Kevin Smith has been passionate about superheroes since he was a kid. In the View Askewniverse, characters are comic book elitists, comic book artists, and comic book store owners who weave throughout the Smith-made world. He has a Batman-themed podcast, he wrote the original Superman reboot, he’s directed an episode of The Flash and will do so again in August, and he weighs the events in DC and Marvel comics, movies, and shows with a (sillier and more crass) Walter Cronkite-like way of thoughtful discourse. In short, he’s the comic fan we need.
Recently, while discussing his upcoming appearance at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Smith told IGN’s Gav Murphy that he wants in on more superhero television.
SMITH: “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?’”
But his love isn’t just for The Flash and Daredevil. He wants to go deeper, bigger.
SMITH: “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.”
And there’s a reason his skill set is more ideal for episodes than features. If you’ve seen any of his films, you know the man can write dialogue. He thrives in its process. His conversations are largely what made his movies his from the outset. And he’s sure as hell not the blockbuster CGI type.
SMITH: "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 an 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.”