Daredevil has won over many comic book fans, bringing the series to life with a dark tone that matches a certain era of the comics on which it was based. With continued success and popularity, it is no surprise that the series would catch the attention of talented professionals. One industry professional who has had his eye on Daredevil since the premiere of season one is Kevin Smith, author of the Guardian Devil series in the Daredevil comics.
Smith’s Hollywood background, until recently, has been based in projects that he has developed himself. Mostly known for feature films such as Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, and Chasing Amy, Smith also has a reality show about his own comic book shop, Comic Book Men. Before directing a recent episode of The Flash, Smith had never expressed interest in directing a project over which he did not have creative control. But now that he has experienced the television world solely as a director, he has decided that he enjoys that world, and has his eyes on a toy-box where he has already had the chance to play.
I feel very at home in that Flash world, so much so that I’d love to do the others. I even told [Marvel chief creative officer] Joe Quesada – we worked on Daredevil together back in the day, I wrote it, he drew it – I said, ‘Dude, I want to direct Daredevil, man. That’d be wild to be able to do it in real-life – let’s co-direct it, that’d be cool, just like we did the book. We could co-direct an episode and then, like, take the passion from the page to the screen.
Smith and Quesada worked together on Guardian Devil, with Quesada illustrating Smith’s writing. In a recent podcast with Quesada, Smith compared his experience directing The Flash to working with artists on comic books. Smith has a tendency to set his mind to something, then try to make it happen. This is his approach with the idea of directing Daredevil.
I’m going to try and make that Daredevil thing happen. Every time I talk to Quesada or [Executive Vice President of Marvel Television] Jeph Loeb, I’m like, ‘Hey! When are you going back down to the cameras?’
At this time, Daredevil hasn’t even officially been renewed for a third season, so the discussion is purely theoretical. However, we will see Charlie Cox as Daredevil again, with the other Marvel Netflix characters, in The Defenders.
“You know, they’re gearing up now for The Defenders,” he said. “If I can get a piece of that Defenders mini-series holy s**t, could you imagine, dude? Because then you’re working with multiple suits at once, that’d be phenomenal.
“Just doing a mini Avengers – even one episode of that run of Defenders is like, ‘oh, I get to exercise any interest I had in Avengers but doing it on a scale where nobody’s betting $200 million on the guy that made f**kin’ Yoga Hosers.”
Yoga Hosers is the low-budget film that Smith is currently marketing, set to release later this summer. Even though he has a background in movies, Smith went on to explain that he has no interest in directing a Marvel feature film.
“I don’t know if a feature would be [for me],” he explained. “In episodic, somebody did all the heavy lifting for you, told this backstory, and added to the characters and stuff, so you’ve got this rich tapestry to play with for an hour where you don’t have to tell everybody and origin story, or tell everyone how this person feels about being this character.
“In movies, spectacle’s what drives that engine, because that’s what they’re going to put in the trailer, that’s what’s going to make you leave your house to go see it. ‘Holy s**t! Did you see that shot of a giant wave?’ I’m not that guy. I’m the guy where they’ve got to sell it on, ‘oh, did you see that scene where they were talking to each other?’ That’s generally not what people are looking for in a comic book movie.”
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