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
According to producer Gary Foster, Brett Cullen was considered to play the part of Matt Murdock's father and Donal Logue for the role of Foggy Nelson. They ended up playing similar parts in Ghost Rider (2007) (from the same director and producer), namely Johnny Blaze's father and best friend, respectively. See more »
(at around 1h 9 mins) When Kingpin is talking with Bullseye, he has a cane in his hand as he walks over to his cabinet to get a drink. When he opens the cabinet, the cane is nowhere in sight. After Bullseye spears Kingpin's olive with a pencil, the cane is magically back in his hand. See more »
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 »
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.
Written by Shaun Welgemued, Dale Stewart
Performed by Seether
Produced by Jay Baumgardner
Seether performs courtesy of Wind-up Entertainment, Inc. See more »
Comic books done right
Gritty, ambiguous, painted in strong inks ant sharp contrasting colors. Gone is the classic spandex costume for a vaguely BDSM leather outfit. Daredevil takes more of a page from Frank Miller's interpretation of the man without fear. And the result is perhaps the best superhero adaptation to date. While that might sound vaguely like an oxymoron, especially in a sub-genre where "good" is a proxy for "budget for special effects", the reason for it should actually be pretty obvious. People like Miller have heavily contributed in the 80s and 9os to renew a genre that had been stagnant since the sixties. And they did that by introducing more realism and more cinematic elements in the action.
Alan Moore's The Watchmen and Miller's Dark Knight are prime examples of this renewal. Unfortunately, at the same time the introduction of computer- generated effect has allowed one too many directors to recreate their favorite Silver Age character as they remembered it, jumping over 20 or so years of comic book evolution. And too often the result is just another expensive cartoon. Daredevil, by no means a good movie, views however like a step in the right direction.
Of course to enjoy all this one has to stomach the Affleck's "Matt Murdock has something to prove" woody interpretation, and Jennifer Garner's version of Elektra (who looks everything but Greek) in all her protruding silicon special effects. Kudos however to Colin Farrell for bringing to life Bullseye, definitely one of the best villains in the genre.
But the script ls fresh and funny, and the gallery of secondary roles and cameos is really impressive. Stan "the man" Lee is briefly seen during Matt Murdock's childhood, Sopranos' Robert Iler, Wayne Knight through a cloud of smoke, and more.
Now, if only we could get comic scripts by Moore, Garth Ennis and Warren Ellis produced the way they meant to be...
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