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If Joss Whedon had his way, Daredevil would have been a movie

04.29.2015

Daredevil is the first of five planned Marvel/Netflix series and I think it's safe to say that it has been a success, it's even been renewed for a second season, but if AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON director Joss Whedon had his way, the series may not have happened.

During the lengthy press-tour for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Whedon spoke with IGN and said that he had fought for Daredevil to be a film instead of a TV show. Whedon's reasoning had to do with the adventures of a certain caped crusader:

I like him because he’s basically Marvel’s Batman, thanks to Frank Miller basically. So for me I didn’t think they’d be able to sustain that sort of mood on TV but TV has changed so much. It’s come up so much that I think it might just be the right place.

It's interesting that a man known for changing American TV in new and unexpected ways should so completely write off the possibilities that long-form storytelling would offer a character like Daredevil. TV has changed a lot, as Whedon says, and you can tell those dark stories and show events that wouldn't have been possible five years ago.

If the show’s working, the show’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.

Obviously Whedon was overruled in this particular case and while he hasn't had the opportunity to binge-watch the show yet due to the demands of the AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON press-tour, he's said that he's dying to see it.

Would Daredevil had worked better as a film than a TV show?

Source: IGN

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5:29AM on 05/03/2015
Funny you should have the hallway fight scene linked. One of the weakest points of the TV show I think. Tough Russian Gangsters and not one of them has access to a gun, please. Each one of those dudes would have multiple guns.
Funny you should have the hallway fight scene linked. One of the weakest points of the TV show I think. Tough Russian Gangsters and not one of them has access to a gun, please. Each one of those dudes would have multiple guns.
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4:31AM on 05/02/2015
While Whedon's getting a bit on my nerves with his comments as of late, I will definitely disagree. While I always questioned the point of the Agents of SHIELD as a TV show, I feel Daredevil had to be told the way it did & Netflix did a great job of it. I loved how dark, gritty & violent the show was. To me out of 13 episodes, only 3 were weak. Can the same be said about any other comic book shows?
While Whedon's getting a bit on my nerves with his comments as of late, I will definitely disagree. While I always questioned the point of the Agents of SHIELD as a TV show, I feel Daredevil had to be told the way it did & Netflix did a great job of it. I loved how dark, gritty & violent the show was. To me out of 13 episodes, only 3 were weak. Can the same be said about any other comic book shows?
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4:15PM on 04/30/2015
The main reason you're not going to see the same actor that plays Flash in the tv show in the Flash movie is that he simply isn't a good enough actor to hold his own in DC's planned universe. The same goes for Arrow. They're fun to watch on tv, but they're not going to be able to hold their own with Cavill and Affleck when it comes time. Say what you want about Gadot, but I'm hoping she surprises.
Charlie Cox on the other hand, is an actor capable of making the transition with his character
The main reason you're not going to see the same actor that plays Flash in the tv show in the Flash movie is that he simply isn't a good enough actor to hold his own in DC's planned universe. The same goes for Arrow. They're fun to watch on tv, but they're not going to be able to hold their own with Cavill and Affleck when it comes time. Say what you want about Gadot, but I'm hoping she surprises.
Charlie Cox on the other hand, is an actor capable of making the transition with his character to Marvel films. I think he's on another level when it comes to TV superheroes.
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10:00PM on 05/01/2015
Lmao. Affleck? Are you serious. I think the main concern is if Affleck can hold his own against them. Affleck is passable at playing one character, himself. He might have talent behind the scenes, but he is an absolute joke as an actor. And as bad as he is, he is still a better actor than Gadot.
Lmao. Affleck? Are you serious. I think the main concern is if Affleck can hold his own against them. Affleck is passable at playing one character, himself. He might have talent behind the scenes, but he is an absolute joke as an actor. And as bad as he is, he is still a better actor than Gadot.
3:03PM on 04/30/2015
At this point I would want to do nothing that fucks with the Netflix formula. The show was awesome.
At this point I would want to do nothing that fucks with the Netflix formula. The show was awesome.
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10:49AM on 04/30/2015
I would need to disagree with Whedon on this one. Marvel has been using their TV shows to tell more grounded stories within the MCU. Basically trying to show what happens to the rest of the world outside of the Avengers.
Having Daredevil in a movie means they would need to make the story more epic and bigger. And therefore try to connect it more to the Avengers plotlines. But with Daredevil, he's always worked better as a solo hero, apart from the Avengers. Working on his own personal
I would need to disagree with Whedon on this one. Marvel has been using their TV shows to tell more grounded stories within the MCU. Basically trying to show what happens to the rest of the world outside of the Avengers.
Having Daredevil in a movie means they would need to make the story more epic and bigger. And therefore try to connect it more to the Avengers plotlines. But with Daredevil, he's always worked better as a solo hero, apart from the Avengers. Working on his own personal missions opposed to whatever the Avengers need to deal with. So I think tying him up with the Avengers plot lines would have detracted from a great Daredevil story and possibly would have entered Affleck levels of bad.
I'm glad they went for the more grounded/gritty version in a TV format. They managed to establish him in the MCU, but kept him apart from the main Avengers plot line. Marvel definitely made the right choice with how to proceed with Daredevil.
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5:56AM on 04/30/2015

