''It was supposed to be about the hero of Hell's Kitchen,'' grumbles writer-director Mark Steven Johnson about last year's Daredevil. Instead, after death by a thousand cuts, the theatrical version ended up being about Ben Affleck, his stubby limbs wedged into a red leather suit, fighting Colin Farrell's Bullseye in an unconvincing CGI-renovated church. Not even Stan Lee could muster up an ''Excelsior!'' over that let alone the ridiculous playground sissy fight with Elektra (Jennifer Garner) but Johnson gets his own back with a director's cut restoring more than 30 minutes and an entire sprawling subplot: blind attorney/Daredevil alter ego Matt Murdock's defense of a man (rapper Coolio) unjustly accused of murder. The problem? The movie still reeks. While there are some amusingly banter-filled new scenes between Affleck and Jon Favreau as his law partner, the murder-mystery story line is patchy and confusing, and it never meshes with the main Elektra-Bullseye-Kingpin plot. A 15-minute featurette on the disc hints hilariously at the editing-room screaming matches that may have erupted, with producer Gary Foster insisting that the longer version's ''intellectual content'' is a pace killer, while director Johnson calls the theatrical cut ''flawed.'' Fellas, relax—you're both right.