100 Essential Superhero Movies – You Decide! Daredevil
Part of finishing off this list of 100 essential superhero movies is bringing in my audience, and so when I got down to the last 15-20 movies, I decided that I would let you decide. And what better than to reach out to other movie critics and reviewers to let them argue the case for a superhero movie that they are a fan of and at the bottom of the post, there is a poll where you can vote whether or not you agree if it should be included in the 100 Essential Superhero Movies list. But I didn’t want them to have all the fun so today I will be defending the case for Daredevil, the much maligned outing where Ben Affleck plays a blind guy in red leather.
To start off with, I’m going to be arguing for the Director’s cut of Daredevil rather than the theatrical cut. The Director’s cut has a darker edge to it and cuts out some of the romance. Daredevil himself is one of the most well known of the street-level superheroes, the heroes that don’t have quite as flashy super powers and spend their time in the slums of New York battling regular criminals more often than supervillains. While I can see that the origin section of this movie is fairly weak with a mini-remake of Rocky and a mediocre child actor, once it moves into the middle of his world it works a lot better. While I imagine it’s been done better in other movies, I really enjoyed some of the small touches showing bits of his everyday life as a blind man, and the toll it takes being a costumed vigilante without comic book healing.
On top of everything there’s two great villains in this movie. Colin Farrell’s Bullseye is just a giant ball of energy exploding across the screen. He seems to completely relish every moment he appears as he plays the psychotic who never misses with absolute glee. And there’s also the massive Kingpin played by the late Michael Clark Duncan with his giant cigar and menacing smile. And while many people don’t enjoy her, I quite like Jennifer Garner’s Elektra for most of this movie. Once you get past the playground fight, which I also think is a guilty bit of campy fun, she has great chemistry with Affleck. Sure there’s things that could be done better, but I think there’s a lot of good that can be seen in Daredevil and for that it’s worthy of being included as one of the 100 Essential Superhero Movies. Agree? Disagree? Your vote will make a difference as long as you make your choice known in the poll right below. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.