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Daredevil (2003) 20th Century Fox

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

THE CUTTING FLOOR

The Cutting Floor is a series dedicated to films that had a major or dismal success at the Box office but thanks to the magic of home video, the viewer can experience what important scenes were left on the cutting room floor.  Some may actually prefer the Director’s vision while others are content with the theatrical release.

With the 2nd season’s debut on Netflix along with the release of Batman Vs Superman, (Featuring Ben Affleck as Batman.) A week after, let’s take a look back at another “Dark Knight” Affleck is also known for, the Movie almost everyone loves to hate, The Man without fear himself, Daredevil!

The premise of this underrated Superhero thriller, based on the long running Marvel Comic recants the oh so familiar origin of the titular character via flashback sequences told in the perspective from Matt Murdock/Affleck’s narrative with a heathy dose of Boy meets Girl and the morale of justice and what defines a hero.

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Murdock, a Lawyer and devout Catholic, by day and a Super vigilante by night, unravels a mystery while taking on criminal mastermind, The Kingpin (Micheal Clarke Duncan) and his sadistic Assassin, Bullseye (played somewhat over the top by Colin Farell.)

Matty boy suffers from an identity crisis to the extent of self-doubt when muttering to himself-“I’m not the bad guy…” Could this have stem from the public’s perception after causing the death of a convicted rapist found not guilty? I’m referring to one of the best highlights of this film is the great fight scene at Josie’s bar. Murdock’s client-a victim of rape, loses the case when testifying against her attacker Jose Quesada and believing that justice wasn’t served, Matt prepares to initiate Plan-“D”

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Before the arrogant Quesada is free to go, Murdock leaves him a cryptic message and soon afterwards tracks him to justice as Daredevil but not without a fight! Hands down this was one of the most memorable superhero fight scenes that truly demonstrates DD’s fighting prowess. The martial arts in conjunction with acrobatics buts the previous Batman films to shame! Affleck immediately grasped hand to hand skills according to his trainer, so I had no problem with him landing the role as Batman.

I was very impressed when Daredevil’s radar senses gave a POV of how he is capable of dodging an array of bullets while accurately beating the shit outta Quesada’s thugs. The utilization of martial arts combined with acrobatics gave Marvel a one-upmanship over DC’s Dark Knight who after six fucking films still can’t get Batman’s fighting capabilities right! Until Batman Vs Superman of course.

 

Im glad that this showed the last of those stupid tropes of flaming logos which began with the Crow.  Ben Urich tosses a lit cigarette to the subway platform that formed a flaming “DD” insignia was unintentionally funny.

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There’s a great scene where a bruised and battered Matt enters his apartment after taking down Quesada.  He chews on painkillers Darvon Vicodin and Percocet as if they were tic-tacs, spits out a tooth and enters a coffin like water filled sensory deprivation chamber.

It gave off the impression that crime fighting does not come easy since the hero doesn’t walk away unscathed.

In the Directors cut, a major subplot not seen in theaters, was the mystery of a murdered Prostitute-Lisa Tazio and the man Duante Jackson (Played by Rapper Coolio) accused of killing her. Murdock, who takes Jackson’s case, investigates the murder using his hyper sensory abilities to find clues tantamount to the defendant’s innocence. But also looking into this matter is news columnist Ben Urich (Played by The Matrix’s Joe Pantoliano.) Prior to playing Happy Hogan in the Ironman films, Jon Favreau rounds out the supporting cast as fellow attorney Foggy Nelson and he’s great as a supporting character who provides sufficient comedy relief.

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Coolio gets a”bad rap”.
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There’s a good amount of fan service throughout the film with names of Marvel artists being thrown about a shot that mimics one of artist Joe Quesada’s covers and even a cameo by the man solely responsible for giving resurgence to the titular character -Frank Miller. Part Wire Fu actioner, part mystery thriller Daredevil Director’s cut in spite of its flaws, is fun watch and a much improved take over its theatrical counterpart.

