Joss Whedon maybe god of the nerd movie universe right now having written and directed The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he’s not infallible. Last week in a BuzzFeed interview, he talked about his miscalculations in co-creating Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but now he’s pondering whether Marvel made the right call when letting Daredevil go to series on Netflix rather than work to develop a Daredevil feature film. That may come as surprise to all those who a) have been loving Netflix’s Daredevil since it first hit the air several weeks ago, and b) have appreciation for Whedon’s own accomplished TV work. So what is the filmmaker’s justification for wanting Daredevil on the big screen?
“I like him because he’s basically Marvel’s Batman, thanks to Frank Miller basically,” Whedon told IGN,. “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.”
What’s key to note here is that Whedon has yet to actually see the new Daredevil series, which, as it turned out, was brought to Netflix by two of Whedon’s old team members on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, Drew Goddard and Steven S. DeKnight. “I’m dying to see the show but they released it just as I started the press tour!”
But while Whedon may have been wrong about the placement of Daredevil, he acknowledges that, in the end, Marvel looks like it made the right call. “If the show’s working, the show’s working,” he said. “Comic books are serialized entertainment and a lot of them lend themselves to TV shows as much or more than they do to movies.”
So that’s that. Whedon has been rather central to Marvel strategizing thus far, working behind the scenes as an adviser to Marvel Studios as they’ve be building up their multi-platform media enterprise. It seems that Age of Ultron will mark the end of that collaboration for the time being. Who knows if Whedon will ever pop up on a Marvel project again (he probably will), but it’s hard to deny that he made an permanent positive impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe no matter his point of view on a specific project.
You can watch Whedon’s explain himself about Daredevil below:
Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters Friday; Daredevil is available on Netflix right now.