Newest ‘Daredevil: Born Again’ Writers Signal a Campy Sitcom for the Man Without Fear

by Matt Tuck

013123C-1024x536 Newest 'Daredevil: Born Again' Writers Signal a Campy Sitcom for the Man Without FearJust when we were excited about Daredevil’s return to the MCU, it may be time to manage our expectations. And by manage, I mean bury them and walk away. The same can be said for any hope that your Born Again key issues will turn a profit.

The latest news on the DD front is that Kevin Feige has hired a pair of writers to spearhead the next iteration of the Man Without Fear. For anyone hoping for a Frank Miller-inspired Born Again in the vein of Netflix’s Daredevil, that doesn’t appear to be the case. According to Cosmic Circus, Feige dipped into the CW’s Arrowverse, hiring Jill Blankenship and Grainne Godfree. If you have enjoyed the corny sitcom stylings of Phase Four, you’ll be happy with the choices. The rest of us will want to muffle our screams of frustration into pillows. 

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Who are the new additions? While both served on the Arrow writing team, Blankenship was the co-writer and executive producer for Naomi, which was famously canceled after just one season. Godfree wrote for The Flash and was a producer on the recently axed DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

This isn’t to say that DC’s various shows on CW don’t have their fans, with Arrow and The Flash having built large followings over the years. However, even the most dedicated viewers will attest to the shows relying heavily on cliche plots and dialogue that make these glorified, campy kids’ shows. Of course, Phase Four has been geared towards a teen/pre-teen audience, so the pair should fit right in. 

HAS MARVEL LEARNED NOTHING FROM PHASE FOUR’S FAILURES?

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Thor: Love and Thunder has been getting all the heat from disappointed MCU fans. While it stands as the shining representative of what disappointed audiences hate about Phase Four, it’s certainly not the only silly entry into the current Marvel slate. 

Virtually all of this phase with few exceptions have been filled with sitcom-style humor better suited for Friends than a Marvel adaptation. Whether that can be blamed on Feige or if it’s a mandate handed down by his Disney overlords is a mystery. In either case, it has been the reality for viewers, and judging by the new hires, things aren’t about to change.

When it came to She-Hulk, the Disney Plus show was one entry where the sitcom silliness was warranted. After all, the fine tradition of She-Hulk comics as self-aware comedy was established way back in 1989. Presenting her in a lighthearted fashion and even twerking with a trendy celebrity was fitting. Then, they had to drag Daredevil into it.

SO MUCH FOR DARK AND GRITTY

Drew Goddard set the bar astronomically high with his love letter to Frank Miller. Taking heavy cues from the writer’s iconic work that took Daredevil from goofy, Adam West Batman ripoff to a dark and gritty crime story, Netflix’s adaptation remains the standard in how to adapt a serious comic book. When Charlie Cox made his cameo as Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it induced cheers from theatrical audiences. By the time Marvel teased us with Cox appearing in full DD costume in She-Hulk, fan expectations were high. 

Reality came crashing down. As soon as Feige and company dialed back the costume from the more popular red attire that we saw on Netflix to something closer to DD’s original ‘60s threads, it was the first clue as to what was planned. The Disney Plus Daredevil would be based on Stan Lee’s creation, not the beloved noir-influenced and perfect Miller run. 

After Marvel announced that Cox would be taking the character to Daredevil: Born Again, visions of Goddard’s Netflix series danced in our heads. After all, Born Again was Miller’s return to the title with another impressive run that has since become legendary among DD fans. If Cox’s time on She-Hulk wasn’t enough of a hint that we’re not getting another grounded, brutal, and dramatic show, the recent news of Marvel’s hires all but confirms that Born Again will be another action-comedy aimed at teens and pre-teens.

Who knows? Maybe they’ll surprise us all, but the writing’s on the wall. At this point, maybe it should be renamed Daredevil: Please, God, No.

AAA-Footer-CL Newest 'Daredevil: Born Again' Writers Signal a Campy Sitcom for the Man Without Fear*Any perceived investment advice is that of the freelance blogger and does not represent advice on behalf of GoCollect. 

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15 comments

algonwolf February 8, 2023 - 12:41 am

Oh f*ck!

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Just Pelé ♰ (@Just_Pele) February 8, 2023 - 3:47 am

Proving yet again that Marvel can, and usually will, ruin anything.

