Genre: Action/Adventure; Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Coolio, Michael Clarke Duncan, Colin Farrell, Jon Favreau, David Keith, Joe Pantoliano, Kevin Smith; Director: Mark Steven Johnson; Author: Mark Steven Johnson; Producer (person): Avi Arad; Release Date Wide: 02/14/2003; Runtime (in minutes): 96; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

A lackadaisical potboiler that makes you rue the day comic-book franchises took over Hollywood. As the title character, who’s a blind attorney by day and an avenging superhero by night, Ben Affleck leaps, wriggles, and–mostly–strikes poses, wearing what’s meant to be a very cool red leather jumpsuit; he looks like Catwoman made over by Revlon. The film keeps insisting that Daredevil’s soul is in torment, but it would be hard to think of a star who seethes with darkness less than Affleck. When this hollow clone of Batman and Spider-Man leaps around like a ninja, dodging razory pinwheels, we’re left with the dispiriting sensation that F/X are accomplishing what the hero–and, indeed, any live actor–could not. (#696/697, Feb. 21)

Originally posted February 28 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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