Fox’s first Daredevil movie didn’t connect with filmgoers. The studio is starting over, but has run into issues with its reboot. David Slade was on tap to direct, bu his responsibilities with NBC’s Hannibal TV show likely won’t leave him time to helm Daredevil.
The window to get this one done is a little slimmer than usual. If Fox doesn’t begin filming a Daredevil movie by fall, the character’s rights revert back to Marvel. After successes such as Iron Man and The Avengers, that’s an outcome many comic fans would be perfectly OK with. Fox has done pretty well with the X-Men franchise. Honestly, if its first X-Men movie hadn’t succeeded, we might not even be talking about these others. But its Daredevil and Fantastic Four films were born to be in the bargain bin at your local video store.
Marvel has done an excellent job weaving its Avengers universe characters together. So it would be great to see Daredevil, Spider-Man or the X-Men join up. Right now these spandex gladiators are split between several studios. Fox still has the rights to Daredevil, the X-Men and Fantastic Four, while Spidey is still swinging for Sony.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” is doing well enough for Sony that they won’t let go of that license soon. “Chronicle” director Josh Trank is lined up for a Fantastic Four reboot, so Fox is still confident it can franchise Marvel’s First Family. While we’d love to see Daredevil, Wolverine and Spider-Man alongside Captain America and Thor, they may as well be in separate dimensions right now.