When it comes to the adaptation of a cherished and celebrated comic book, there is no greater fanfare and commentary than that which comes from the “fan boys” and girls. Especially when discussing the translation from page to screen, there is often a tightrope walked between reverence and re-imagination. One tiny step away from the canon and you could find yourselves in an 8 year slumber, much like that of “Batman and Robin” to “Batman Begins.” 12 years after the 2003 adaptation of Marvel Comics “Daredevil”, we are about to see The Man Without Fear revisited again. This time on television, a Netflix original series, fans of ’Ol Hornhead will undoubtedly be talking about this current version.
The 2003 20th Century Fox Daredevil film has certainly proven one of the more critically and fan torn moments in modern film adaptations of comic books. Though it grossed $102 million in North America, and over $76 million in the rest of the world (putting it just over $179 million) well over its $78 million dollar budget, the response from most fans and critics was very mixed . Seeing it as a poor man’s Spider-Man, it wasn’t given it’s proper respect until the year of 2004 saw the release of the original R-Rated director’s cut, the intended original theatrical release, on DVD.
With 2015 fast approaching, and fans clamoring to get their first glimpse at the upcoming reboot during the featured Saturday panel at New York Comic Con, we could all rest a little easier after executive producer and well-respected comic book writer, Jeph Loeb took the time to clarify a few important details about The Man Without Fear. In an interview with Los Angeles radio station, KFI AM 640, executive producer Jeph Loeb gave us this “when we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we’re not doing, go watch the movie. If you want to know what we’re doing, it’s very much steeped in the world of the comics, but it also has a life of its own and that’s really what television and our films really do is that we take the best….We hope and we’re very confident that this is the beginning of something that’s very exciting on Netflix.”
There are high hopes for “Daredevil” and the fearless What’cha Reading staff could not be more supportive of ABC Studios and Marvel Entertainment’s latest endeavors. A very exciting element to note about this production is that it resides very much in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it would not be a stretch of the imagination to one day see Daredevil join the likes of on-screen heroes such as The Avengers. A connected universe, including ABC’s own, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, is definitely growing with plans to eventually showcase Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. Executive Producer and writer of Daredevil: Yellow, Loeb went on to address this very exciting and thought-provoking idea by saying “when I watched The Avengers, which is really one of my favorite movies, during the scene when the sky opens up, the Chitauri are coming and there’s a giant battle over by Grand Central Station, even in the theater I was thinking, ‘In the true Marvel Universe if you go about ten blocks over and an avenue down, there’s a place called Hell’s Kitchen and in that world are characters like Daredevil and Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, and those characters are not going to be involved in an inter-warfare-universe-colliding incident. That’s what the Avengers do and they do it really, really well and those movies are incredible.”
While 8 months is still 8 months, we are bound to consistently be treated to news regarding “Daredevil.” In 12 days, we will all see the cast and crew assemble for the first time on the main stage at the Jacob Javits center from 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm. We recommend that you take the dare and check out that panel. And, if you find yourself impatient until then, I recommend that you check out the R-Rated Director’s Cut of the Ben Affleck film, “Daredevil.” With over 30 added minutes, the film is definitely a love letter to all the fans of Horn Head, and certainly a visual treat to behold. And, maybe just maybe swing you over to Team Affleck for Batman. But this isn’t about that horned hero; this is about Daredevil! And here he comes, The Man Without Fear!