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Marvel has had an impressive run at the box office since the debut of Iron Man in 2008, leading up to the billion-dollar success of The Avengers last year. The company is in its self-defined “phase two” right now, which began with Iron Man 3 earlier this year, and will continue with Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians the Galaxy, and conclude with Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015.

We know that phase three kicks off with Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, also in 2015. And as Feige did press for the new Thor film this past weekend, he was asked many questions about the further development of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will we see characters such as The Punisher, Daredevil, and Doctor Strange on screen? How about a solo film for a female character? When will we know the titles for the “mystery movies” dated for May 6, 2016, July 8, 2016, and May 5, 2017? And what’s up with James Spader being cast as the title villain in the Avengers sequel? Read More »

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Want to see a bunch of awesome key frame art from Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight? How about the first trailer for the Man of Steel Blu-ray? What’s the latest comic and idea from Mark Millar? Where can you see some new footage from Thor: The Dark World on TV? Has Joe Carnahan finished his Nemesis script? How is Joseph Gordon-Levitt feeling with the announcement of Batman vs. Superman? Did CinemaSins tackle Ben Affleck in Daredevil? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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In 2012, Daredevil got extremely close to a reboot. David Slade was attached and working on it, then Joe Carnahan was in the mix with a decidedly dark vision. Unfortunately, 20th Century Fox couldn’t agree on a script or direction and, as a result, the character rights were likely to revert back to Marvel. We all assumed that happened, but it wasn’t like Marvel and their parent company, Disney, ever made an official announcement.

Now Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, has confirmed that the rights to Daredevil are, indeed, back in the Disney and Marvel family. Will he factor into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let’s speculate below. Read More »

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Are movie studio execs really as blinkered and limited in scope as some pundits make them out to be? Or are lawyers so in control that good ideas are pooh-poohed as too difficult or risky? It varies, of course, but there’s no doubt of one thing: Fox has, for years, been sitting on a goldmine set of properties licensed from Marvel, but it took Marvel’s own success with The Avengers and films leading up to it for Fox to realize that films can act as cross-promotional efforts for one another. Maybe the studio just looked at the hit it took with Daredevil spinoff Elektra and thought “well, that’s clearly not going to work.”

But The Avengers changed everything, and now Fox realizes that, years ago, it should have done what Marvel did.

Enter Mark Millar, who has become Fox’s own version of Josh Whedon, and is overseeing the creation of new films based on properties Fox has licensed from Marvel. We know that a new Fantastic Four film is part of that package, and that Daredevil is not, with the latter having gone back to Marvel. More X-Men films are to come, and Millar will try to make Fox’s properties all feel like they take place in one interlinked “universe.” But how? Read More »

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Would-be Daredevil director Joe Carnahan recently tweeted that his “Serpico-styled” take on the blind superhero was just about dead, so this next bit of news doesn’t come as much of a surprise. But in case there was any doubt about it, various outlets are now reporting that the Daredevil rights will indeed revert back to Marvel Studios (which is part of Disney).

Earlier this month, Fox and Marvel had considered striking a deal to give the former more time to get a Daredevil adaptation together. However, that request has since been denied, which means Fox would’ve had to push Daredevil into production by October 10 in order to retain the rights. That became a virtual impossibility when they decided not to move forward with Carnahan’s vision. To offer a little taste of what might’ve been, however, Carnahan has posted a couple of sizzle reels from his version. Watch the videos and read more about the Daredevil rights after the jump.

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So what’s happening with Daredevil over at Fox? The studio has planned to reboot the character, and for some time had David Slade attached to direct the film. The script is based on Frank Miller and David Mazzuccheli’s Born Again storyline, which sees Matt Murdock’s friend/employee Karen Page addicted to heroin and selling Murdock’s secret identity — he’s really the vigilante Daredevil — to score drugs. The info lands in the Kingpin’s hands, and he uses it in a very nearly successful attempt to destroy Murdock.

We’ve known that the script was a serious, ’70s style thriller rather than a colorful lark with a blind guy in a red costume. When Slade fell away from the project recently, we heard that Joe Carnahan was in talks with Fox to take over. Carnahan has done a couple of colorful larks (The A-Team, Smokin’ Aces) but he’s also done a couple more serious thrillers (Narc, The Grey) and the idea of him bringing that sensibility to Daredevil was the most interesting angle we’d heard for the reboot yet.

Now, however, the director suggests it very well might not happen. Read More »

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