Luke Cage History: From Hero for Hire to Hollywood
TV, Comic Books
Comics have always been fodder for live-action adaptations, from those early Captain America serials to Adam West’s Batman and on through the current crop of heroes gracing the big and small screens. But in that flow of ideas there are a couple that never made it to fruition but came close. Take this forgotten pitch for a Black Widow television series.
In 1975, the then-wife of rockstar David Bowie, Angela, got the television rights for Black Widow and Daredevil from Stan Lee in hopes of using it as a star-vehicle for Angela’s own on-screen ambitions. Angela Bowie enlisted actor Ben Carruthers (The Dirty Dozen, Shadows) to play Daredevil, and the duo did several black-and-white stills dressed up in their parts. Bowie enlisted her husband’s Ziggy Stardust era costume designer Natasha Kornikoff to design the outfits, adding face paint to Daredevil’s ensemble but leaving Black Widow’s look relatively untouched. Sadly, the photos and Bowie’s pitch were never greenlit by a television studio.
But imagine what could have been if it had made it on air, and the actors of the time playing those roles — Telly Savalas as Kingpin would be a no-brainer, but what I’m really wondering is how and who Angela’s husband David Bowie would end up playing.