Despite being very busy with his upcoming films ‘Yoga Hosers’, ‘Clerks III’, and ‘Moose Jaws’, Kevin Smith has carved out a nice bit of television action for himself. Recently, the fan favorite cult filmmaker also known as Silent Bob announced that he’s working on bringing ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ and his ‘Mallrats’ sequel series to the small screen. But before any of that, he delivered an incredible episode of ‘The Flash’ last season that resulted in his return to the show to direct another one in Season Three. And though he’s happy to contribute to The CW’s corner of the DC Universe, Smith wouldn’t be against returning to the House of Ideas to revisit a hero that he’s very familiar with.
During the late 90s, Smith teamed with artist and current Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada for an eight-issue arc on ‘Daredevil’ titled ‘Guardian Devil’. The run went on to be acclaimed and even regarded by some to be the comic that “saved Marvel Comics”. With such a strong connection to the Man Without Fear, it’s unsurprising that the filmmaker would want to capture the hero with his camera one day. But now it seems like he’s really campaigning for it as he recently revealed in an interview with IGN that he would love to direct an episode of ‘Daredevil’ for Netflix alongside his former collaborator:
“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.”
While working with Matt Murdock again is the initial goal for Smith, he wouldn’t mind if more heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe joined the party as well. So with ‘The Defenders’ beginning production sooner rather than later, he would gladly take on an episode of the highly anticipated mini-series in order to have his reunion with Daredevil:
“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’.”
Based on the early reviews of ‘Yoga Hosers’, this may be a very good thing for movie goers. However, Smith does have other reasons for not pursuing superhero movie projects at the moment. As fans of his films will tell you, he isn’t exactly known for impressive action sequences. Though there was an awesome fight scene involving Bluntman, Chronic, and the legendary Mark Hamill as a villain known as Cock Knocker in ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’, the filmmaker knows that his bread and butter are the more intimate conversational sorts of scenes. That’s why he’d rather tackle the comic book properties on TV:
“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 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. 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.”
From a filmmaking perspective, I could see people really getting behind Smith tackling ‘Daredevil’ and/or ‘The Defenders’. But could bringing him on board mean that his episode could draw from his Marvel Comics run? That could be bad news for Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page, but let’s not even go there until he actually gets the job.
In the meantime, how do you think Kevin Smith would do with an episode of ‘Daredevil’ or ‘The Defenders’? Do you think that he would shine like he did with ‘The Flash’? Or would you rather that he stayed away from the MCU? Sound off in the comments below.