hmmm

a movie wouldnt flesh out enough story therefore the show for daredevil is better.
a movie wouldnt flesh out enough story therefore the show for daredevil is better.
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3:19AM on 04/30/2015

Frankly, I'm shocked

Angel was basically the closest I thought we'd ever get to a live-action Batman TV show. For him to think Daredevil wouldn't work is insane!
Angel was basically the closest I thought we'd ever get to a live-action Batman TV show. For him to think Daredevil wouldn't work is insane!
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1:37AM on 04/30/2015
To be fair, a lot of fans wanted a Daredevil movie and were disappointed when the TV show was announced. I think that between Netflix and HBO movies on the bid screen are becoming old fashioned. I suppose you could have said the same thing about movies when TV first came out but the quality of television productions has never been as good as it is today.

In any case, there already was a Daredevil movie and it was a fairly decent one. The Blade and Ghost Rider movies weren't that bad
To be fair, a lot of fans wanted a Daredevil movie and were disappointed when the TV show was announced. I think that between Netflix and HBO movies on the bid screen are becoming old fashioned. I suppose you could have said the same thing about movies when TV first came out but the quality of television productions has never been as good as it is today.

In any case, there already was a Daredevil movie and it was a fairly decent one. The Blade and Ghost Rider movies weren't that bad either and at least one of the last two Punisher movies was okay. (Take your pick.) I don't see the point of making movies with these characters: they can eventually share the small screen with Daredevil, either in their own series (plural), the Defenders or just as cameos to test the characters for future appearances. I'm tired of seeing movies remade. If you are going to tell the same stories over again at least present them in a different format.
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5:24AM on 04/30/2015
Both Ghost Rider movies could have been so much better though.
Both Ghost Rider movies could have been so much better though.
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12:16AM on 04/30/2015

"Daredevil is Marvel's Batman"

spot on. the show was basically Marvel's The Dark Knight.
spot on. the show was basically Marvel's The Dark Knight.
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11:48PM on 04/29/2015

Show is disappointing

It has some definite high moments, but like all TV shows, there is just too much filler and throw away episodes. Did we really need a whole episode of Foggy crying? Soft. Could have been a killer movie instead of a drawn out soap opera. TV sucks. All of it.
It has some definite high moments, but like all TV shows, there is just too much filler and throw away episodes. Did we really need a whole episode of Foggy crying? Soft. Could have been a killer movie instead of a drawn out soap opera. TV sucks. All of it.
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11:38PM on 04/29/2015
Netflix's Daredevil really got me realizing that a show can go much deeper and more fulfilling into a character and plot than a movie. We get the same amount of budget now as a movie, especially with Daredevil's production. We really were given a 13 hour Daredevil film. And it was friggin great.

