Daredevil 2003’s Director Appears to be like Again on Its Highs and Lows

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Earlier than Charlie Cox fought dudes in hallways and made frequent blind jokes within the MCU, 2003’s Daredevil film hung over Matt Murdock for years. The Ben Affleck-led movie may most likely be thought-about a cult basic lately in some respects, however it doesn’t actually come up in dialog, until somebody desires to say that Cox’s Matt Murdock is the definitive version of the character.

Daredevil hit its 20thh birthday earlier than the weekend began, and Yahoo Entertainment managed to take a seat down with its director Mark Steven Johnson to look again on the movie. Johnson, who additionally directed 2007’s Ghost Rider, was upfront in saying that the maligned movie was bursting on the seams. “I needed all the pieces to be in there, however the movie may solely help a lot,” mentioned Johnson. “I needed to do Daredevil’s origin story, and I needed to do the Elektra Saga and I needed to introduce Bullseye and Foggy. […] One of many errors I made with the movie was wanting to place all the pieces in!”

When Daredevil had its bodily launch, there was additionally a extra well-liked director’s cut that includes a subplot with the late Coolio. Understandably, Johnson considers that the “actual” model of the movie, because it has extra of all the pieces within the theatrical lower and comes out to be a “extra full” movie. “While you’re informed to chop a half-hour out and and make it extra of a love story, issues star to really feel rushed and never fairly proper. It’s a fan factor: once you love one thing a lot, you wish to inform all of it.”

In that very same interview, Johnson opened up on what he had in thoughts for a possible sequel. Like the unique movie, his comply with up would’ve put deal with extra of Matt’s love life, however this time with Karen Web page (performed by Ellen Pompeo). However that was solely depending on the success of the spinoff movie for Jennifer Garner’s Elektra, which launched in 2005 to not a lot crucial or industrial fanfare. “I didn’t work on the Elektra film in any respect, however that one didn’t work out after which all the pieces sort of went away, sadly,” he mentioned.

For the total look again at Daredevil 2003, which additionally contains Johnson’s ideas on racebending the Kingpin (as performed by the late Michael Clarke Duncan) and Marvel’s involvement together with his film on the time, you may learn it here. And you may watch the Daredevil film over on HBO Max.


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