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DareDevil - Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Mark Steven Johnson

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

He is the man without fear.

Attorney Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) is blind, but his other four senses function with superhuman sharpness. By day, Murdock represents the downtrodden. At night, he is DareDevil, a masked vigilante stalking the dark streets of the city, a relentless avenger of justice.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film superhero action comic lawyer blind

Persons of interest

  • Ben Affleck .... Matt Murdock
  • Scott Terra .... Matt Murdock (Age 12)
  • Jennifer Garner .... Elektra Natchios
  • Michael Clarke Duncan .... Wilson Fisk
  • Colin Farrell .... Bullseye
  • Jon Favreau .... Foggy Nelson
  • Joe Pantoliano .... Ben Urich
  • David Keith .... Jack "The Devil" Murdock
  • Erick Avari .... Nikolaos Natchios
  • Coolio .... Daunte Jackson
  • Ellen Pompeo .... Karen Page
  • Kevin Smith .... Jack Kirby
  • Paul Ben-Victor .... José Quesada
  • Jude Ciccolella .... McKensie
  • Leland Orser .... Wesley
  • Stan Lee .... Creator
  • Bill Everett .... Creator
  • Mark Steven Johnson .... Screenwriter
  • Mark Steven Johnson .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Another dark and edgy comic book hero turned into a filmic franchise.

Ben Affleck has buffed up for the leather fetishist's favourite superhero (in red) and, ironically, because he's playing a visually-impaired person you can't help but notice that he's cross-eyed. His hair looks like it was done by a blind person, until it rains and the water runs off the carefully applied hairspray. Oh well, it is Hollywood.

Jennifer Garner does a very Anglo Greek girl (My big fat Greek wedding this ain't) with a knife-fighting routine that's straight out of The mummy returns. Still, the studio liked her so much that she's already signed up for her own spin-off (see Elektra).

The fighting is everything you'd expect from a film that was made post-The Matrix and is let down only by Elektra's knives and the organ scene (the digital manipulation of the characters climbing the organ pipes looks particularly fake because their centre of gravity is wrong). Matt's "sonar" is interesting and effective.

DareDevil is a fun flick if not exactly original. You've seen most of it already in the Batman series.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Disc 1:
      • Movie
      • Movie with audio commentary by Director and Producer
      • Movie with subtitle commentary by Director and Producer
      • "Enhanced Viewing" mode with 8 Multi-Angle, Behind-the-scenes segments
    • Disc 2:
      • Documentaries: Beyond Hell's Kitchen: the making of "DareDevil" (this documentary can be viewed in two different modes)
      • Featurettes:
        • Easter egg: Gag reel/out-takes
        • Featurettes:
          • Featured villain: The Kingpin
          • Moving through space: a day with Tom Sullivan
          • Shadow world
        • DareDevil: HBO 1st look special
        • Jennifer Garner screen test
        • Modelling sheets: 5
        • Multi-angle scenes: 6
        • The men without fear: the art of "DareDevil"
      • Galleries: Stills: 479 images
      • Music videos: 3
      • Trailers: 3 theatrical

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

103 minutes (1:43 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 20 March 2003
DVD rental: 9 July 2003
VHS rental: 9 July 2003

Cinema surveillance images

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