Writer-Director David Hayter Reiterates What His BLACK WIDOW Movie Could've Been

X-Men & X2 scribe, David Hayter, who was signed on to write & direct a comic book adaptation of Marvel's Black Widow, once again explains what the solo film could've been!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 11/14/2011


David Hayter's writing credits include X-Men and it's sequel, Watchmen, and back in 2004, a solo cinematic adaptation of Marvel's 'Black Widow.' And he recently elaborated with FemPop on what the solo flick could've been, other than his directional debut. While actress Scarlett Johansson is filling the character's heels in The Avengers, read below as Hayter essentially rehashes on his film's influences and why the movie didn't work out.

What I tried to do was use the backdrop of the splintered Soviet Empire – a lawless insane asylum with four hundred some odd nuclear missile silos. It was all about loose nukes, and I felt it was very timely and very cool. Unfortunately, as I was coming up on the final draft, a number of female vigilante movies came out. We had Tomb Raider and Kill Bill, which were the ones that worked, but then we had BloodRayne and Ultraviolet and Aeon Flux. Aeon Flux didn’t open well, and three days after it opened, the studio said, “We don’t think it’s time to do this movie.” I accepted their logic in terms of the saturation of the marketplace, but it was pretty painful. I had not only invested a lot of time in that movie, but I had also named my daughter, who was born in that time period Natasha – after the lead character in Black Widow. I named my daughter after a movie that I wasn’t working on anymore.


David Hayter's draft for The Black Widow flick is still roaming the net, so with a little search, I'm sure you can pick it up. But anyhow, Marvel Studios have expressed recent interest in green-lighting a solo Scarlett Johansson-starrer solo film. However, considering theres also been "talk" for a solo Jeremy Renner-starrer 'Hawkeye' movie, I say throw the two together. I could see the film paying homage to the various comics where the two paired up as a dynamic duo. What do you think?


Source: FemPop
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blee - 11/14/2011, 5:53 PM
poor dude....
WolvieCBM - 11/14/2011, 6:05 PM
SNAAAAAKE! Metal Gear Solid FTW! Haha. Nice find bud.
TerminatorMode - 11/14/2011, 6:17 PM
good find - also,"I named my daughter after a movie that I wasn’t working on anymore." <- seriously, not because i liked the name or anything but because i was working on a movie...snake not cool man
nailbiter111 - 11/14/2011, 6:25 PM
sounds like a dumb movie. glad it never happened.
santoanderson - 11/14/2011, 6:25 PM
Hayters be hatin'.
BooYah - 11/14/2011, 6:29 PM
Just make a S.H.I.E.L.D movie and put Black Widow in it.
NeoBaggins - 11/14/2011, 6:39 PM
"but I had also named my daughter, who was born in that time period Natasha – after the lead character in Black Widow. I named my daughter after a movie that I wasn’t working on anymore."



Optimus83 - 11/14/2011, 6:46 PM
First: Wonder Woman Movie

Second: Elektra, Black Widow, Witchblade, etc. ...
alucard365 - 11/14/2011, 6:57 PM
boring
xstryker - 11/14/2011, 7:09 PM
Rather have an X-23 movie starring Summer Glau.
thewolfx - 11/14/2011, 7:34 PM
david hayter = best guyver ever!
whatevillurks - 11/14/2011, 7:37 PM
At least it sounds like she would actually be Russian in this.
tweeeeenkies3 - 11/14/2011, 7:41 PM
Though I would like a Black Widow movie, Wonder Womand and Witchblade come first!!
RunDTC - 11/14/2011, 7:41 PM
I'd like a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie with Fury, Coulson, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Maria Hill, then have Mockingbird, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. a few cameos (Iron Man, Cap, Thor) and maybe A.I.M. (with Modok and...Taskmaster?) as the villains. might be pretty interesting.
RunDTC - 11/14/2011, 7:57 PM
Scar-Jo's hot enough to melt Hell, burn Satan too.
I stand behind her and she go "Whoooo!"

