Interview With Tim Flattery
(March 2003)

Tim Flattery has worked on a number of films as illustrator. He did concept work on the Daredevil movie, so here he talks about working with Mark Steven Johnson on designs. Many thanks to Mr. Flattery!

Kuljit Mithra: Can you give a brief bio and mention some of the other 'superhero'-type work you've done?

Tim Flattery: I'm you're typical artist/designer that wanted to do this stuff since I was young. I went to art school in Detroit (Center For Creative Studies) and worked on a portfolio suited for film. I then moved to L.A. to see if I could "get a break" and started my career. Other superhero work includes...Fantastic 4, X-Men, Turbo Man (Jingle All The Way), Batman, etc.

Mithra: From images on your site, it appears that you were working on Daredevil as far back as 2001. How did you get involved with the movie? Were you one of the artists Mark Steven Johnson hired to lay a foundation for his presentations to the movie studios?

Flattery: Yes, I was one of the first artists on the movie. Back in '96, Chris Columbus asked me to do some designs for the suit when the project was with his production company and then in 2001 I was contacted to come on with MSJ to work on it again. The art had a few purposes... yes, it's for studio presentation, but mostly it's a design tool to show how the film is being realized visually.

Mithra: What kind of tools do you use for the 3D modeling?

Flattery: For 3d tools I was using Strata, but I have since switched to Lightwave and find it to be a more complete program for what I'm doing. For 2d art, I usually start with a sketch that I'll do with ball point pen then paint it in Photoshop 7 which has some great brushes that let my technique show uninhibited.

Mithra: I see you worked on some designs for the billy club. Did they use your designs for the final movie version?

Flattery: The concepts for the billy-club remained the same. With some subtle detail and texture differences the final result on film remained faithful to the original concepts.

Mithra: MSJ has said he wanted the movie to be inspired by panels in actual DD comics... you drew DD on the cross, so just wondering how much research you did on the character and the comics

Flattery: DD on the cross was a very important image to Mark. It's how his movie opens. We all did a pass at that opening to get just the right mood and feel that Mark wanted. Mark was inspired by comic book panels... he is a true fan and we would always refer to stacks of stuff in regards to what would be great to see in the film. I read DD as a kid and I've always been a fan so I came to the project very familiar.

Mithra: Did you do location work in L.A. to get a feel of the area where DD was going to be filmed?

Flattery: I was on the film very early in pre-production so I was drawing from New York locations for the feel. They later started generating stuff from L.A. to represent Hell's Kitchen, which worked well.

Mithra: What were some of your ideas for the Kingpin's offices?

Flattery: For the Kingpin's office, the production designer had a layout that he was happy with and from that layout I was able to generate renderings that gave everyone a good idea of what the set would look like. It was important to keep the the look clean, sterile and imposing. So in the renderings I used materials such as glass and marble to convey that feel.

Mithra: Did you do any work on the costumes? You have three pics of DD on your site... what did you think of the final leather costume?

Flattery: I really like how the costume turned out in the movie. I think James Acheson did a great job on designing a costume that has a feel that retains the spirit of the comic while retaining functionality and believability.

Mithra: How large was your DD portfolio that you completed? Anything not get used?

Flattery: Just like any large production, we generate a lot of work that you don't necessarily see on the screen. On DD I was able to generate a fair amount of art in a relatively sort amount of time. And was happy to see a good portion of that work on screen.

Mithra: What did you think of the final product?

Flattery: I was excited when I was called to work on the movie and was equally excited when I saw the film for the first time. Mark did a great job of bringing the comic that I loved as a kid to the screen in a pure and intelligent way. It was a fun ride to work on and a great ride to watch.

Mithra: And finally, what are you currently working on?

Flattery: Current work? If I told you I'd have to kill ya. Ask me's my biggest challenge yet!

Visit Tim Flattery on the web at:

(c) Kuljit Mithra 2003
Daredevil:The Man Without Fear

Read more interviews!

