Joss Whedon became an executive creative consultant after The Avengers became a hit. His input on the Phase 2 films helped crafted the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even though Avengers: Age of Ultron is his final film, Marvel has expanded to TV with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, and the Netflix deal. That Netflix deal would see Daredevil, AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist have their own series before coming together for a Defenders series.
But Daredevil almost wasn’t a TV show, in fact, thanks to Whedon, it was almost a movie. The director was actually pushing for a movie, and called the character “Marvel’s Batman.”
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IGN had an interview with Whedon, who said,
I fought for Daredevil to be a film instead of a TV showâ€¦ If the showâ€™s working, the showâ€™s working. Comic books are serialized entertainment and a lot of them lend themselves to TV shows as much or more than they do to movies.
I like him because heâ€™s basically Marvelâ€™s Batman, thanks to Frank Miller basically. So for me I didnâ€™t think theyâ€™d be able to sustain that sort of mood on TV but TV has changed so much. Itâ€™s come up so much that I think it might just be the right place.
Fox tried to get another Daredevil film released before the rights would revert back to Marvel, but failed to do so. The film, which would have been directed by Joe Carnahan, mirrored Miller’s dark tones and stories.
But it is interesting to see that even with Whedon’s input, Daredevil didn’t become a film. It’s just how some things work.
In the end, there are some heroes that work as a television series, while others deserve their own films. Daredevil could fit into both, but as we all saw, it much better off as a TV show.
What do you think? Should Daredevil have been a film or do you like it as a TV show?