After reporting this morning that Joe Carnahan’s pitch to Fox for Daredevil “went up in smoke,” the director decided to share those sizzle reels with Twitter. It’s clear that I’m not cut out to be a studio executive, because Carnahan’s hardcore, 70’s take on the Man without Fear seemed spot on to me. Granted, sizzle reels aren’t composed of actual footage; they are spliced together pieces of film stock, bits of soundtrack, some concept art and, in this case, comic book panels that are meant to give the viewer a sense of tone and theme. Carnahan’s Daredevil would have been closer to a Frank Miller film: tough, ballsy and fearless. It’s a shame we’ll probably never see the vision on the big screen. Hit the jump to watch two versions of the Daredevil pitch.
Thanks go to @carnojoe himself for sharing these pitches with Twitter. I love the 70s aesthetic, with clips that are simply saturated in corruption and excess. Glimpses of The Warriors throughout give the piece a bit of gangland feel while panels and overtures from the Kingpin spotlight the villain. I particularly loved the cut of The Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein” climaxing the piece. Check them out below and let us know your reactions in the comments:
First up, the PG-13 version of the sizzle reel:
Here’s the more violent, NC-17 version of the sizzle reel:
So did Fox screw up by passing on Carnahan? Keep in mind, the rights to Daredevil might as well be back in Marvel’s hands now as the chances are slim to none that the former studio could get anything into production by October 10th. Fox already passed up the offer from Marvel to extend Daredevil’s stay at the foster studio in exchange for some of Marvel’s previous properties. We’ll keep an eye out to see where Daredevil ends up and if a reboot is still in the cards.