Drunk With Power, Kevin Smith Wants to Direct ‘Daredevil’ and ‘The Defenders’
Kevin Smith seems to have embraced his new role as a TV director, already returning to The Flash with an eye toward Buckaroo Banzai and a Mallrats TV series, but the comic icon now wants to capitalize on his own Daredevil history. Could Smith end up directing an episode of Marvel’s Netflix Defenders, or Daredevil Season 3?
Even as Daredevil Season 3 lacks a formal greenlight beyond The Defenders (itself set to begin shooting at the end of the year), Smith told IGN that he’d love for his Flash directing success to translate over to Marvel, particularly given his history writing Daredevil comics with now-Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada:
I feel very at home in that Flash world, so much so that I’d love to do the others. I even told 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?’
Defenders might prove a more logical choice, given its schedule ahead of a potential Daredevil Season 3, to which Smith added:
You know, they’re gearing up now for The Defenders. 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.’
In the meantime, Smith certainly has his plate full with TV work, while final Defender Iron Fist continues shooting for a 2017 launch, but might Daredevil end up reuniting with the Mallrats director?
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