In the on-going war between Marvel and DC, might Kevin Smith want to switch sides? The director and comic book fanboy became the spokesman of sorts for DC and co-hosted that TV special on The CW about the cinematic universe. He even directed an episode of The Flash and will helm another down the road, but now he has his eyes set on Marvel’s Daredevil and The Defenders.
During an interview with IGN, Smith spoke about his interest in joining the behind-the-scenes crew of the Netflix series. Regarding the Man Without Fear, he said:
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?
Daredevil recently debuted its second season and it’s not clear if we’ll get a third, though Netflix seems dedicated to expanding its Marvel properties. For one, Jon Bernthal’s the Punisher is getting his own spin-off. If not Daredevil, Smith is more than ready to tackle The Defenders miniseries, which will be here before Marvelites know it. To that end, he said:
You know, they’re gearing up now for The Defenders. If I can get a piece of that Defenders miniseries 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.’
The Defenders, which Daredevil showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez will oversee, will united the masked vigilante (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). A premiere has yet to be set, though it’s scheduled for next year.