While we’re presently knee deep in the golden era of Marvel Comics movies, there was a time when Stan Lee’s home turf wasn’t exactly known for its prime feature adaptations. Howard the Duck and 1990’s Captain America marked early generation failures. X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance are more recent eye-rolling examples. And smack dab in the middle of this string of wavering quality, among the likes of the first Hulk and Fantastic Four, was Daredevil — Ben Affleck’s superpowered sojourn as the blind hero Matt Murdock. But Marvel is a tried and true believer in the “if at first you don’t succeed maxim.” Hollywood brought Cap back in 2011, took another stab at the Hulk, and might be making one more go at Daredevil, as Kevin Feige tells Newsarama.
The President of Production over at Marvel Studios affirms that the Daredevil property has been purchased by the company, answering Newsarama’s query about Marvel’s acquisition of the rights with a succinct, “To Daredevil? Yes.” Hollywood.com has reached out to Walt Disney Pictures, of which Marvel is a subsidiary, for further confirmation.
Film critics and comic fans were hardly impressed by the 2002 20th Century Fox attempt, despite the film borrowing a few scenes directly from its source material. Now that Marvel Studios have the rights to Daredevil, the moreover successful source for comic book films (the Disney syndicate is responsible for greats like Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, and, of course, The Avengers), we can look toward a reasonably more promising rendition of the visually impaired vigilante.
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