The upcoming big-screen revival of Daredevil has added a new writer to hopefully help bring Marvel's vision-impaired-vigilante some box-office glory.
Newcomer, David James Kelly gets a shot at the big time, replacing Fringe writer, Brad Caleb Kane for the job of penning the script for the blind badass lawyer's return to celluloid.
The script he is to write will reportedly adapt Frank Miller's 1986 "Born Again" storyline from the comics, in which Daredevil's arch-rival Kingpin discovers his true identity as lawyer, Matt Murdock.
Will the "Man Without Fear" be done justice this time around?
In March of last year, director, David Slade was put on the project with ambitions of reviving the franchise after the 2003 film starring Ben Affleck was a critical and financial flop. (As was its 2005 spinoff, Elektra.) While avoiding the dreaded word, "reboot," Slade did make it perfectly clear that this new film would have "no relation to the previous Daredevil movie in any way." (So, in other words, it's a reboot.)
Indeed, it's safe to say that Ben Affleck won't be back as the crimson-suited superhero, nor will Michael Clarke Duncan as his crime boss rival, Kingpin. Hopefully, we will be getting a film from a creative team that is well-versed in the psychological nuances of the character's better moments in the pages of Marvel comics; specifically relating to Frank Miller's work in "Born Again," where an obsessed Kingpin methodically attempts to destroy every aspect of Matt Murdock's personal life.
It will certainly be interesting to see what results from a script from an untested commodity like David James Kelly and a director, David Slade, who is known for moodier fare and showering the screen with vampires in 30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.