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Statham Is Out of ‘Daredevil’: Why Leaks Can Sometimes Do Damage

You may not know this, but there is a very real danger to reporting factual information early when it comes to Hollywood productions.  I’m not just talking about risking legal action from a studio’s law department or simply looking silly when the casting office zigs instead of zags and goes with someone else.  We all like to be the first on the scene (or at least among them) whenever possible, but there is such a thing as showing up too early.  It’s at this point in the game where your reporting becomes less about being “first” and more about being an actual hindrance to the production.  Case in point: yesterday’s leak over on Latino Review about Jason Statham being targeted to play Bullseye in the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil.

Long story short?  He was legitimately in heavy negotiations for the role and the leak killed it.  Perhaps his agent saw the positive uproar and instantly upped the actor’s asking fee?  Perhaps the studio spotted the same excited reaction and preemptively killed the deal out of fear of Statham’s management going for more money?  Who knows.  The bottom line is that yesterday the Crank star was at the top of the list and deep in negotiations and today Marvel has moved on to other pastures.

It’s not the first time that an early leak has killed a potential deal for Marvel.  The very same thing happened last year when Joaquin Phoenix entered negotiations to play the titular role in next year’s Doctor Strange.  The internet was ablaze with reactions of all kinds when the information leaked and the constant attention ultimately soured the deal.  Marvel and Phoenix ultimately parted ways and a few months later Benedict Cumberbatch scored the role.

The moral of the story is that sometimes we, as film writers, sometimes just need to sit on scoops until they are more fully formed.  And in this instance, things moved too fast.  Fear not, however!  As I stated earlier today, Daredevil begins production on its second season at the end of next month.  Casting will continue to move quickly and I have no doubt that Marvel has already begun serious talks with other potential Bullseyes.  Once again, we should expect casting for our favorite antagonistic Marvel assassin within the next month, along with other popular characters entering the fray as well.  Until then?  I guess we just all need to cool off.





  • Kaze

    Now why couldn’t this have happened with Ben Affleck as Batman?

    • Black Canarrow

      You dont know anything. Affleck is gonna fucking kill it as Batman. Have you seen the man in costume in the trailer?? he fucking IS Batman. he is a goddamn beast that would eat puny Bale or Keaton for breakfast. Affleck is the first Batman that actually is like the one from the comics.

      • Jake Bucsko

        Five seconds of footage and all of a sudden Affleck is the only true Batman…SMH

      • Cyber Slammer

        Shut up fool you know nothing.

      • He’s wearing fake muscles.

      • “When fanboys attack”

      • Fantasma Del Guapo

    • Maxime C

      I think people should give him a chance. Remember Heath Ledger for the Joker?

      • Kaze

        People keep saying this. And in general, I would agree. But I remember enjoying plenty of Heath Ledger’s performances before his turn as The Joker too. I can’t say the same for Ben Affleck. I’ve personally never enjoyed his work. But who knows. There’s a first time for everything. Perhaps he’ll finally do something other than act like a frat bro who sounds like he’s talking with his retainer in.

        • Maxime C

          Haha I get your point. I think I’ve only liked him in Argo and Gone Girl. But who knows? He can be a good Batman. Or he wouldn’t have had the part. That’s what I try to tell myself.

  • wehoaks

    It’s good thing BD stopped reporting actual news then!

    • Maxime C

      Haha I was going through all the comments to see if I was the only one thinking that !

  • jurgmandr

    what a fucking disappointment. Statham has pretty good acting chops, and he can definitely do fight scenes with no problem. He would’ve been a great Bullseye.

  • horrified_canuck

    So Latino-Review reports a leak (they even make sure to say the negotiations are unconfirmed, not “factual” as you say), then you repost their article about said leak, and then you imply LR is to blame for killing the deal when it falls apart? Classy, BD. Maybe instead of including a link to your own reposting of LR’s article, you could share a link or more info on how you know it was their article that killed the deal. But that might take actual reporting…

    Thanks for pointing out when production on season 2 starts, though. Oh wait, that was in Latino-Reviews article as well…

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    • Magegg

      Daredevil’s a tv series and it’s not based on greenscreen but physical stunts. Statham agreeing to appear in Marvel would counter the objections he stated publicly before, so Marvel would appear in real good light instead.

    • aaronmb

      What the hell does he think the Expendables movies were, especially that last piece of shit?

      • supersteel

        He thinks they were real people doing real stunts

        • Aaron

          There was tons of green screens/cgi in it, not to mention most of the final fight was stunt doubles.

  • Gorhob Perkins

    There’s 0 chance the talks were serious if a leak would kill it.

  • Bobby Jones

    if anyone here watched Furious 7, Stathom killed it as the bad guy, him passing on being Bullseye sucks

    • marklola12 .

      who says he passed on it lol

  • Collin Shaw

    How about Colin Ferel again? He did good last time, why not this time?

    • khail19

      and if that happens, bring J.K. Simmons back as J.J. Jonah!

      • AeluronLightsong

        JK Simmons as Jonah is like dropping gold in a room. It’s going have an awesome reaction.

        Seriously though I loved him in Spiderman 1-3. 🙂

    • Gilgamesh

      Nothing good came from that atrocity of a movie.

      • Collin Shaw

        It might not have been the greatest movie ever made but I still liked it.

      • RawBeard

        I liked Daredevil when I first saw it in the Cinema. And enjoyed it even more when the Directors Cut of Daredevil came out. That film gets a lot of flack and I think it’s mainly to do with everyone turning on Ben Affleck around that time.

        • Gilgamesh

          Hey man. To each their own.

    • His asking price is probably too high, and I doubt the producers want to do any sort of callbacks to that movie. They’ll want someone new.

      • Collin Shaw

        yea, makes sense

  • Sindy Pria

    There has to be more to this. If a simple leak killed the deal, it wasn’t a very serious deal, as Gorhob says.

  • It’s unlikely the leak had nothing to do with negotiations being dropped, I’d say it was Statham’s comments a couple of days ago about Marvel films lacking authenticity. There’s no way they’re going to hire a guy who just publicly dissed their movies.

    But yes, let’s place blame on Latino Review *cringe*

  • Mike L. Taylor

    Be interesting to see who they cast. I thought Derek Mears made for a pretty good Bullseye at the end of Joe Lynch and Adi Shankar’s “Truth In Journalism”.

  • Steven Peters

    Statham not playing Bullseye is a good thing not a bad thing. The Character of Bullseye is American from the Bronx Not Irish as many pople seem to think thanks to colin farrel and certainly nor British) and if Statham’s movie career has shown us one thing. It is that he is terrible at American accents. so if this leak did cause Statham to not get the role. Then it has just saved DD from becoming laughable

    • Yeah, it most definitely would NOT have been laughable, but I’m definitely glad he didn’t get the role. I’ve never been impressed with his acting skills. His tough guy skills are great, sure, but his acting is terrible. There are surely more interesting casting decisions out there. Who are you rooting for?

  • Dr.RoButtNik

    So, in this article “We all like to be the first on the scene (or at least among them)
    whenever possible, but there is such a thing as showing up too early” but then you don’t cite a source for the information that Statham’s out? Good job.

    • Well, that’s because they’re speculating wildly. You’re not supposed to look behind the curtain.

  • Eh. We can do better anyway. Neither Joaquin Phoenix or Jason Statham seemed particularly keen on getting into bed with Marvel or a superhero franchise. Even if the news hadn’t leaked, I’m sure both actors would have balked eventually.

  • Jeffrey

    Or maybe him being in talks wasn’t factual at all…

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