Wesley Owen Welch: There’s been a problem…
Kingpin: Bullseye failed.
Wesley Owen Welch: Correct.
Kingpin: Send the guards home.
Wesley Owen Welch: [confused] But, sir…
Kingpin: I was raised in the Bronx, Wesley. This is something you wouldn’t understand.

Although the cut has been stamped with an R rating, sexual material such as the love scene between Matt and Elektra has been swapped in favor of a more cerebral pacing accompanied by more violence and profane language. Personally, I liked the brief flashback whereas a Nun silhouette comforts a young Murdock. This scene looked as if it were ripped straight from one of Frank Miller’s panels.

"Round one" "FIGHT"!

“Round one” “FIGHT”!

But like its theatrical cousin, there are a few annoying things that deserved to be cut has unfortunately retained: Lame melancholy songs, the flaming logo and yes, the dreaded Playground scene. However, the fight between Matt and Kingpin has been extended and Bullseye says to Fisk, ” I want me a Fucking costume”! Jennifer Gardner’s Elektra pales compare to the Netflix version, that being said she is a good actress but not as Matt’s love interest and assassin.
If you’re a fan of this character, I highly recommend you buy the Blu ray which is now sold as low as $5.99 at retailers like Best Buy. The disc is loaded with extras one in particular is “Giving the Devil his due” an in depth documentary on why a director’s cut was necessary for those who have already seen the movie. Also commentary, making ofs, bloopers and much more.
Daredevil is one of those films that would have been perfect for 3D conversion thanks to a chunk of in your face aesthetics such as Bullseye tossing shurikens, DD’s radar senses illuminating sudden danger and of course, the bulletime fight scenes which was filmed 5 years before 3D became the norm. Actually, I converted the files to 3D format and to test my theory, played it through my 3D compatible Samsung Gear VR and the results were impressive! Sure this Movie isnt up there with most of the Marvel Disney library, however its much better than both Sony’s Amazing Spiderman films and dont get me started on Fan4stink! So check in but before doing so, leave your highbrow at the door.

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Stalks out!

 

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  • Negasonic Middle Aged Warhead

    Always interesting work from you.

  • I_am_better

    Good one! Outside of that goddamn playground fight, the director’s cut really is an entirely different – and actually watchable – movie.

  • Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I always liked the Directors Cut of this. It was a pretty solid film this way. Theatrical cut was stoopid.

  • Dominique Sings

    Great work Stalks, I still won’t check this out though. Besides the playground scene, there were other cringe-worthy scenes too, like Daredevil kicking Bullseye from a bike in a really bad CGI-sequence and Jennifer Garner practising to Evanescence music. I can’t bear that shit, lol.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Never got round to seeing the director’s cut, but since the theatrical version is already such a horrible movie, I can’t imagine additional material could possibly elevate it any higher than passable mediocrity. There are too many root problems that cannot be fixed: chiefly, the clueless miscasting of Affleck, Garner and Farrell.

  • Stalkeye

    Thanks,K!
    The film such an undeserved bad rap, when i have seen far worse. BTW TFA is out. Jus sayin. (0:

  • Stalkeye

    Exactly Col.

  • Stalkeye

    Thanks, and as for the Bullseye fight, I beg to differ. I was pumped when DD raced toward Bulseye with Rob Zombie’s “Man without fear” playing in the background.
    The CGI flip kick was passible for that time but its the pure efforts that outweigh the negatives.

    Storyboard wise, it was good. Daredevil who was a bit overconfident, attempted to catch his billy club being used as a projectile from Bullseye only to have his super senses averted by an explosion, thus failing to save Elektra’s father =genius!

  • Stalkeye

    Affleck did okay by me. Originally I had hoped for Guy Pierce but the douche turned it down. Farrell was good but needed a “Fucking costume”!

  • CoolHandJuke

    I bought this second hand last summer. Turned it off after Batfleck fought Skeletor on the playground….

  • Stalkeye

    gracias, amigo!

  • Phillyflopper

    Wait, didn’t The Punisher from 2004 also use that flame logo too?

  • Stalkeye

    Yup. Oh, I plan on writing something interesting soon. (0:<

  • Phillyflopper

    Heh, I’m suddenly reminded how in the early oughts, there sure was a lot of bubbly font on music album covers. I’m not sure what it’s called, but that font was everywhere. Just like how in the late 90s, those CGI rap covers were abound. I thought they looked silly then too.

