After witnessing movies like Batman Begins, The Incredible Hulk, and Casino Royale breathe new life into fledgling franchises, Fox has decided to take another shot at Daredevil by hiring David Slade to direct a "continuation of the Daredevil saga."

This new Daredevil flick will feature a whole new cast, meaning Ben Affleck in the titular role of Marvel’s blind vigilante. What a bummer (*wink wink*). The first movie, released in 2003, actually performed admirably at the box office (pulling in $102 million domestically) despite critics and audiences being generally lukewarm towards it. But it was the failure of the film's spinoff Elektra that really put the brakes on Daredevil's cinematic future for a while.

Slade, who directed the solid horror comic book adaptation 30 Days of Night and the mega popular but critically panned The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, was actually in contention to direct Hugh Jackman's solo superhero endeavor, the currently in pre-production The Wolverine, before Darren Aronofksy (Black Swan) got the job.

Daredevil has been one of Marvel’s most enduring characters after being created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett in 1964. Though, the red-suited hero gained true notoriety in 1981 when a young Frank Miller took over writing duties and completely redefined the character. Since then, Daredevil's stories have been written by some of the comic book industry’s most talented writers, such as Denny O’Neil, Brian Michael Bendis, and Ed Brubaker.

It'll be interesting to see if this new Daredevil film is given the proper time and budget it needs to match the success of the comics.

[Via Variety]