, and Fringe scribe Brad Caleb Kane was subsequently tapped to pen the screenplay.  Movement on the project was quiet for a full year, though, and the following summer Slade left the film to helm the pilot for NBC’s Hannibal.

When Slade exited the project, however, Fox was facing a ticking clock.  The studio had to move quickly to get a new Daredevil movie into production before the rights to the character reverted back to Marvel.  Well, a new Daredevil film failed to materialize in the ensuing months, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed today that Marvel now holds to the rights to the character.  Hit the jump for more.

daredevil-avengers-marvelWhen Slade jumped ship on Daredevil, Fox tried in vain to get an iteration of the film going with Joe Carnahan.  The Narc director pitched a hard-boiled, 1970s-set take on the character, but it would have proven impossible to get that iteration of the story off the ground before the cutoff date, and Carnahan understandably wasn’t willing to start shooting without a finished script.

While we heard nothing about Daredevil after Carnahan’s bid to direct didn’t pan out, many assumed this meant that the rights had indeed reverted away from Fox back to Marvel Studios.  The folks at Newsarama caught up with Kevin Feige at the Iron Man 3 junket and asked him if Marvel studios now had the rights to Daredevil, to which he replied “Yes.”

So what does this mean, exactly?  Well, it’s no secret that Marvel develops a number of projects at a time, with some coming to fruition more quickly than others.  Rumors have swirled for years that they have films based on Doctor Strange and Black Panther in development, and Edgar Wright’s long-in-development Ant-Man only recently got the greenlight as that film will now kick off Phase Three in the latter half of 2015.  As such, Marvel Studios will likely start developing a Daredevil film now that they own the rights to the character, but there’s no telling when/if we might see it come to fruition.

Now that Daredevil is firmly under the control of Marvel Studios and Disney, we can also reasonably assume that a darker, gritter version of the character isn’t likely.  Marvel’s slate of films have a very specific tone, and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black even recently suggested that the studios deterred him from gravitating towards the darker aspects of the Iron Man storyline “Demon in a Bottle.”  Nevertheless, it would be pretty great to see a character like Daredevil folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I’m sure the studio will be moving forward very carefully when it comes to bringing the character back to the big screen.

What say you, dear readers?  What kind of Daredevil film would you like to see from Marvel Studios?


  • Rich woa

    YESSSS, I love the current run Marvel has for DareDevil. Hopefully things move forward fast.

  • amg907

    Great news. DAREDEVIL is a wonderful character piece.

    MARVEL will definitely give it the justice it deserves and turn out the same crap as last time.

  • ScottX

    Ben Affleck should direct it.

    • will

      It’s weird, but as long as he didn’t play the title role, he’d be a very suitable choice.

      • sajsdfhbf

        Agreed. I don’t think he was ever happy with the final product of the film either. It could be a good redemption for him.

    • Mark

      If you’d said this back when Daredevil first came out, I’d think you were crazy, but now… Yeah, this’d be cool.

  • Max

    Not if, when. Marvel Wouldn’t dream of sitting on this character and doing nothing with it.

  • Ryan D

    You won’t see this in a movie, I can see them using Daredevil in the SHIELD series.

  • Deadpool

    Why not do a Daredevil TV show? Might work better then another movie.

    • rich woa

      That would be cool. Each episode(not all) is a case he tackles.

  • josh0909

    I seriously hope Marvel doesn’t add any lame jokes or the same stupid sthick they put in all their movies. Just hire Slade to do his interpretation and back off.

  • dodoriz

    I actually enjoyed the Daredevil film, I know a lot of people didn’t. It wasn’t spectacular and I felt that it was made too much like a one-shot with nowhere to go after that film.

    If Marvel can pull off a daredevil film that most people enjoy, then I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a Moon Knight film.

  • Sean B

    Frank Miller’s Man Without Fear. Boom. Perfect origin story to reboot the character and get the awful Affleck movie out of our collective minds

  • tarek

    Best news since the reboot of Batman.

    at last we will see a faithful adaptation of the man without fear. I can now erase from my hurt memory Affleck and Garner.

  • Ukraz

    I’m happy to see Marvel get back some of their film property, though I would have rather seen Fantastic 4, Xmen, or Spiderman back, because the Daredevil characters don’t really mesh seamlessly into the current “avengers” films. (The fantastic 4 film package includes Silver Surfer, Dr. Doom, Galactus, and others that could fit into Galactic Guardians, as well as the current THANOS direction of the avengers plot.)
    I think it would be cool to utilize Daredevil in the SHIELD tv show as a reoccurring guest role. It seems like the best place for him.
    I know this probably wouldn’t happen, but it would also be cool to see a Daredevil and Ghost Rider teamup movie or something.

    • dodoriz

      Ghost Rider, Daredevil & The Punisher can make their own avengers!

      • sajsdfhbf

        Plus Iron Fist, and Luke Cage!!

  • TS

    Blue Sky Disney did an article yesterday about this before the interview was posted. They has some insight as to where he may pop up.

  • Bax

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Daredevil!

  • Ramone

    I sort of think at Jason O’Mara from the US version of Life on Mars would be a good fit for Murdock/Daredevil. Heck, you could bring back most of the rest of the cast too!

    Even if you’re not a huge fan of the show’s premise (or ending) the 70s cop show feel was pretty awesome. And Harvey Keitel was great also!

  • JK1193

    A possible choice, although slightly younger, for the perfect actor could be Sam Riley (Control, Brighton Rock and On the Road). He kind of has this sense of danger to him and when I saw Brighton Rock, I thought that he could make for a good masked vigilante.

  • Robby

    ….Andrew Lincoln as ‘Daredevil’

    Like that Sam Riley idea too, JK…

    Brilliant news Daredevil has come home. Lets hope it happens very soon.

  • ISeemToBeAVerb

    Phase 4?

  • James

    A Daredevil movie done right would be amazing. It could very well rival Nolan’s Batman (although it won’t be as financially successful obviously since Batman is a bigger draw).

  • MJ

    There is the Marvel Knights film brand that could work for this movie.

  • Matt

    I would slap myself if I had said this 10 years ago but I would like Ben Affleck to direct and Ryan Gossling to be Daredevil.

  • Snacks

    Would like to see attention first going to the idea of The Champions, before a Daredevil reboot. Need Doc Strange, need Marvel’s Hercules, and a few others. Though doing Daredevil then having a Spiderman/Daredevil crossover couild be fun.

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