When you’re pitching a project in a hurry, sometimes it’s good to cut together a trailer of pre-existing footage to show to studio executives the direction your movie is going to take without having to actually shoot anything.
It’s rare that we get to check any of these out, so imagine my surprise when I learned that Joe Carnahan tweeted not-one-but-TWO versions of his ‘Daredevil’ sizzle reel from his Twitter account now that it looks like his shot at ‘Daredevil’ is gone.
Two versions exist. One is an “NC-17″ version that shows brief clips of realistic violence shot in an old school exploitation way and the “PG-13″ version relies a bit more on moving panels from existing Daredevil comics, but the overall feel is almost the same.
It looks to be loosely based on the Frank Miller “Man Without Fear” miniseries where the comics giant re-wrote Daredevil’s origin much like he re-vamped Batman with “Year One.” I say this because certain notable panels from Miller’s run show up in the sizzle reel, especially the shots that show Matt Murdoch holding a tattered Daredevil costume.
I’d also say loosely based, because all we really see is Daredevil kicking butt, some lines from an underworld (and, notably white, though if the first Daredevil movie didn’t exist, I doubt it’d be notable) Kingpin.
Seems like Carnahan 1970s-exploitation oriented Daredevil could have been a lot of fun. Too bad we won’t be getting it.
Want to hear Frank Miller talk about Daredevil?
Yeah you do.