So, get this: Back in 1975 David Bowie’s wife Angela acquired the rights to Daredevil from Marvel Comics, with Stan Lee’s blessing, in the hope of developing a TV show based on the character. Angela would have been the Black Widow, who was Daredevil’s main love interest at the time in the comics. She’d washed out of playing Wonder Woman in that awful ABC telefilm (though I think she’d have fit the role much better than Cathy Lee Crosby), so maybe she was determined to get her superhero on one way or another.
Alas, it was not meant to be. The proposed project was considered impossible to film; the special effects alone would have busted any 70’s TV budget. All that exists now of the whole cockamamie project are these few proof-of-concept shots, which were taken in London by Terry O’Neill – you might have heard of him. The costumes were cobbled together by Natasha Kornilkoff (!), and make-up was handled by Barbara Daly… Are you beginning to detect a pattern, here? Yes, ol’ hornhead’s mask is actually painted on, but presumably, when they managed to get a greenlight for the series, they would have developed more complete costumes.
The guy in the Daredevil suit is Ben Carruthers, who was Glenn Gilpin in The Dirty Dozen. No word on whether Bowie would have guest-starred as Ziggy Stardust or if Daredevil and Black Widow would have battled any spiders from Mars. Of course, Ben Affleck went on to be Daredevil, Scarlett Johansson went on to be Black Widow, and Angela went on to be divorced from David Bowie.