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Here’s a good life lesson: if you’re ever wondering if you’re respected in your field or if you’re going to make a solid middle finger shaped dent in your industry of choice, just check to see if you’ve been given the job of showrunner for the second season of Daredevil. Good ahead, check, I’ll wait here. Ok, well if you’re the one guy who has been given that job, you’re doing pretty damn well for yourself. That man is Marco Ramirez, and I’m sure it’s not lost on him how big a deal it is to be handed a show that has garnered a gargantuan level of audience and critical acclaim. If anything it looks as though Ramirez is a pretty ambitious fella, because Screen Rant is reporting that the showrunner is taking on another hot property with as much promise as audience demand and as much audience demand as potential bottomless pitfalls.
Apparently, Ramirez is to write the script for a live action adaptation of the hugely successful and influential manga Akira. You’re gonna know the name Akira for one of two reasons: one, you’re a true blue fan of the cyber punk dystopian story of motorcycle gangs, heroic teens, government testing and psionic badassery. The other reason is you’ve been following the mainly downhill teacup ride of writers and directors taking on the project and then leaving it on a shelf somewhere to be played with by someone else. Warner Bros started the trend and from there the hopes for the project have consistently dwindled, with controversies that the Tokyo based story was being grossly westernised, moving to America with white actors.
We should be more sceptical than we are right now, but there’s something about the Daredevil job and his work on Sons of Anarchy – which definitely has some dystopian groundwork – that gives of bright strobe lights of hope that are maybe blinding us to how tricky an Akira adaptation will be to reinvigorate. But there’s just too much audience demand, and Ramirez is certainly aware of this and hopefully realises that keeping an Akira adaptation authentic will be more successful than a westernised monster that doesn’t appeal to anyone. So good luck Mr Ramirez, and smooth sailing to you.
Say what you will about Marvel movie fans, above all they are venture capitalists. As soon as they see something that works or has real potential, they’re immediately on the lookout for a way to expand it or the next big thing to connect it to. So it’s no surprise that as soon as Netflix’s hit TV show Daredevil started making waves, fans were abuzz about where the show can go next, both with Netflix and on the big screen. Well, according to Screen Rant, one thing we know for sure is that lead actor Charlie Cox (aka Matt Murdock) is all kinds of into Daredevil joining his crime fighting buds in theatres. Here’s what Cox had to say on the matter in an interview with IGN:
“Yeah that would be awesome – I’d love to do that… And usually when you’ve got a two-hour movie, it’s action-packed, and so I think that’s one of the things that the show has really benefited from – having that extra time to really get to know and sit with these characters and see them as humans. But I’d love to see ‘Daredevil’ on the big screen again. It would be great. And if I could be involved with that, I’d be thrilled.”
Given the show’s early but I’m no way premature critical success, it wouldn’t be hard to fathom a cameo or two in some of the bigger upcoming Marvel projects. On the other hand, given the number of characters being introduced in Phase 3 alone, Marvel will most likely be cautious of overpowering the stew with too many ingredients. Plus, you have to consider that the devil of Hell’s Kitchen is going to have his hands full with the Defenders once they start showing their faces. One of the most refreshing things about Daredevil is that it shows the day to day side of the Marvel universe – the side that was dumbstruck by the invasion of Avengers Assemble but still had to go to work the next day, as a citizen, a hero or a criminal. So maybe Daredevil will be staying out of the Avengers Base, at least for the time being.
Would you like to see Cox get horny on the big screen? Wait, no not that.