Hollywood writer David Hayder learned the hard way that not all scripts get turned into movies, as was the case with his script for a Black Widow movie prior to it getting the axe. Granted, that wasn’t the end of the road for Hayder — he has gone on to provide immeasurable amounts of work on several of the past decade’s biggest super hero blockbusters, including Watchmen and X-Men.
But the writer still clearly holds a fondness for Black Widow, a character who has since been given a completely re-written side role in Iron Man 2 to set the character up for a starring role in Marvel’s upcoming Avengers flick. You may remember Black Widow as Iron Man/Tony Stark’s secretary in the second Iron Man movie, which allowed Marvel to introduce the character without her own film for use as a member of the Avengers. How would the character have played out had she been given her own film? Here’s what Hayder had to say:
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.
It’s clear that this story would have been a lot more interesting than the quick introduction we got in Iron Man 2, although we have yet to see how Marvel is handling her storyline in the Avengers film. The question is: would you have enjoyed a film based on the Black Widow with the above premise? Do you think Marvel should have gone ahead with this film, or are you happy with the comics and characters they chose to bring to life in Black Widow’s stead?
Either way, it’s great to see the contributions Hayder was able to make to the Marvel universe and comic book stories since the Black Widow script was canned!
You can see the Black Widow in Marvel’s upcoming Avengers film — and hey, you can even see her sooner in the recently-released Avengers trailer!