But thankfully we’ll have what looks to be another terrific streaming series from Marvel with Jessica Jones premiering on Nov. 20.
Speaking of Daredevil, though, we recently learned some gossip from Matt Damon about what we could have seen regarding the ill-fated first attempt to bring the blind vigilante to the screen. He recently revealed that he had originally dreamed of taking on the role but cold feet kept him from acting on it.
“…I chickened out, because I couldn’t tell,” Damon said. “I hadn’t seen the director (Mark Steven Johnson’s) work and I didn’t know. So I just said, ‘No.’ Ben was like, ‘I gotta do it.’”
It turned out that the Bourne Identity actor’s reservations were well-founded as the 2003 film has become something of a cautionary tale on how not to make a comic book movie. Despite a strong cast that featured the likes of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner—as Matt “Daredevil” Murdock and on-again-off-again lover and assassin Elektra, respectively—the movie was ravaged by critics. It also left many wondering if anyone would ever be willing to touch the hero with a 10-foot billy club.
So far, fans seem to be plenty pleased with the latest portrayal of the character by Charlie Cox in the new Netflix series, but it’s definitely interesting to think about what Damon could have brought to the role. Although there are no plans to play the character yet, Damon said that he’d be open to the idea if the right director came along. “If Chris Nolan came up to me and said, ‘I want to do Daredevil,’ I would be in,” he said.
Anyone who’s seen any of the Bourne movies knows that Damon has the physical prowess and action chops required to take on the hard-hitting fight scenes of the latest series. Word has it that filming has begun on the latest Bourne movie, the fifth in the franchise, and the project is scheduled for a July 29, 2016 release date.
The newfound success of the formerly disgraced hero has many (well, me at least!) calling for a new video game based on the character. The last time the hero of Hell’s Kitchen had his own game, it was a rather mediocre title for the Game Boy Advance way back in 2003. But the character has been cropping up in games again with his own themed slot machine at this online platform alongside other prominent characters from the Marvel universe including Elektra and the Iron Man. It’s fun to see all of our favorite weapons, gadgets, villains, and allies applied to such a simple gaming style like a slot machine. However, there remains endless potential for what could be done with a good Daredevil game.
You’d think that with such awesome games as Batman: Arkham Knight that some developer would have gotten to work on one for our red suit-wearing hero. But alas, the great solo superhero titles are somewhat few and far between, so until we hear anything else here, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed.