What started out as a slow week in the comic book movie world picked up quite a bit of speed in the last 48 hours, with David Slade named as director for a "Daredevil" pseudo-sequel, and Darren Aronofsky announcing his departure from "The Wolverine." And while much remains uncertain about both of these high-profile projects, the convergence of these two items got us thinking around Splash Page HQ, and we ended up with a modest proposal.
Why? Well, not only does it make sense stylistically, but it works out quite nicely on the logistics side, too. Just hear me out on this, okay?
In Aronofsky's official statement regarding his exit from "The Wolverine," the filmmaker stated that his primary reason for leaving the film was the time he'd have to spend out of the country and away from his family. The original, 2003 "Daredevil" movie was shot almost entirely in Los Angeles, and given that the new film will also be set in the Marvel version of New York City, there's reason to believe that the upcoming sequel won't take its creative team outside the U.S., either — which could make it just the right project for Aronofsky.
On the other side, Slade was one of the former leading contenders to direct "The Wolverine" before Aronofsky was handed the job. The "30 Days Of Night" and "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" director has shown a knack for scripting dark, violent tales that feature intense action sequences, which is exactly the type of story Frank Miller and Chris Claremont created in the comic book arc that inspires the film.
It's also worth noting that, between Daredevil and Wolverine, Matt Murdock's adventures have generally been more cerebral than Logan's two-fisted tales. While Wolverine has had his share of introspective moments, it's not uncommon for the blind, lawyer-by-day vigilante to go without donning his iconic costume for the bulk of a multiple-issue story arc. The exploration of themes like power, justice, love, and privacy that dominate Daredevil's history seems like a perfect fit for Aronofsky, who's shown he's more than capable of shaping a character-driven story around complicated concepts.
Finally, the stars seem aligned to pull the ol' director switcheroo as far as rights and ownership of the two properties, too. 20th Century Fox owns the rights to both the "Daredevil" sequel and "The Wolverine," so it's not out of the realm of possibilities that Slade could be promoted to the bigger-budgeted "The Wolverine," and Aronofsky could remain in the U.S. to make "Daredevil" the first project in his two-year deal with the studio.
So there's my case, folks. Could it really happen? Only time will tell — but just in case it does, you heard it here first!