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Daredevil is a 2003 movie directed by Mark Steven Johnson , who also wrote the screenplay. It is based on the Marvel comics character, using predominately the tone and stories written by Frank Miller, the most celebrated talent to work on the character.
As a child, Matt Murdock (played by Affleck) is splashed by some radioactive material in a road accident, and is blinded. He learns to overcome this disability, and develops a form of sixth sense, that allows him to 'see' by using sound waves to create a mental image of his surroundings. His father is murdered by the Kingpin (played by Clarke Duncan), and Murdock vows that he will avenge him.
Years later, and Murdock works as an attorney, becoming the vigilante known as Daredevil at night. He seeks out and punishes those that he cannot harm in the courtroom. He fights crime in solitude, until he meets Elektra (played by Garner). Murdock warms to Elektra, and they become acquainted with each other. After Elektra's father is killed by the Kingpin's assassin, Bullseye (played by Farrel), she believes the murderer to be Daredevil, and she seeks him out. Armed with two Sais, she locates him and bests him in a fight. She realises who Daredevil is behind the mask, and so she fights with Bullseye, who kills her. Daredevil avenges Elektra's death, and kills Bullseye, and then brings the fight to the Kingpin, beating him in combat. Daredevil spares the Kingpin, who promises him that he will be released from prison eventually.
Throughout the film, Murdock deals with the moral implications of being a vigilante, and tries to prove that he isn't the villain.
Tagline: He is the man without fear
In December 2004, a director's cut of the film was released on DVD. This version added 30 minutes of footage not seen in the original, including an entire subplot involving Murdock defending a murderer played by singer Coolio.
- Ben Affleck – Matt Murdock/Daredevil
- Jennifer Garner – Elektra Natchios
- Colin Farrell – Bullseye
- Michael Clarke Duncan – The Kingpin/Wilson Fisk
- Jon Favreau – Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson
- Scott Terra – Young Matt
- Ellen Pompeo – Karen Page
- Joe Pantoliano – Ben Urich
- Leland Orser – Wesley Owen Welch
- Lennie Loftin – Nick Manolis
- Erick Avari – Nikolas Natchios
- Derrick O'Connor – Father Everett
- Paul Ben-Victor – Jose Quesada
- David Keith – Jack Murdock
- Frankie J. Allison – Abusive Father (as Frankie Jay Allison)
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