David Slade Teases Daredevil Reboot News and Sets Record Straight About Justice League of America and The Shadow
05.29.11 by BJSprecher
Director David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight Saga: Eclipse) has once again skipped the middle man, so to speak, by using his twitter account to communicate directly to his fans about his latest project, Sony Pictures' new Daredevil movie. Back in March, shortly after he had accepted the directing gig on the Marvel Comics adaptation, Slade took to twitter to explain that his Daredevil will "bare no relation" to the 2003 movie that starred Ben Affleck. Yesterday, amidst a string of tweets about his artwork, the Rapture and breakfast cereals, Slade teased that a big Daredevil announcement would be coming soon.
Daredevil is ongoing, official news will break next week.. Can't say more.
Slade also used twitter yesterday to set the record straight about two other live-action comic book movie adaptations that his name has been associated with in recent years, including Justice League of America (JLA) for Warner Bros (WB). Written by Kieran and Michele Mulroney—the brother and sister-in-law of actor Dermot Mulroney, who coincidentally provided the voice of JLA member Green Lantern in The Batman animated series—JLA would have brought all of DC Comics' marquee superheroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman together in one movie in much the same way that Marvel Studios is bringing together its heroes in The Avengers, due out next summer.
Just saw an old article on JLA that I can put straight too. I was never officially hired, nor did I have an office..
I met the writers The Mulrooneys [sic], read their script and liked it, I got a ton of swag from the on site DC merchandising shop for free..
..and that was that, I brainstormed with a line producer but we never did a budget. I think they met a few people.
Eventually I think George Miller [sic] tried but I hear they had budget problems. This is how the rumours get around, and this is how they end.
Whether JLA had budget problems or not, the nail in the coffin for the movie is most often attributed to the 2007-08 Writer's Guild of America strike. WB is once again contemplating a JLA movie, with President Jeff Robinov saying as recently as March that the studio would like to get a JLA movie "on the big screen in 2013" and that a script is already being written.
There has also been a rumor going around for some time that Slade would direct a reboot of The Shadow, something he seemed completely mystified by.
As for THE SHADOWS [sic], complete fabrication. I have never been asked or heard anything about doing a film version.