I really like more characters to get this treatment. I love me some Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers films. But now, I'm feeling like damn why isn't Dr. Strange or Black Panther a Netflix series
Netflix's Daredevil really got me realizing that a show can go much deeper and more fulfilling into a character and plot than a movie. We get the same amount of budget now as a movie, especially with Daredevil's production. We really were given a 13 hour Daredevil film. And it was friggin great.

I really like more characters to get this treatment. I love me some Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers films. But now, I'm feeling like damn why isn't Dr. Strange or Black Panther a Netflix series to come. 13 episodes going into the world of magic (which we'll get in Iron Fist I'm assuming.) or 13 hours of Wakanda. Boom.
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12:14AM on 04/30/2015
i'd imagine to properly do Dr. Strange, it requires some expensive CGI that needs a movie budget. not sure how they're gonna do Iron Fist, but it makes sense to pair him with Luke Cage and Daredevil (given how much they crossover in the comics).
i'd imagine to properly do Dr. Strange, it requires some expensive CGI that needs a movie budget. not sure how they're gonna do Iron Fist, but it makes sense to pair him with Luke Cage and Daredevil (given how much they crossover in the comics).
1:50AM on 04/30/2015
There is a rumor that Doctor Strange will appear on the Iron Fist series. Maybe this will set up an appearance in The Defenders. In the comics, the Defenders defended Earth from magical threats so maybe we will get demons and vampires coming to Earth and that's why the Defenders need to team up. Why Doctor Strange would call upon the Defenders and not the Avengers isn't clear: maybe it has something to do with Superhero Registration and Matt Murdock not wanting the government to know he's
There is a rumor that Doctor Strange will appear on the Iron Fist series. Maybe this will set up an appearance in The Defenders. In the comics, the Defenders defended Earth from magical threats so maybe we will get demons and vampires coming to Earth and that's why the Defenders need to team up. Why Doctor Strange would call upon the Defenders and not the Avengers isn't clear: maybe it has something to do with Superhero Registration and Matt Murdock not wanting the government to know he's Daredevil (and him losing his licence to practice law as a result). But, yeah, there's no reason why we can't have characters appearing both in movies and on TV eventually. Maria Hill and Samuel Jackson have each appeared on Agents of SHIELD three times now and Lady Sif has appeared twice.
10:53PM on 04/29/2015
I would like to see this current Daredevil get his own movie or a supporting role in a future MCU movie. It would be cool just because of the backlash DC has gotten about recasting The Flash for his future film appearances.
I would like to see this current Daredevil get his own movie or a supporting role in a future MCU movie. It would be cool just because of the backlash DC has gotten about recasting The Flash for his future film appearances.
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2:20AM on 04/30/2015
Yes but the TV shows are going to feature a team consisting of The Flash, Atom, Arrow, Canary, Arsenal, Rip Hunter, Hawkgirl and Firestorm. The movies are going to feature a team consisting of The Flash, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Lantern and Captain Marvel ("Shazam"). The two teams really couldn't be more different. The big question is whether or not the Flash from the TV show will cameo in the movies or vice versa: they could, for example, do the Flash of Two
Yes but the TV shows are going to feature a team consisting of The Flash, Atom, Arrow, Canary, Arsenal, Rip Hunter, Hawkgirl and Firestorm. The movies are going to feature a team consisting of The Flash, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Lantern and Captain Marvel ("Shazam"). The two teams really couldn't be more different. The big question is whether or not the Flash from the TV show will cameo in the movies or vice versa: they could, for example, do the Flash of Two Worlds story, although I don't know if that will make sense given that they are both, supposedly, going to be playing Barry Allen.
2:44AM on 04/30/2015
Sounds messy. I also don't think Arrow or Flash will be on the new team with Atom, I know it will exsist in the CW DC TV world but I wouldn't count on more than maybe one appearance a season per hero.
Sounds messy. I also don't think Arrow or Flash will be on the new team with Atom, I know it will exsist in the CW DC TV world but I wouldn't count on more than maybe one appearance a season per hero.
4:39AM on 04/30/2015
