‘Daredevil’ Reboot Gets Writer David James Kelly

David Slade will direct this Marvel adventure about a blind lawyer turned street avenger for 20th Century Fox.

20th Century Fox reboots Daredevil with writer David James Kelly
20th Century Fox reboots Daredevil with writer David James Kelly
As Marvel's The Avengers impresses overseas, Marvel's stable of superhero characters continues to dominate the news. We know that 20th Century Fox is rebooting Daredevil with director David Slade. Now they've hired David James Kelly (who has no substantial film credits to his name) to pen the screenplay for this latest Marvel outing.

The storyline of this new Daredevil incarnation is rumored to be based on Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's comic book story arc Born Again, which finds the Kingpin uncovering blind lawyer Matt Murdoch's red-suited alter ego, and using that information to destroy him.

There is no set production start date at this time. It's likely that Daredevil won't hit theater screens until at least 2015, with 20th Century Fox already moving on more X-Men movies and a reboot of Fantastic Four.

No casting has been mentioned as of yet, either. So that begs the question: Who should play Daredevil? Is Ben Affleck too old? Too tied to the first movie, which wasn't received well by critics? How about The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder? Supernatural's Jensen Ackles? Josh Duhamel seems like a good fit, so does his Transformers: Dark of the Moon buddy Tyrese Gibson. What do you think?

Daredevil is in development .

Sources: Deadline
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  1. Hideki Ryuga

    Ian and Jensen would be fine in my opinion

    3 years agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  2. StephieBaybee

    Whats the point in getting ben affleck back, wouldnt be much of a reboot with the same boring actor, im not keen on this movie due to the crapness of the first one, hope the movie is served some justice as the first one sucked and it gave a bad name to superheroes lol x

    3 years agoby @steph-xFlag

  3. Corey W.

    I think Ian Somerhalder would be awesome for this movie.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  4. supermanvenom

    @stabalice83 Oh yeah that would be awesome. He would be a good choice he's tall enough and big enough.

    3 years agoby @supermanvenomFlag

  5. stabalice83

    @supermanvenom I agree about Batman needing to be dark. I just think he would be good the direction they want to go. I would love to see a R-rated dark as hell, ultra violent Batman movie.

    3 years agoby @stabalice83Flag

  6. supermanvenom

    @stabalice83 I do like him but batman should be dark its batman lol. Yeah i guess give him a shot for a big role.

    3 years agoby @supermanvenomFlag

  7. Summit10

    Tyrese Gibson...are you kidding me!!!

    3 years agoby @summit10Flag

  8. CelluloidDreams

    Why!?! The 1st film was good. Not a classic, but hey most "comic book" films were never ment to be. But good story, good performances nonetheless.

    But "Daredevil" from 2003 is' definitely' a "cult" classic!

    Really!? Do we need some many reboots, etc. of the same story or a more exaggerated versions?.

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  9. stabalice83

    @supermanvenom , hell yes for a big movie. He just has not yet been given a chance. They have already said that the rebot of Batman will be less dark and aimed more for teens so they can easily move into a Justice League movie. I think the humor he brings to his roles will work perfect for this type of Batman film.

    3 years agoby @stabalice83Flag

  10. Joker926

    Well I did some research and this looks like David James Kelly's first debut in anything, by the sounds of it. I know NOTHING of his work and how he shall approach this, so I have nothing to really hold ground on him; I can only hope he is good and knows he has big shoes to fill.

    David Slade on the other hand.......... not bad, but nothing great; didn't bother with Twilight, because frankly Twilight sucks big homosexual twinkling coyote testicles that are closeted; Hard Candy honestly seemed to be good only of the performances given (Ellen Page's in particular); and 30 Days of Night I have yet to see, but if anyone cares to fill me in on the blanks, that would be helpful. So like I said.... even he's fairly new to the screen, so I'll give him a chance. *shrugs* Aliens 3 sucked and was horrible, but David Fincher is considered a revelation in directing currently once he developed Se7en.

    Now!!!! My favorite part: The Casting of Matt Murdock (yes I spelled his name correctly, opposed to the article). Daredevil needs to have the gruff look of a nearly, or close to, middle age man. So that rules out Robert Pattinson by a long shot; also given, he's not that talented and overrated. Guy Pearce would be wonderful, but he's getting a bit old; and Jason Statham is one I hear a lot: he does the same film over and over again. He's just as overplayed as the idea of Johnny Depp as the Riddler for the third Batman film. It annoys me. We need a chap who has the look, the talent, and overall acting sensibility to pull this role off. And without further to do, here are my choices.

    -Jon Hamm: More commonly known as Don Draper on AMC's hit television show Mad Men. He has the chiseled/gruff look, proved himself to be a talented actor, and has reportedly bashed the Kardashians. The last part is biased of me, but I think we can all agree why I think he's my top choice; that and he has the voice I would imagine Daredevil to have, so that gives high hopes.