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Steven Moore February 8, 2023 - 9:07 am

Agree with respect to Marvel Phase 4. There’s a palpable sense that cinematic momentum is shifting toward DC and away from Marvel. Disney is obviously struggling with how to reconcile the more adult-oriented nature of much of Marvel comics with their brand. The end result may not be pretty for Marvel or for Disney.

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Joseph Overaitis February 8, 2023 - 11:49 am

Makes investing in marvel comics based upon tv and movies now scary Matt. I have a question I want to pose for you… is this a Vince McMahon type decision? The WWE CEO was known to not favor non homegrown wrestlers vs his creations. Daredevil was a Netflix success so maybe they are afraid to compete with that version because it might fail when compared to that version. Here they can say they went completely different way to protect themselves…What do you think

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Ben Miller February 8, 2023 - 12:21 pm

This article is complete click bait. If you read the original article from Cosmic Circus, it has a completely different view of the writers that have been hired. Further, it doesn’t just mention the 2 CW writers above, mutliple other writers who have covered a lot of different shows. There’s zero indication that this will be a CW-type show. Nothing about Moon Knight, Loki or Falcon and The Winter Soldier were campy or simply for teens — all Phase 4 shows.

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Matt Tuck February 8, 2023 - 5:06 pm

Moon Knight and Loki had plenty of corny moments, but I’ll agree that FATWS wasn’t primarily aimed at teens. Still, there’s no argument that the current trend in the MCU is mainly geared toward the younger crowd, hence the dumbed-down plots and overall silliness.

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jack alberti February 10, 2023 - 1:47 am

Dumbed down plots? Clearly, you’re not much of a comic book fan.

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Mohammad Yasin February 8, 2023 - 4:55 pm

Yes because dc doing dark and gritty worked out so well it became a meme

The arrowverse was pretty unique and unlike any other superhero content also there were dark moments it wasn’t sitcomy lol

Marvel wants things to be all ages so what’s wrong with having things for teens not everything has to be for you

that’s actually a genius move they built out an entire tv universe and we’re fantastic storytellers and Feigie believes in storytellers and if dc has no use for em then I say welcome

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jack alberti February 8, 2023 - 4:59 pm

Nothing to be upset about. DD is going back to his Stan Lee and Wally Wood origins.

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Matt Tuck February 8, 2023 - 5:07 pm

I’d argue that, like the X-Men, few readers cared about DD before his revolution in the ’70s.

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jack alberti February 10, 2023 - 1:45 am

Few readers? Really? Well, enough readers for DD to be an ongoing series well before Miller’s dark era. Not sure why so many crave all this darkness. I’m glad Marvel is going this lighter route.

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bronzeagedj February 8, 2023 - 6:58 pm

This article is a surprising take on the original article written by Cosmic Circus. I seriously hope your readers take the time to read the original article and form their own opinions. In addition to the CW writers, there are several others including the showrunners that have plenty of experience with serious projects (ie. Law and Order, CSI, Enemy Within, etc.). The original article paints the picture more as courtroom drama mixed with action and espionage. Albeit, its not going to be Your Honor or Last of Us level of show, but I’ll take CSI: Hells Kitchen !

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Jack Kornblatt February 9, 2023 - 10:27 am

This is a complete misrepresentation of who the writers room for Daredevil Born Again will be

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Jkay February 10, 2023 - 11:54 am

The bias on this article does ring a bit odd. So many writers have signed on to Born Again and to make it seem like just the CW ones are going to have the most influence is at the very least misleading. It also seems like there’s a big axe to grind with Marvel phase 4, and that’s fine if you just didn’t enjoy it, but extrapolating the tone of She Hulk to every other Phase 4 property is false. As stated, She Hulk’s formula was very appropriate for that show and character, and Love and Thunder was just a bad film, it happens, but I don’t see how any of the other shows/films had a “sitcom/campy” feel to them. Loki and Moon Knight had “corny” moments? Does “corny” equal any moment of levity? Because even the Netflix Daredevil show had plenty of moments of levity.

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Michael B February 14, 2023 - 1:49 am

Oh my God I’m kinda excited. I loved their DC work, watched the hell out of those shows, and want to see more over at Marvel

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