It’s no secret Kevin Smith is as much of a fan of the various comic book television series as he is of their big screen counterparts. He recently directed the penultimate episode of The Flash Season 2, The Runaway Dinosaur, with a positive response from both fans and the show’s cast. He’s set to return to the show this August to direct an early episode of Season 3. Smith also has his eye on directing/writing episodes of Arrow, but he doesn’t want to stop there. His next target is Netflix’s Daredevil series, and beyond.
“I feel very at home in that Flash world, so much so that I’d love to do the others,” he revealed to IGN. 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?'”
This is where the beyond part comes in; The Defenders is on the director’s radar, too.
“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.’
When asked if he would consider taking on superheroes in his medium of film, he relayed that he feels more comfortable on the television side of things, in that regard.
“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.”
Yoga Hosers releases in the US on July 29. The Defenders mini-series is set to begin filming later this year.