In an effort to keep things out of the hands of those who made the characters popular, major studios such as Sony, and now Regency and Fox, are rebooting their recent Marvel films in order to retain the rights so they don’t default back to Disney owned Marvel. Sony is doing so with the reboot of Spider-Man, while Regency and Fox have recently announced that they’re doing the same with Daredevil.
Originally made in 2003, and starring Ben Affleck and Colin Farrell, the film isn’t even a decade old and it’s getting a complete revamp. This time, the writer behind 2008’s The Day The Earth Stood Still, David Scarpa, will be penning a script, and the story will more than likely scrub the previous films’ continuity.
It’s unfortunate that studios resort to these childish ways. If the franchise eventually ends up in the hands of Marvel and Marvel Studios, this could mean great film cameos from some of our favorite heroes. A perfect example is what Favreau, Brannagh, and Joe Johnston are doing with the Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America films, and it’s all like a fanboy’s greatest dream.
Looking at the money made by the past rebooted films, Hulk and Punisher, this doesn’t seem to be a good idea, financially. Both Hulk films totaled nearly $250 million in the worldwide box office, while Punisher and Punisher: War Zone barely broke $75 million combined.
With the general audience not knowing the difference between a Marvel-produced film and a film starring a Marvel character, you can expect a Daredevil reboot to probably do well among the Thor, Iron Man and Captain America of the coming years. Only one question remains now: who could top Ben Affleck’s “Man Without Fear” performance?