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(2003)

Alternate Versions

The first two cuts of the film submitted to the MPAA received R-ratings. Additional edits were needed to get the PG-13.
German theatrical version was edited for violence (ca. 1 min.) to secure a more commercial "Not under 12" rating. Shortened were the scenes where Bullseye kills the man in the pub, the lady on the plane and Elektras father. Also shortened was the stabbing of Elektra. The cut version was released on VHS and DVD (single-disc version), the uncut version was released only on DVD (two-disc special edition and re-release of the single-disc version).
During post-production, 20th Century Fox UK sought and was given advice about classification from the BBFC. After receiving that advice, the company chose to make cuts to the film for release in the UK and as a result the UK cinema version differs from the US cinema version. The changes occur in two scenes:
  • in the fight between Elektra and Bullseye the UK version lacks all sight of a dagger sticking through Elektra's hand and all sight of her removing the dagger from her hand.
  • Secondly, in the fight between Daredevil and Kingpin the UK version lacks a headbutt and has the sound of breaking bones partially obscured by a crack of thunder. For the home video release, 20th Century Fox submitted the uncut version and the BBFC passed it with no cuts. Therefore, home video/DVD releases in the UK are uncut.
The R-rated director's cut contains 30 minutes of extra footage. In addition to the added material, some footage was removed. The following is a list of the changes between the PG-13 and R rated versions:
  • The confession booth scenes between Father Steven and Matt Murdock have been removed.
  • The love scene between Elektra and Matt Murdock has also been removed.
  • A flashback scene where young Matt is seen with his adopted mother featured in the comic books.
  • There are more scenes involving The Kingpin at his most vicious, at point killing two of his own bodyguards by breaking their necks.
  • The introduction of Bullseye arriving at the airport and going through a metal detector.
  • The fight scene in the playground with Matt and Elektra is longer.
  • The scene in the bar where Daredevil takes out the bikers is longer and more violent.
  • An exchange during the Natchios' party where Foggy and Wesley have a verbal exchange, that ends by Foggy saying "What a dick."
  • The scene where Matt returns from his battle in the opening of the film, he is seen in his apartment pouring Epsom salt into the water of his coffin and as he is about to lay down he starts to hear noises and sounds from the outside world as far as seeing a woman crawling on the floor and ends by him laying down inside the coffin and the top sealing.
  • The subplot involving the character of Daunte Jackson (Coolio) who is accused of a murder is reintroduced in it's entirety with Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson defending him.
  • Matt and Foggy break into the apartment of Lisa Tazio, the murder victim in the Daunte Jackson trial and finding a clue.
  • A late night scene where Foggy is working at the office trying to figure out the clue found in Tazio's apartment in which Karen (Ellen Pompeo) discovers the answer.
  • The scene in the morgue with Ben Urich and Kirby is longer in which Foggy ends up calling him on his cell phone and telling him about who murdered his informant from the clue that Matt had found in the murder victim's apartment.
  • More scenes between Matt and Ben discussing some personal issues.
  • Matt interrogating a corrupt police officer played by Jude Cicolella by smashing his car in a parking lot.
  • The scene where Bullseye demands his own costume is restored to "I want a fucking costume" as opposed to the theatrical version where he says "I want a bloody costume"
  • The fight between Elektra and Bullseye is longer and ends with Bullseye giving her a kiss before he throws her onto the roof of the adjacent building.
  • The final confrontation between Daredevil and The Kingpin is longer and more brutal.
  • During the finale, Daunte Jackson celebrates his acquittal by hugging Foggy on the steps of the courthouse as Matt looks on and the scene shifts with Matt walking by the church where he sees father Steven after the afternoon mass had ended.

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