    -Joel Edgerton: I've seen him in a few films such as King Arthur, The Thing, and just a few other films that aren't overly hyped; he's been around for a little bit, but after seeing Warrior, guest staring along Tom Hardy, I came to the conclusion that he is one of the different Joes we have in Hollywood. I thought he did a lovely job in Warrior, and I think if he was pushed to the max as Matther Murdock, that then we would see something new and special on the screen. It could be a tears in the rain choice and just not live up or it could be something spectacular and something to get us nerds RAVING! That and the fellow looks like that Daredevil we would see in some of Miller's most well known works in the 80's.

    -Michael Fassbender: "Wait at moment!!! Wasn't he already Magneto in X-Men: First Class!!??!?!" Yes he sure was, and by DAMN was he WONDERFUL!!! The man is an A+ List actor and deserves all the praise he deserves, if not MORE. Even though we've seen split comic characters in different films like Ryan Reynolds with Deadpool and Green Lantern, and Halle Berry with Storm and Catwoman... I REALLY think it's safe to say we're dealing with a far more raw and blessed talent. You could cast the man in any film and as any character, and the film is already become better. Bring up Jonah Hex and after you wipe the blood from your head you'll admit he was the only thing good about the movie, even though it was a talent wasted; that's what happens though with movies though. *coughs* Special Effects makers for Transformers *coughs up lung*

    Can't think of anything else at the moment, but when I do I'm sure it'll be equally awesome and a good taste in choice. 8)

    3 years agoby @joker926Flag

  11. supermanvenom

    @stabalice83 I like him but really for a big movie

    3 years agoby @supermanvenomFlag

  12. Jimthar

    ummmmm im all for this reboot but if they cast tryese gibson as DD, i wont even bother watching it. DD is WHITE. this isn't a racist thing, just a continuity thing. i let it slide with kingpin in the original but for DD himself, not gonna happen.
    looking forward to the reboot though. and for the record, i thought affleck was great as DD. he LOOKED exactly like him.

    3 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  13. stabalice83

    Jensen Ackles should not play him! He is a great actor but he should be concidered for the reboot of Batman instead. He has the young look, he can play a c*cky playboy and a badass ass kicker too. Jensen Ackles for Batman!!!!

    3 years agoby @stabalice83Flag

  14. ejk1

    This...frustrates me. I'm not concerned about the casting, directing, or who the screenplay writer is, but the choice of tale. In no f*cking way should "Born Again" EVER start a rebooted series. It's impossible. If you've never read DD, you'll be confused, like @John-Music is. Why? Because Elektra doesn't appear in the story. And are they going to explain who Karen Page is, and why she's important to Matt Murdock and this specific story? Or will they just keep her out of it, destroying the integrity of Frank Miller's great, mature vision of DD and his world? This is not the way to go...

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  15. Salemwolf711

    ........Just give the damn rights back to Marvel!

    3 years agoby @Salemwolf711Flag

  16. Pbcritical

    I rather Fox focus on the X-Men series than Fantastic Four or Daredevil honestly both series got there shots and both failed miserably. Both failed to connect with fans or the general audience at all. I have been wanting to see an X-Men 4 for so long yet Fox keeps delaying it.WTF. After X-Men 3 they owe us another sequel to make up for that one. Also I haven't heard anything about a First Class sequel get to work on that as well. Let FF and Daredevil fade away as the forgetful films that they were.

    3 years agoby @pbcriticalFlag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Well, ejk1's popular choice is still Guy Pierce, but as of now, I'm not interested in Dartedevil.

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. Captain

    i can see Jensen Ackles as daredevil

    3 years agoby @knight2090Flag

  19. Lastwerdz

    After "First class" and "The avengers" Fox have NO AUTHORIZATION to go back making crappy marvel films,so it&#180s god news to read that Slade is on charge

    3 years agoby @lastwerdzFlag

  20. artkid04

    guess this daredevil film don't really matter to Fox

    3 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  21. renodc

    @josh That was David E. Kelley

    3 years agoby @renodcFlag

  22. Josh

    Not the same David Kelley who tried to bring us the Wonder Woman TV show, right?

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  23. SherlockHolmes2009

    Hopefully this writer knows what hes doing

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  24. Kashmanthillet

    Jensen Ackles is the best choice.

    3 years agoby @kashmanthilletFlag

  25. m3m3z90

    I'm all for Jensen Ackles. Its about time he gets something on the bigger screen.

    3 years agoby @m3m3z90Flag

  26. Kayje Nogue

    Michael C. Hall, Michael Fassbender, Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be good choices for DD. Kingpin, how about John Goodman (but he's a little too old now) or get an actor in a fat suit.

    3 years agoby @Kayje-NogueFlag

  27. Barb Kas

    jensen ackles hands down

    3 years agoby @Barb-KasFlag

  28. ZanyZap

    Donald Glover.

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  29. CelluloidDreams

    We donl't need a 'Daredevil' Reboot.

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  30. choro2326

    Tyrese Gibson as DD?, hell no, he sucks as an actor!!

    3 years agoby @choro2326Flag

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