Remember that Black Widow solo movie that was supposed to happen ... but didn't? Details are finally coming out about what the movie would have been like before the decision was made to shoehorn the character in the last Iron Man film. Decisions like this happen all the time in Hollywood, a place where "shoulda, coulda, woulda" is an everyday occurrence.
David Hayter, the writer/actor/director who was behind the scripts for both X-Men and Watchmen, recently dished on plot points for the Black Widow movie he came up with a few years ago.
Details on the film include a post-Soviet Empire storyline, a lawless insane asylum and loose nukes. Hayter mentioned in the interview the reason for the film never coming about was market saturation of female vigilante movies:
"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."Unlike most people who spend time on a project never to see it come about, Hayter said he understood their logic. But he was still sad the project never happened—especially considering that he even named his daughter Natasha after the Black Widow character:
"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 ... Natasha."
A lawless insane asylum and loose nukes does sound like an interesting plot line and certainly is better than the "pretend secretary" in the last Iron Man movie. The Black Widow will show up again in The Avengers, but who knows? Maybe she'll get her own movie after that with Hayter's script a platform for it. Even though she works for S.H.I.E.L.D., her origin is interesting, and how she came to be might make an interesting film.