Daredevil Month: Daredevil, Bowie-ized?

Posted: April 6, 2015 in Comic Book Study
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Image taken from screenrant.com

Welcome back to Daredevil Month everyone. In today’s special double posting, I thought we could take a look at two live action television projects that ol’ DD managed to find a part in somehow. The first I’m going to cover is the Bowie family’s attempt at bringing a live action Daredevil/Black Widow team up to TV.

Background

During the 1970s, David Bowie’s then-wife Angie Bowie tried to play the role of two superheroes: Black Widow and Wonder Woman. According to Angie herself, she managed to secure the rights to Daredevil and Black Widow for a year, gained Stan Lee’s blessing, and even managed to attract a number of writers and makeup artists to the project.

The only problem with the entire thing though was that it was too expensive to film. Photos of costume tests, as well as a small piece of dialog Bowie is claimed to have uttered at the Black Widow, are all that remain of the failed TV show. As far as the photos go, we have a few shots of Bowie in Black Widow gear, as well as actor Ben Carruthers dressed in full and terrible Daredevil get-up alongside her.

My Thoughts

This is truly a relic of the 1970s. Everything about this project looks bizarre in the photos that are known to exist.

Aside from a few problems, Bowie’s Black Widow costume doesn’t look all that bad. True, her bracelets look a lot like Wonder Woman’s, but other than that, it isn’t that bad for a 1970s TV show.

Daredevil, on the other hand, looks completely ridiculous. Had this been in a comic book, I would’ve said in the last post that this was the worst costume ever made. On top of all of the other problems with this suit (no gloves, interestingly terrible fabric choice for costume, etc.), it has no mask. Seriously, it appears to have make up in place of an actual piece of fabric covering Carruthers’s face. Take a look:

Image taken from manwithoutfear.com

See? Thankfully, this project never happened, and we all got to look forward to Matt’s representing a certain angry individual at his court hearing…

Stay tuned for Part II of Daredevil’s TV History, coming later tonight!

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