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Daredevil (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Fantasy  |  14 February 2003 (USA)
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A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

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Storyline

Fate deals young orphan Matt Murdock a strange hand when he is doused with hazardous waste. The accident leaves Matt blind but also gives him a heightened "radar sense" that allows him to "see" far better than any man. Years later Murdock has grown into a man and becomes a respected criminal attorney. But after he's done his "day job" Matt takes on a secret identity as "The Man Without Fear," Daredevil, the masked avenger that patrols the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen and New York City to combat the injustice that he cannot tackle in the courtroom. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for action/violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Daredevil: A Daring New Vision  »

Box Office

Budget:

$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,953,136 (UK) (14 February 2003)

Gross:

$431,881 (USA) (18 March 2011)
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After negative critical and audience reactions, and Ben Affleck's refusal to play the character a second time, a number of producers and screenwriters attached to potential Daredevil reboot. An initial deadline of 10 October 2012 was set so that if the movie didn't start filming before that date, the rights would go back to Marvel Studios. Director David Slade was originally attached to direct, before dropping out over a scheduling conflict in August 2012. Director Joe Carnahan pitched a sizzle reel to 20th Century Fox executives, depicting the character in a hard boiled, 1970s-set thriller in Manhattan. But the studio chose to let the live action film rights lapse, and go back to Marvel. Marvel chose to reboot Daredevil (2015) as a live action television series for Netflix, with the character fitting within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. See more »

Goofs

When Bullseye follows Elektra and her father on a motorcycle, and gets kicked off by Daredevil, we clearly see that he's not holding anything. In the CG and live-action stunt, Bullseye does not hold anything in either hand, yet in the close-up he holds up Daredevil's baton (just after he says, "Drop something?"). See more »

Quotes

Elektra: You sure you're blind?
Matt Murdock: Sure you don't wanna tell me your name?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are seen in a sequence of dark skyscrapers. There are lit windows in the skyscrapers, which turn into Braille letters which then become English letters spelling out the main cast - later on, the supporting cast and production crew are directly formed in English from the window. See more »

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References Akira (1988) See more »

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Bring Me to Life
Written by Amy Lee, Ben Moody and David Hodges
Performed by Evanescence featuring Paul McCoy of 12 Stones
Courtesy of Wind-up Entertainment, Inc.
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Daredevil - The best Super-Hero Movie?
3 September 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Daredevil is the movie that Burton's 1989 Batman should have been. I know Special Effects have moved on since then, but Daredevil has the pacing, storytelling, character development, direction and overall style that Batman lacked. The director obviously has a lot of fondness for the character, and drops a shed-load of comic book references into the film, like creators names and situations, making it a labour of love - but with the technical ability to make an accessible film for all audiences.

From the opening shot of Daredevil grasping the cross atop the church, the excellent origin structure and the character interaction between Daredevil and Electra, Bullseye and the Kingpin - this movie bridges the gap between the original Comic Book sources and the end film magnificently.

There are a few sections of the film that did not come up to par - the opening titles are a nice idea (braille to letters) but it looks a little cheap and computer-generated, and Daredevil being entombed in the water filled coffin (to block out all outside noise?) seemed surplus to requirements. The end piece with the Kingpin is a little rushed, but I suppose we had all the Super-Hero Slug-Fest we could ask for with the Bullseye church section? I would have preferred a standard music score throughout, and not the "alternative rock track" that got dropped in occasionally. But these little gripes aside - the movie really does hit the spot throughout.

Daredevil also marks the first mainstream venture into a mature audience market for a "kids" super-hero character. The comic character was always a darker version of Spider-Man, with mature storylines supplied by the likes of Frank Miller. But it's still a gent in spandex underwear leaping around New York after hours, brawling with other costumed nut-cases, and leading the customary double-life (Lawyer by Day, Hero by Night) of your regular Super-Hero. The 1989 Batman film, and even Spider-Man, moved Comic Character movies away from the younger audience - but Daredevil really pushed it further without an all-out on-screen blood and sex agenda. A brave move as the potential audience must be reduced by this approach, and it has to be a harder sell to the studio and money-backers.

I am sure there are a legion of Spider-Man and X-Men fans out there that would wave the flag for these to be crowned "best super-hero movie", but my vote would go to this horned devil. Bring on Daredevil 2, by the same team…..


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