FriendlyNeighborhoodSpidey - 11/14/2011, 8:47 PM
Has anyone ever noticed that almost all of Adi Gronav's drawings of women look almost exactly the same? He's a good artist, but that's always seemed weird to me. Just saying because some of his black widow drawings were in the article.
AGENTJAY1130 - 11/14/2011, 8:51 PM
THIS IS GOING TO BE A WAIST OF TIME!! THE BLACK WIDOW CHARACTER IS ONLY GOOD AS THE REAL SUPER HERO!!! WHO REALY CARES ABOUT HER HISTORY ANY!!! ???????
RunDTC - 11/14/2011, 9:25 PM
@AGENTJAY1130: you mean waste, not waist.
santoanderson - 11/14/2011, 9:53 PM
They wasted Black Widow in Iron Man 2. Fingers crossed that they redeem her in the Avengers.
sergal - 11/14/2011, 9:53 PM
find out more about real Scarlett here: http://www.flickfilosopher.com/blog/2008/10/warning_stolen_biological_mate.html
Sweep - 11/14/2011, 10:26 PM
Hayt the game, not the David.
tripttwe - 11/14/2011, 10:50 PM
It would be SALT. It Should have been SALT. Angelina Jolie is what Black Widow should have been. The End...
NeoBaggins - 11/14/2011, 10:54 PM
THINGS ARE WORSE THAN EVER!!!!!
Tainted87 - 11/14/2011, 11:03 PM
He named his daughter based on his ego, crazy fool....

Black Widow is fun and all, but you really can't do anything unique with a character whose books can't surpass 6 issues.

It just couldn't be a standalone. She could be a major character in a SHIELD movie, or even Daredevil, but she's no fun by herself.
tripttwe - 11/15/2011, 12:51 AM
@ TheBeard Great Choice! PS: Fapping as well. Stopped just to support your comment (and let the video load)...
joeker - 11/15/2011, 1:05 AM
sounds like he regrets naming his daughter Natasha.Stupid move but i heard that Jon Favreau is gonna name his kid Tony Stark...True story
loki668 - 11/15/2011, 1:10 AM
That's okay. I named my daughter Wade Wilson and I'm pretty sure I'm going to get [frick]ed on that.

Lord Loki has spoken
HannibalKing - 11/15/2011, 1:27 AM
So there's nothing to say we can't have a Black Widow spin-off from Avengers, using Hayter's screenplay and direction right?
joeker - 11/15/2011, 2:17 AM
@loki668 haha hmmmmmm this has totally given me ideas now for names :P frst name 'The' middle name 'Batman'??
toekneemango - 11/15/2011, 2:45 AM
I still think Black Widow in a solo film just won't work, nor will a solo Hawkeye film do well. Their best bet in my opinion is to do a SHIELD film that includes Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Maria Hill, and a few other characters in an ensemble.
GUNSMITH - 11/15/2011, 3:26 AM
A BAD ASS TRIPLE AGENT MOVIE IS ABOUT DUE TO BE MADE, GET THE RIGHT DIRECTOR AND THE RIGHT FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER AND WE'D HAVE A GOOD FILM, SCAR JO IS JUICY...I WOULD WATCH IT FOR HER SEXINESS ALONE, AND SO WOULD ALL THE OTHER GUYS. HALF NAKED SCENES OR SOME SHOWER SCENE WOULD BE INEVITABLE. MAYBE GET LIKE A MIX OF BOND AND BOURNE WITH A DASH OF SALT..YEAH I'LL BUY INTO IT.
HULK2099 - 11/15/2011, 3:44 AM
Well the character is in good hands now :)..... EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT SHE DOESN'T HAVE HER ACCENT -____-
jimoakley666 - 11/15/2011, 3:46 AM
love Adi Granov's take on Black Widow at the top there.
marvel72 - 11/15/2011, 4:38 AM
that would crack me up if there was a black widow movie before wonder woman. :D

ms.marvel should get a solo outing before black widow.
CherryBomb - 11/15/2011, 11:56 AM
If Emily Blunt isn't Black Widow then this movie should never happen anyway!


chuckg313 - 11/15/2011, 12:35 PM
SCAR JO sucks as the widow....she hot but as the widow she dosent do it for me but lets see how she is in avengers cuz iron man 2 sucked and she was horrible
EarOne - 11/15/2011, 10:52 PM
hey, that can still be happening though... i think marvel's waiting for how the avengers turning out, next year. and if there's some more buzz regarding BW, they'll sure make a solo movie outta her.

but, personally, i think the movie will stand a bigger chance at the box office as a buddy/romance flick with Natasha AND Renner's Hawkeye. they can fight, bitch, kiss & makeup and heck..have sex in between all the R-rated action scenes.

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