Following Frank Miller is precisely like having that friend who's brilliant and smart and funny and occasionally so incredibly wrong about something that you have a hard time believing what he's saying. I mean, this is the guy behind The Dark Knight Returns and 300 and Sin City, but then he's also the guy who made The Dark Knight Strikes Again and the weirdness that was the film version of The Spirit. He's perhaps best remembered for the story arcs that he helped created in the 1980s, which include Batman: Year One with David Mazzucchelli (which is now being made into an animated film) and Daredevil: Born Again, also with Mazzucchelli. In what we can only hope bodes well for the franchise, it looks like the forthcoming Daredevil franchise reboot might actually wind up being an adaptation of Born Again.
That's what The Hollywood Reporter is saying, at any rate, reporting that Fox has hired Brad Caleb Kane, a writer and producer for Fringe, to write the script for their planned reboot/sequel/whatever. If you haven't read Born Again, quit your job, shut off the internet, go find a comic book shop, and come back in a couple hours when you're done with it. It's a hell of a story, involving The Kingpin discovering Matt Murdock's secret identity and using that information to wreck his life, with a few moments of genuine pathos and, of course, Miller-esque over-the-topness.
Of course, it's not all good news: Kane's only produced feature was the dire Brooklyn's Finest, but he's apparently got a reputation around town for writing good scripts, so we'll give him a mulligan this time around. The feature doesn't have a director or a star yet, so things could still shift around. Assuming that Ben Affleck would be too expensive to bring back, who would you want to see don the red suit? I'll go left field and say: Justin Timberlake.