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Joss Whedon: I fought Marvel’s decision to make a Daredevil TV show

April 29th, 2015 by Marc 1 Comment

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Ok, we really don’t think all is well between Marvel and Joss Whedon… a feeling we’ve had for a while now.

The director of Avengers: Age of Ultron has been saying a few things recently that have raised our eyebrows. Firstly he said that the original Ant-man script by Edgar Wright was the perfect Marvel script (here), flying in the face of what  Marvel head Kevin Feige had said; then he started talking about directing a DC movie (here and here) and then he said that as far as he’s concerned Agents of SHIELD isn’t really part of the MCU (here) and Marvel weren’t happy with the show (here).

Well now he’s turning his attention to the Netflix and Marvel TV series Daredevil, saying it’s basically Batman and should have been a movie: “I fought for Daredevil to be a film instead of a TV show,” he said to IGN (see the full interview below).

“Then under the auspices of Drew Goddard and Steve DeKnight… I’m dying to see the show but they released it just as I started the press tour! If the show’s working, the show’s working.”

“I like him [Daredevil] 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.”

We really get the feeling that Whedon is not happy with Marvel over something – perhaps something tied into Avengers: Age of Ultron which he originally envisioned as a three and a half hour movie but instead it was released as (in this writer’s opinion) a very mixed bag and poorly edited movie?

Who knows, but we’re certainly enjoying all the barbed comments he’s coming out with… and pondering why he’s saying them and where it might lead.


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….