David Slade will direct Fox’s next big-screen Daredevil film, accordin to Variety, which broke the news.
Slade’s name had been bandied about when another superhero property, “Wolverine,” was casting about for an adamantium lover to assume the director’s chair. The British director — his recent films include “Eclipse” and “30 Days of Night” — lost that gig to “Black Swan’s” Darren Aronofsky.
Ben Affleck, of course, suited up for the Matt Murdock role in 2003’s “Daredevil.” Fox reportedly plans to the big-screen superhero in a new direction but does not plan to consider what so often is Superhero Hollywood’s favorite word: “reboot.”
Update: The Hollywood Reporter says the film will be based on the great “Born Again” story arc of the ’80s by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, in which Kingpin drives a broken Daredevil to delusion and despair. (And which opens the door for a natural Peter Parker/Andrew Garfield cameo.)
Miller’s track record in Hollywood includes writing and directing “The Spirit” (a commercial disappointment), co-directing the stylish “Sin City” and producing the mondo hit “300” (global gross approached a half-billion dollars).