Kevin Smith is Pushing to Direct an Episode of DAREDEVIL For Marvel
Kevin Smith recently directed a great episode of The Flash, and now he's set his sights on an episode of a different superhero series. He wants to direct an episode of Marvel's Daredevil and he's pushing to make it happen.
As you know, Smith is no stranger to the comic book world. He's a freakin' hardcore fan who has worked on several different properties over the years. One of those properties was Daredevil, and he wants back in on the action. In an interview with IGN, Smith explained:
"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. 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?'"
Even though Marvel hasn't officially announced a third season of Daredevil yet, it's safe to say that it's coming. The next time we might actually see the character could be in The Defenders, which is another project that Smith would like a piece of.
"You know, they're gearing up now for The Defenders. If I can get a piece of that Defenders mini-series holy shit, 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 fuckin' Yoga Hosers."
As much as I hated Yoga Hosers, I still think Smith is a decent filmmaker that has fun with the stories he tells. He's not looking to make any comic book feature film anytime soon, though. He says that the episodic format is better suited for him. He explains:
"I don't know if a feature would be [for me]. 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 an 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 shit! 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."
He's absolutely right and you know what? I think it would actually be great if Smith jumped on board with Marvel to direct one or two Daredevil episodes. I think he'd do some awesome things with it. Let's just see if he can campaign himself into the director's chair. What do you think of the thought of Smith working on the Daredevil series?