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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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Also Known As:

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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Trivia

The film pays homage to a number of "Daredevil" writers and artists:
  • Stan Lee: Daredevil's original creator makes his cameo as the man whom young Matt Murdock stops from crossing the street. Wrote Daredevil (1964-1969).


  • Kirby, the lab assistant played by Kevin Smith (see final item): Comic book artist Jack Kirby (assorted Daredevil covers in 1964-1968).


  • Father Everett: Bill Everett, Daredevil's original artist (drew first issue of Daredevil in 1964, then assorted covers 1966-1972).


  • Jose Quesada (the rapist): Joe Quesada, editor in chief of Marvel Comics, and artist of Daredevil 1998-2000.


  • Colan (a boxer): Gene Colan, another Daredevil artist 1966-1974.


  • John Romita (the boxer that Jack Murdock is supposed to dive against): Johnny Romita Sr. was a Daredevil artist in 1966 and John Romita Jr. was a DD artist 1988-1990.


  • Kane (a thug): Gil Kane, Daredevil cover artist 1971=1978.


  • Miller, Mack, Bendis (other boxers): Frank Miller, writer/artist 1979-1983, David Mack, artist 1999-2001, and Brian Bendis, writer of Daredevil beginning 1999, and was still doing so when the film came out.


  • and Kevin Smith, author whose Daredevil work is collected in "Daredevil Visionaries: Kevin Smith," appears as the lab assistant Kirby, named for another artist mentioned above.


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Goofs

The damage Elektra's weapon does to Daredevil's shoulder should be rendering the arm of any human more or less useless (not to mention the effects of the blood loss!), will or strength regardless. Yet he continues to raise his arm, swing it about, use it in fights and even to support his entire body weight! At the very least there should be a tear in his costume from the penetration, but there is none. See more »

Quotes

[to young Matt]
Jack Murdock: You can do anything if you're not afraid.
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Crazy Credits

For the first time, a sound effect of pages turning is added to the Marvel logo (aptly for a blind superhero who works through a radar sense). See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Release the Dogs
Written by Nathan Gray, Chad Istvan, Josh Latshow, Matt Krupanski, Rob Avery
Performed by BOYSETSFIRE
Courtesy of Wind-Up Entertainment, Inc.
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Better than Spiderman, in my opinion...
19 February 2003 | by (Owensboro, KY) – See all my reviews

Where Spiderman was colorful and almost cartoonish, Daredevil is gritty and merciless. Whatever you thought couldn't happen in Peter Parker's world will more than likely happen in Matt Murdock's neck of the woods. Because people die here. Sometimes they die slowly and painfully. The superheroes go home with scars on their backs, broken teeth, and more than a few gruesome images that need to be repressed. For all of these reasons I liked Daredevil, because it takes chances by offering a hero that is by no means invincible or conventional.

The origin story of the character Daredevil is pretty complicated, but, as the helpful gentleman in the theater so aptly put it, "He's blind, but he can see stuff blind." Let's just leave it at this: As a kid, Matt Murdock was blinded by radioactive material in a freak accident. This caused his other senses to become phenomenally acute, to the point where Matt can track criminals by their scent and use sound waves as a sort of radar. He uses his newfound abilities to protect those who will not be protected by the justice system, all the while hoping that one day he will find the person who killed his father.

If you're a fan of the first two Batman movies, you'll find a lot to love in Daredevil. There are still some comic book elements that require some suspension of disbelief, like the fact that Matt could construct an entire high-tech lair beneath a church while working as a pro-bono lawyer, but the movie is not fantasy-driven. The fight scenes will make you wince at their realism, the love story is not corny or forced (as opposed to a certain flick called Just Married), and the characters are complex, uncertain people who just happen to don masks and fight on rooftops.

Do you remember the parts in the old Christopher Reeve Superman movies where Clark would hear someone crying for help in the distance? He would always be having dinner with Lois Lane at the time, and had to make up some dumb excuse for ditching the scene like, "Oh! I just forgot. I have a book due at the library." Then he would dash off to save the day, leaving Lois high and dry. Well, in today's feature, Matt hears someone crying for help, but when his love interest, Elektra, asks him to stay, he actually does. With out-of-left-field scenes like this, I couldn't help but enjoy Daredevil.

Some might be surprised at how little screen time the villains get in this movie. Kingpin, a Don Giovini mobster type, and Bullseye, an Irish nut with a couple of loose screws, are important parts of our story, but they don't steal the show. Going back to the Batman comparison, many movie buffs think that Jack Nicholson's role as the joker actually become more interesting than the winged knight himself. Not so in this movie, as Daredevil is the guy whom the role shebang revolves around. By deciding to focus on the hero more than the villain, the audience can get into his head and root for him to the last battle. Matt is a cool guy because he's not a wealthy playboy or Kryptonian who can smash through walls. Other than his heightened senses and combat skills, he's just a regular guy who happens to like read leather.

After X-Men and Spiderman became huge hits, it was expected that Hollywood would start churning out more superhero flicks as fast as they could make them. Thankfully, Daredevil doesn't seem recycled or rushed and actually brings something new to the table.


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