Daredevil Was Ben Affleck blind? Didn't he notice that the script for this comic-book adaptation of "the man without fear" — sightless superhero Daredevil — was… Daredevil Was Ben Affleck blind? Didn't he notice that the script for this comic-book adaptation of "the man without fear" — sightless superhero Daredevil — was…
Movie on DVD Review

Daredevil (2003)

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, ... | DREARY 'DAREDEVIL' No amount of tight leather could rescue this comic-based flick from blandness
Image credit: Daredevil: Zade Rosenthal
DREARY 'DAREDEVIL' No amount of tight leather could rescue this comic-based flick from blandness
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Jul 29, 2003; DVD Release Date: Jul 29, 2003; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation; More

Was Ben Affleck blind? Didn't he notice that the script for this comic-book adaptation of ''the man without fear'' — sightless superhero Daredevil — was little more than a hodgepodge of Spider-Man-derivative skyscraper swinging, corny dialogue, and villains (like Colin Farrell's Bullseye and Michael Clarke Duncan's Kingpin) who are all too easily vanquished? Sure, there's Jennifer Garner as fan-fave martial-arty ''assassin'' Elektra, but she's just as sexy and much more articulate in any given ''Alias.''

Writer-director Mark Steven Johnson obviously loved Daredevil's source material...too much. He's made a tentative action film, as though he'd never decided whether he was aiming it at geeks, a mass audience, or both. The commentary track, by Johnson and producer Gary Foster, is bland self-hype (''You really feel you're in Hell's Kitchen!''), and the two discs are stuffed with filler. Exceptions to the fluff: the interviews with comics writer-artists Frank Miller, who speaks eloquently of the operatic drama he achieved during his Daredevil run, and Brian Michael Bendis, whose rhapsodic description of Miller's death-of-Elektra issue No. 181 makes you want to run to a comic shop, not the DVD store.

Originally posted Aug 01, 2003 Published in issue #721 Aug 01, 2003 Order article reprints