In the second part of his interview with iesb.net, 20th Century Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman reveals, perhaps predictably, that the Daredevil re-boot that we reported on early in September will need the now obligatory gloss of doom and depression that Hollywood considers de rigueur since gloomy old planetary smash The Dark Knight.
“Would it be as dark?” Rothman echoes, having been asked if a new Daredevil movie would have the same grim tone as Dark Knight. “I don’t know, because what it really needs is a visionary at the level that Chris Nolan was. It needs someone, it needs a director, honestly, who has a genuine vision. What we wouldn’t do is just do it for the sake of doing it. Right? What we try to do is to get a creative engine for it, that really had a great vision for it, that’s what we would look for.”
In a climate where Hollywood even wants Superman depressing, it’s good to know that chasing the bat-coffers wouldn’t be the motive for a new imagining of Daredevil.
The tale of skyscraper-straddling acrobat/lawyer Matt Murdock wasn’t exactly sweetness and light anyway, as our hero fights hopeless cases by day and tries to hold back the tide of criminal scum besieging New York’s Hell’s Kitchen area by night. To be honest, if they ‘grim down’ Daredevil V2.0, it will probably only be the film it would have been had it stayed faithful to the source comic material. As it stands, the 2003 Mark Steven Johnson adaptation with Ben Affleck was made in that hinterland between Titanic and Dark Knight, where producers had the crazy notion people might want to be comforted by movies.
Instead, catharsis is the name of the game, and at least in this case Fox will have suitable source material to derive the latest super-wrist-slasher from.