At roughly two hours and fifteen minutes the movie still feels rushed to include all its plot threads and characters. An especially silly romance is set up and discarded just as quickly with little impact on the story, audience or characters on-screen. This Director’s Cut features nearly twenty minutes of additional footage that mostly includes a sub-plot involving the trial of an innocent man accused of murdering a prostitute. It is not a necessary strand but it does help fuel the Matt Murdock side of the story and Jon Favreau is always a welcomed presence.
Colin Farrell and Michael Clarke Duncan make for some of the limpest villains this side of the Bat-Cave, Bullseye fails to hit the mark as a memorable foe and his final battle scene with Daredevil is anti-climactic. Duncan is cast well as the massively structured Kingpin but he is sidelined for long stretches before being revealed as the true nemesis all along, something we are aware of long before the reveal.
The thing that Daredevil does successfully is set up an intriguing back story, present us with an amusing sidekick for our hero, and populate the world they inhabit with just enough weird characters and situations to amuse for the duration of the picture. Would I want to see a follow-up? No. Matt Murdock is not a charismatic enough figure to warrant any sequels. Excuse the pun, but what you see is what you get.
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Michael Clarke Duncan