One of the rare disappointments to come out of the Marvel universe is the 2003 movie, “Daredevil.” And Stan Lee hasn’t forgotten.
“‘Daredevil’ didn’t do as well as everybody hoped,” Lee told Business Insider when asked which Marvel character he hopes will make it to the big screen next. “I think that, unfortunately, they didn’t portray him the right way.”
The film starred Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock, who, after going blind at a young age, becomes a crime fighting superhero with his enhanced remaining senses. While it hit number one at the box office opening weekend with $US40 million, by its second weekend, the film dropped almost 60% in sales.
Overall, it made $US179 million worldwide on a $US78 million budget. Despite being torn apart by critics, the film sits at 45%
on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, “Daredevil” led to a spinoff, “Elektra,” which bombed two years later.
Among all the Marvel releases, Affleck’s take on the superhero currently ranks 28th (wedged between “Ghost Rider” an “Blade II”) at the box office.
So Marvel dusted itself off and moved on, eventually becoming a juggernaut in Hollywood.
The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has allowed Daredevil to have new life, on episodic television. Through itsdeal with Netflix, Marvel created a “Daredevil” series which debuted its first season early April. With a grittier tone than the movie, someincredible action, and a greatopening creditssequence, the show has found afanbase(and people like “Avengers” director Joss Whedonpushing harderfor a new movie).
Lee believes it’s only a matter of time until another “Daredevil” movie is in the works, and that when Marvel does pull the trigger, it will do right by Murdock.
“Sooner or later there will be another ‘Daredevil’ movie,” he predicts. “And I think it will do very well.”
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