12 items from 2015
“It ain't how you hit the mat . . . . it's how you get up.” - Matt Murdock After the live action film rights for Daredevil reverted back to Marvel Studios at the end of 2012, many fans were wondering what would happen next for the Man Without Fear. The 2003 release of Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil film was generally seen as a financial and critical disappointment, becoming something of a stillborn franchise in that all plans for sequels were indefinitely postponed. Instead, the studio opted to pursue a spin-off film with 2005's Elektra, which was so poorly received that it seemed to kill any further interest in Daredevil as a property despite the rich quality of the characters and decades of source material to pull from. Still, Fox would retain the rights to Daredevil for seven years past the release of any film based on the property, per the licensing agreement »
The critical and commercial success of Marvel's Netflix show has given the character of Daredevil a new lease of life, with a confirmed second series, a co-lead spot in the upcoming super-team show The Defenders and a possibility that the character could one day make an appearance in the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that in mind, it's time to re-appraise the character's first big-screen outing – writer-director Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil, starring Ben Affleck. Is it really as bad as its reputation suggests?
Released in 2003 (the same year as Ang Lee's Hulk and Bryan Singer's X2, though it was first out of the gate), Daredevil took more than $102 million at the Us box office and just $76 million outside the Us, for a worldwide total of $179 million. Despite more than doubling its budget it was perceived as a flop, especially alongside the likes of Spider-Man and X-Men, whose successes »
Filing on the pilot of AMC's Preacher adaptation is apparently underway according to Seth Rogen's Twitter. Rogen developed the adaptation with Evan Goldberg and Breaking Bad's Sam Catlin. The show will star Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Tulip O'Hare and Joe Gilgun as Cassidy. Also appearing on the show are Ian Colletti as Arseface, Lucy Griffiths as Emily Woodrow, Elizabeth Perkins as Vyla Quinncannon and Jamie Anne Allman and Derek Wilson as Betsy and Donny Schenck. The new AMC series will mark the first successful adaptation of Preacher in a long line of failures. Garth Ennis wrote a script for a film adaptation back in 1998 but financial concerns and religious pressure put a halt on development. Miramax then purchased film rights for Preacher but never developed a working script and ultimately let the rights lapse. Next up, was HBO, who secured rights and brought in »
General consensus seems to be pretty positive for Marvel's Daredevil series on Netflix. But of course the masochist in me wants to revisit. Daredevil (2003) Director: Mark Steven Johnson Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell A blind superhero with a heightened sense of hearing must persevere against a world filled with Evanescence and Nickelback. Note: This is a review of the theatrical version of Daredevil, not the Director's »
- Jason Adams
With Marvel and Netflix‘s Daredevil only a few hours away from its highly anticipated release, excitement for the brand new series is at an all time high.
Ever since Marvel Studios announced that they would be expanding their ever-enlarging universe of characters once again, keen comic fans have eagerly awaited the release of the studio’s brand new Netflix-based shows. The first of which will re-introduce audiences to ‘Daredevil’, in the character’s first live-action appearence since Mark Steven Johnson’s critically panned 2003 adaptation, starring the future Batfleck himself. Now, with Charlie Cox set to make his debut as the character later today for the entire series release, Marvel and Netflix have unveiled our first look at Matt Murdock’s brand new costume. After many fans expressed their huge dissapointment with Daredevil’s crime-fighting atire, many will be pleased to see that the series will honor the characters iconic red costume after all. »
- Ben Read
In the early 2000s, comic book movies were riding high on a wave of popularity. After seemingly being killed off by the likes of Batman & Robin and Steel, comic book movies made a huge comeback with critically-praised and fan-adored movies like Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Bryan Singer’s X-Men. When X-Men hit it big at the box office in 2000 and Spider-Man followed suit in 2002, movie studios started to snap up as many titles as they possibly could to piggyback off their success. So many of their characters were sold off in fact that not only did it save Marvel Comics from bankruptcy, but there were reports of upwards of 40 movies based on Marvel characters in some stage of development between 2000 and 2002. One of those projects was Daredevil.
