Kevin Smith has been bitten pretty hard by the TV bug. In addition to directing the penultimate episode of The Flash this past season (which he considers the “favorite thing I’ve ever directed”), he’s been working on a number of different TV-based projects, including the Hollyweed pilot and a Buckaroo Banzai TV series. And it was only yesterday when the writer/director revealed he’s turning his Mallrats sequel into a 10-part mini-series. But always the workaholic, Smith is constantly looking to put his hat in the ring, and now he’s apparently eyeing up the big prize on the top shelf: a spot in the director’s chair for Marvel.
Ever the self-promotor, Smith is now, indeed, campaigning himself to not only direct an episode of Daredevil‘s third season, but also an episode in their upcoming collaborative mini-series, The Defenders. Smith learned through his experience with The Flash and his upcoming Buckaroo Banazi series that, if you talk often enough and toot your own horn loud enough, you can get yourself a chance in the hot seat. So now, he’s hoping his time with DC will afford him a chance to work with Marvel through their acclaimed Netflix properties. This is not a confirmation, of course. In fact, it’s not even clear if they’re interested, or even listening, to Smith. But the Clerks filmmaker has now laid himself on the table, and if they are, in fact, interested, they know how to get ahold of him.
This wouldn’t be Smith’s first time working with The Man Without Fear, of course. Not only did he make a cameo in the ill-fated 2003 film, he was the one that suggested Ben Affleck be suited in the red. Additionally, Smith has worked with artists Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti in revitalizing the character in the comics with “Guardian Devil,” which remains one of their best-selling stories in the catalog. Needless to say, he has a history with the character, and he would actually be a pretty good choice. Maybe that’s just me, though.
Here’s what Smith had to say on the matter to IGN:
“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?'”
And here’s what he had to say about wanting to dip his toes into The Defenders:
“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.”
While Smith has noted in the past that he’s not interested in directing a superhero movie anytime soon, directing superhero TV episodes seems like a perfect harmonium for him. It not only speaks to his interests, but it’s also within his comfort zone.
“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 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.”
Whether or not Smith gets a little bit of that Marvel pie in the near future, he’ll still have a number of projects at his disposal, including his next film, Yoga Hosers, which is set to hit theaters nationwide on July 29th. Additionally, if Marvel should say no, he’ll still have a home with DC. He revealed that he’s coming back to direct more episodes of The Flash during their upcoming season.