40th Anniversary
Ben Abernathy
Jesus Aburtov
Martin Ahlgren
Alejandro Arbona
Jose Guns Alves
Mahmud Asrar
Dick Ayers
Jonathan Barron
Thomas Baxter
Brian Michael Bendis
Black and White
Haden Blackman
Randy Bowen
Alan Brennert
Chris Brewster
Chris Brewster (2)
Ed Brubaker
Steve Buccellato
Bob Budiansky
Danny Bulanadi
John Byrne
Harry Candelario
Joe Caramagna
Sergio Cariello
Karina Casiano
Don Castro
Bernard Chang
Marco Checchetto
Dan Chichester
Dan Chichester (2)
Holly Cinnamon
Gene Colan
Hector Collazo
Jason Copland
Matt Costello
Alan Cowsill
Charlie Cox
Greg Cox
Paul Crilley
Daredevil '83
Daredevil V3
Matt Deangelis
Keith DeCandido
Tom DeFalco
Roberto De La Torre
Rafael De Latorre
J.M. DeMatteis
Kim DeMulder
Brian Denham
Sunita Deshpande
Will Devokees
Netho Diaz
Jack DiFalco
Carmine Di Giandomenico
Cori Dioquino
Josie DiVincenzo
Chuck Dixon
Scott Dunbier
Kieron Dwyer
B. Earl
Tommy Lee Edwards
Elektra Hand Devil
Steve Englehart
Fall From Grace
Tito Faraci
James Felder
Karin Fong
Tim Flattery
Justin F. Gabrie
Christos Gage
Ron Garney
Pat Garrahy
Stefano Gaudiano
Uri Geller
Matt Gerald
Steve Gerber
Eric Michael Gillett
Christopher Golden
Steven Grant
Devin K. Grayson
Peter Halpin
Larry Hama
Cully Hamner
John Patrick Hayden
Jason Henderson
Stephen E. Henderson
Glenn Herdling
David Hine
Matt Hollingsworth
Caleb Howard
Dave Hunt
Alex Huynh
Ray Iannicelli
Alex Irvine & Tomm Coker
Tony Isabella
Richard Isanove
Chris Ivy
John Jennings
Danny Johnson
Mark Steven Johnson
Dan Jurgens
Farid Karami
Joe Kelly
Karl Kesel
Lauren Mary Kim
Daniel Kish
Jim Krueger
Aaron Kuder
Chloë Levine
Ryan K. Lindsay
David Liss
Scott Lobdell
Jeph Loeb
Wes Louie
Tom Lyle
David Mack
Jed MacKay
Clay Mann
J. Mallory-McCree
Jason Martin
Vatche Mavlian &
Brett Matthews

Shane McCarthy &
Martin Redmond

Matthew McCurdy
Scott McDaniel
Luke McDonnell
Manny Mederos
Jon Mefford
Stuart Moore
Richard K. Morgan
Tony Naumovski
Yvonne Navarro
Eddy Newell
Fabian Nicieza
Nikolai Nikolaeff
Ann Nocenti
Cary Nord
Mike Oeming
Ariel Olivetti
Denny O'Neil
John Ostrander
Jimmy Palmiotti
George Papadimatos
Ande Parks
Seth Peck
Khoi Pham
John Pirkis
Joe Quesada
Ben Raab
Bill Reinhold
Graeme Revell
Madeleine Robins
Robert Rodi
Javier Rodriguez
J.G. Roshell
John Rozum
Matt Ryan
Reza Salazar
Tony Salmons
Salgood Sam
Chris Samnee
David Sarrio
Christie Scheele
Lalit Kumar Sharma
Nandita Shenoy
Peter Shinkoda
Jim Shooter
Bill Sienkiewicz
Thony Silas
Warren Simons
Walt Simonson
Marc Siry
Elsa Sjunneson
Suzanne H. Smart
Kevin Smith
Spoken Comics
Will Stout
Stephen D. Sullivan
Billy Tan
Chris Tardio
Scott Terra
Ben Torres
Tim Tuohy
Josh Turi
Kate Udall
Susan Varon
Ron Wagner
Mark Waid
Lee Weeks
Lee Weeks (2)
Loren Weeks
Zeb Wells
Phil Winslade
Arden Wolfe
Marv Wolfman
Gregory Wright
Paul Young
Chip Zdarsky
Chip Zdarsky (2)
Chip Zdarsky (3)
Chip Zdarsky (4)
Chip Zdarsky (5)
Zachary Zirlin

COMICS: Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5 | Volume 6 | Volume 7 | Volume 8 | Annuals | Appearances | Costumes | Digital Comics | Hardcovers | Key Issues | Logos | Origin | Price Guide | Recommended | Reviews | Secret Identity | Sales Data | Titles | Trades | Untold Tales

CREATORS: Cover Artists | Inkers | Pencillers | Writers

MEDIA: Actors | Books | Cartoons | Computer Fun! | Movies | Music | Pictures | Sightings | Sketches | Video Games | Wallpapers

FANS: Fan Art | Fan Costumes | Fan Custom Figures | Fan Fiction | Fan Films | Fan Guitars | Fan Tattoos


Daredevil (and other related characters appearing) and the distinctive likenesses are Trademarks of Marvel Characters, Inc. and are used WITHOUT permission.
Copyright © 2024 Marvel Characters, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Visit is owned and operated by Kuljit Mithra. Web site is © Kuljit Mithra 1996-2024.

Keep up to the date with your trusted Daredevil source on and