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- Luke Owen
This Friday brings the premiere of the first Marvel and Netflix collaboration, the TV adaptation of “Daredevil.” To get you in the mood, why not get a refresher course on the series’ forefather, the much reviled 2003 film. Much like the new Netflix series, Mark Steven Johnson’s big screen retelling of the Matt Murdock story is also titled “Daredevil” and opened in 2003 to near instantaneous and unanimous derision. From the turn-of-the-millennium MTV2 aesthetics to CG that looked rough even at the time of release, it was hard to find a genuine defender of the film. Read More: Ben Affleck Regrets 'Daredevil,' Says his Batman Will Be An "Older And Wiser Version" To save you the trouble of putting yourself through the early aughts ringer, Screen Junkies has cut together a “Daredevil” entry in their very popular “Honest Trailers” series. It’s just five minutes long and takes issue with the aforementioned problems, »
- Cain Rodriguez
This review is based on the first five episodes of season one, which were provided for us prior to broadcast.
Fans of Marvel’s iconic, red-suited blind vigilante have long waited for an adaptation that was true to the source material and captured the very things that made the Man Without Fear so beloved in the first place. Unfortunately, though, Mark Steven Johnson’s 2003 film starring Ben Affleck left much to be desired, immediately putting a stop to what could have been a lucrative and exciting franchise.
It took twelve years, several false starts and a rights shift from 20th Century Fox to Marvel Studios to resurrect the character, but if this new series is any indication, it was well worth the wait. Daredevil is most definitely a bold step in the right direction for Marvel and Netflix’s new superhero television endeavour, which will continue with shows featuring Jessica Jones, »
- James Garcia
"Daredevil" is tough. Not the character, although that is one of the things I like about Matt Murdock, his dedication to putting himself in harm's way. There's an image at the end of the first trailer for the Netflix "Daredevil" series that kind of sums up how vulnerable he is, when he's freely bleeding from the face as he tries to stand up. What's tough is getting him right on film. People love to dismiss Mark Steven Johnson's "Daredevil" outright, but that's not fair. What I find fascinating about the film is how many things they did right while still ending up with a film that doesn't work. When they were in pre-production, they boarded the entire film and put together a massive book of designs, and looking through that art, it is absolutely pulled from the pages of the comics. There is a true devotion to the source »
- Drew McWeeny
It's been eight years since its release, but it.s still entertaining to make fun of one of Marvel Comics' worst fim adaptations: Mark Steven Johnson's Ghost Rider. Check out the new Cinema Sins video that tears apart one of the mediocre comic book movie entries. In nearly 20 minutes, Ghost Rider racked up 186 "sins," which is a lot more than their last superhero movie rant earned. With most movies, CinemaSins has a tendency to nitpick the hell out scenes and character traits, and admittedly there is a lot of that in this video. However, if any superhero film deserves to be ridiculed, it.s Ghost Rider. Starring Nicolas Cage, who won.t be ranking on the Best Superhero Actor list anytime soon, the film was critically panned upon its release in 2007 largely due to its bad script and for feeling "lifeless." Starting off with the ridiculous series of »
2007's Ghost Rider was written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson, who also provided the same two services on Ben Affleck's Daredevil. The film starred Nicolas Cage as John ″Johnny″ Blaze/Ghost Rider, Eva Mendes as Roxanne Simpson, Peter Fonda as Mephistopheles, Wes Bentley as Blackheart, Sam Elliott as Carter Slade/Phantom Rider/Caretaker and Donal Logue as Mack. Check out the video below to see "Everything Wrong With Ghost Rider." Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) was only a teenaged stunt biker when he sold his soul to the devil (Peter Fonda). Years later, Johnny is a world renowned daredevil by day, but at night, he becomes the Ghost Rider of Marvel Comics legend. The devil's bounty hunter, he is charged with finding evil souls on earth and bringing them to hell. But when a twist of fate brings Johnny's long-lost love (Eva Mendes) back into his life, Johnny realizes »
Concept artist Warren Manser ("The Dark Knight Rises") has a great collection of concept art that he created for Mark Steven Johnson's ("Ghost Rider") 2003 superhero film Daredevil. The film starred Ben Affleck ("Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice") as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Jennifer Garner ("Butter") as Elektra Natchios and Colin Farrell ("Total Recall") as Lester Poindexter/Bullseye. Below, are some alternate costume designs for all three. I especially like Elektra's trademark red costume better than the black leather getup she wore in the film. There's also alternate red and dark grey/black costumes for Daredevil, which should pique your interest. Daredevil (2003) - For Daredevil, justice is blind, and for the guilty, there's hell to pay! Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner ignite dangerous sparks and nonstop thrills in this dazzling action-adventure about the newest breed of superhero. By day, blind »
12 items from 2015
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