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Daredevil (2003)

Ben Affleck, Daredevil | 'DAREDEVIL''S ADVOCATE Matt Murdock (Affleck) looks for justice
'DAREDEVIL''S ADVOCATE Matt Murdock (Affleck) looks for justice

Details Release Date: Feb 14, 2003; Rated: PG-13; Length: 96 Minutes; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation; More

Back in the mid-1990s, future ''Harry Potter'' director Chris Columbus considered making a movie about the Marvel Comics crime fighter, a blind lawyer by day who kicks criminal butt in a Beelzebubbish costume by night. It fell apart, and not until Marvel came through bankruptcy proceedings a few years later did the project get a green light, with ''Simon Birch'''s Mark Steven Johnson in charge. ''He doesn't have a Batcave,'' says Johnson of the title character. ''He's not a playboy, he doesn't have a billion dollars. He just lives in this s---ty brownstone by himself, and he's lonely and sad.'' Until he meets his star-crossed soul mate Elektra (Jennifer Garner), whose nighttime ninja costume in the movie bears little resemblance to her revealing red getup in the comics. Garner prefers her black-leather look, since in the comic-book adventures, ''I don't think that girl wears panties,'' she says. Garner and star Ben Affleck did much of their own stunt work for a kick-fight courtship scene, and in general, the movie's combat is more about martial arts than superpowers. ''Daredevil has the radar sense and stuff, but he's kind of a normal person,'' says Affleck. ''And [his enemies] are powerful guys, but they don't have wings or shoot fire.'' (Feb. 14)

Originally posted Feb 05, 2003 Published in issue #695 Feb 14, 2003 Order article reprints

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