Daredevil Month: The Sequel Never Made

Posted: March 15, 2015 in Comic Book Study
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Image taken from screenrant.com

Welcome back to Daredevil Month everyone. Remember Ben Affleck’s Daredevil in 2003? Despite the relatively poor reception the film (as well as its sequel/spin off Elektra) received, there was still talk of a sequel as late as 2006, and believe it or not, this was something Fox seriously had on its mind. They put a good bit into a sequel that never saw the light of day, just like the two cartoons I mentioned yesterday. Just like yesterday, I ask you this: Do you think this movie would have been good? Or would it have snagged Ben Affleck another Razzie Award? You be the judge.

First off, there was never a complete story ironed out for a sequel, just a lot of rough ideas thrown around by the director of the first film, Mark Steven Johnson. Among the ideas were an adaptation of the “Born Again” storyline (a story in which Daredevil’s girlfriend Karen Page is a heroin addict and acts in pornographic films, Kingpin tortures Daredevil for a great deal of time, and Matt’s entire personal life is practically torn apart), or even Kevin Smith’s eight issue run, with Kingpin and Mr. Fear being thrown into the mix to see if they’d fit the story.

Could this have been a good movie? Image taken from wikipedia.org

Speaking of the Kingpin, actor Michael Clark Duncan had already lost a bit of weight between Daredevil and talks about the sequel. Despite seeming agreeable towards coming back, Duncan, stating that he didn’t want to gain weight for the role if a sequel should start filming, suggested that the Kingpin could have been training in prison to become a better fighter against Daredevil. This is definitely an interesting idea, and one that definitely could have fit the sequel storyline if the character was included.

As far as Daredevil himself, Ben Affleck has gone on record flip flopping between wanting to do another Daredevil film and wanting the franchise to stay dead. In an interview with scifi.com (now syfy.com), which was also covered by IGN, Affleck stated that he’d only do a sequel if Kevin Smith was attached to write the story. However, later on he said that he’d been “inoculated” from being a superhero on film again after his experiences with the first Daredevil film (ironically, Affleck is now playing Batman in the DC Cinematic Universe).

Any other details I missed about Daredevil 2? Do you think it could have turned out great, or just horrible? Leave a comment below, follow me on Twitter, and don’t forget to check out the Comic Books vs The World Youtube channel. I hope you all keep enjoying Daredevil Month!


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