‘John Wick’ Director Talks Helming Daredevil, and the Issue with Comic Book Films
He is among the most beloved characters in Marvel’s current slate, and fans have been anxiously awaiting news on who will bring his next chapter to life, as someone often linked to the project, the John Wick director, Chad Stahelski, talks about helming Daredevil and the problem with Comic Book films.
Despite what has been a rather inconsistent year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has shown no signs of slowing down, and nothing spoke to that reality more than their massive two-year announcement at the return of San Diego Comic-Con.
Kevin Feige took the stage at Hall H and not only announced a restructuring of Phase Four, but that plans had already been well underway on the development of Phase Five and even Phase Six, with the character of Matt Murdock factoring heavily into the former two.
With the character emerging as a fan favorite in recent years, there has been talk of who could take the role as a visionary for his MCU return, and in a recent interview- when asked about rumors he would be up for the job- John Wick director Chad Stahelski talked Daredevil and the issue with comic book films.
In an interview reported by ComicBook.com, Stahelski discussed the freedom of developing stories centered around brand new Intellectual properties, and the constriction of working within fandoms; stating “As far as Daredevil goes, its the same thing.”
Stahelski added, “Look at the filmmaker challenge, right? The fans want us to make something that fits in what they’ve kind of seen before. So it’s slightly nostalgic and kind of what they want, but subverted enough to be different and fresh.”
The director continued, “How do you keep doing that with 50 Star Wars properties? You’re going to mess up. You’re going to tread. I’m not defending either side, it’s just a tricky line when you’re dealing with existing IP, especially something as massive as a 75-year-old superhero comic book…”
Although it is a fair concern for Stahelski, there is a freshness of film adaptation that has allowed the MCU to feel both nostalgic and fresh, with the genre moving forward in how it approaches these beloved heroes.