I think Daredevil could have a proper movie once Aka. Jessica Jones is on air. They may tie them all in one feature length movie.
I think Daredevil could have a proper movie once Aka. Jessica Jones is on air. They may tie them all in one feature length movie.
9:45PM on 04/29/2015
If Whedon had his way all the women would wear leather and show their ass and tits off. Sexist!
If Whedon had his way all the women would wear leather and show their ass and tits off. Sexist!
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3:21AM on 04/30/2015
Sexist? You're talking about one of the foremost champions of women in modern media. Go watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and get your ignorant ass educated.
Sexist? You're talking about one of the foremost champions of women in modern media. Go watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and get your ignorant ass educated.
9:43AM on 04/30/2015
Oh he is a hypocrite you sheep.
Oh he is a hypocrite you sheep.
9:06PM on 04/29/2015
Both could work but I think Daredevil, as a TV series, works because it allows him more time to develop his character over a number of episodes instead of cramming everything into 1 or 2 hour movie.
Both could work but I think Daredevil, as a TV series, works because it allows him more time to develop his character over a number of episodes instead of cramming everything into 1 or 2 hour movie.
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8:46PM on 04/29/2015
Why can't they have one or two Daredevil movies in between the seasons that premiere on Netflix. Best of both worlds.
Why can't they have one or two Daredevil movies in between the seasons that premiere on Netflix. Best of both worlds.
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10:09PM on 04/29/2015
Bad idea:
1) If the movies are tied to the show, they'll be basically long episodes. Why pay money to see one episode?
2) If the movies aren't tied to the show... Well, remember the complains over THE FLASH?
Bad idea:
1) If the movies are tied to the show, they'll be basically long episodes. Why pay money to see one episode?
2) If the movies aren't tied to the show... Well, remember the complains over THE FLASH?
11:47PM on 04/29/2015
I would want the series to connect to the films. No way would I want to different Daredevils in the MCU like DC is doing with Flash unfortunately.
I would want the series to connect to the films. No way would I want to different Daredevils in the MCU like DC is doing with Flash unfortunately.
8:18PM on 04/29/2015
You have to admit, Daredevil has some epic story lines that I just couldn't imagine a TV series having the budget to tackle. They've so far done a fantastic job lee things inexpensive, but there's no way that can last. Between the Defenders and the insane stuff that happens with Bullseye and Electra, future seasons are gonna need some fairly large budgets.
You have to admit, Daredevil has some epic story lines that I just couldn't imagine a TV series having the budget to tackle. They've so far done a fantastic job lee things inexpensive, but there's no way that can last. Between the Defenders and the insane stuff that happens with Bullseye and Electra, future seasons are gonna need some fairly large budgets.
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8:12PM on 04/29/2015

People used to praise this guy

and lately his work and ideas and opinions (yes i know we are all entitled to them) have made him less like the man who created the original avengers movie and more like the guy who wrote Alien Resurrection.
and lately his work and ideas and opinions (yes i know we are all entitled to them) have made him less like the man who created the original avengers movie and more like the guy who wrote Alien Resurrection.
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10:35PM on 04/29/2015
Bear in mind this is coming from a man who is about to bid farewell to Marvel, and who hasn't had a TV show since Dollhouse. Marvel is so much bigger than it was when he came onboard. And Netflix has fundamentally changed how TV works. Right now Whedon's being asked a lot of questions that don't really matter to him. Marvel's not his studio. Daredevil's not his show. But it's doing big business, and Avengers will too. So of course people are gonna try to link the two through Joss. And he can
Bear in mind this is coming from a man who is about to bid farewell to Marvel, and who hasn't had a TV show since Dollhouse. Marvel is so much bigger than it was when he came onboard. And Netflix has fundamentally changed how TV works. Right now Whedon's being asked a lot of questions that don't really matter to him. Marvel's not his studio. Daredevil's not his show. But it's doing big business, and Avengers will too. So of course people are gonna try to link the two through Joss. And he can only tell them his own opinion.
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