  • Stalkeye

    But yes, I hated Evannesance’s music. Even Nickleback’s song “Learn the hard way” was much better than “Bring me to life”. I could punch my friend for saying how much he liked that song. *Retches*

  • Dominique Sings

    Shhht, Sagamanus likes Evanescence…keep that secret to you.

  • Stalkeye

    Scout’s honour! (:,

  • Phillyflopper

    I think I watched this cut once. But I barely remember it. And I do feel like it felt more boring than the original cut (which I seemed to like at least at the time). As a whole, I still thought the movie was just all unintentionally hilarious.

  • jim83

    The DC version of the film was definitely an improvement ,although like you mentioned certain scenes like the playground fight should have been cut out and of course re-score the whole movie or at least scrap all the songs included in the film.I still remember that pompous producer insisting that the theatrical version was better and that they made the right choice to heavily edit the film for the thetrical release.

  • jim83

    Not only that,but the Punisher movie from 2004 also released an extended unrated cut a couple years later.

  • Stalkeye

    As a whole, I still thought the movie was just all unintentionally hilarious.”
    You mean as in The Dark Knight rises, Punisher (2004), Ghost Rider or Amazing Spiderman 2 unintentionally funny? Aw, hell naw! Yes it has its share of flaws but overall, its a decent and somewhat engaging Superhero flick and I give the producers props for certain efforts like DD’s methods of getting around whether its sliding down fire escapes, bouncing from building sides, performing acrobatic leaps for dramatic effects or swing via billy club. The locomotion of his transportation as with the fight scenes closely mirrored that of the comics.

    Oh, and Affleck didn’t have to growl or overdo his vocal range when portraying a comic character. *Ahem*

  • Stalkeye

    I also had that one in mind for a future segment.

  • Stalkeye

    The producer is an idiot.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Great article man!! Great idea for a series of articles. Never really saw either one of these. Watched some of theatrical cut on tv.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Being Irish and all, as well as liking the Hell’s Kitchen Dive Bars(there are a few. Rudy’s me fave) could you recommend any graphic novels of DD that might be out there. I am assuming Miller must have some?

  • Stalkeye

    Oh yes, and I planned on doing a MMP segment which includes my favorite DD arc. (Born Again is a must!!)

  • Phillyflopper

    Back in the day, I thought it entertaining and was decent. But I think after a couple of years, I went back to watch it and I just had serious trouble with it. I mean, I can still watch it. It’s not atrocious. But I just see a lot of missed opportunity. And it feels like a product of its time. Meaning, there’s a look and feel about it that makes it feel dated somehow. As for Ghost Rider and Punisher, I always felt like they were just mostly shit. Punisher was mostly generic to me. Ghost Rider was just “WTF?” Then again, the Ghost Rider (In Bulgaria) sequel was even more shit. Nice visuals at times, but I just don’t get what they were trying to go for. Never saw ASM2. The Dark Knight Rises sure has its share of crap. And that voice is atrocious. It’s like “Force, much?” Of course, pointing out flaws makes certain assholes get all hot and bothered. Fuck ’em. 😀

  • Tarmac492.1

    Evanescence? Whatever happened to that punchline? LOL!!

  • Tarmac492.1

    Were most people hating on Affleck for all the Bennifer shit around this time? The JLo nonsense? I tell you what. I thought Jersey Girl wasnt horrible. And I dont love Kevin SMith. Although Red State was pretty fucking good.

  • Stalkeye

    Iv’e been hearing positive reviews about Red State and as much as I dislike KS and think of him as another hack, he performs a decent Speaking Word symposium. Yes, plenty of people were hating on Benniffer during both Jersey Girl and DD. Gigli along with “Jenny from the Block” is a legit reason for hating on those two at the time. Personally, I would choose Lopez over Garner anyday.

    Dat ass, yo!

  • Stalkeye

    I welcome all criticism and never take shit personally even when some would question my tastes because at the end of the day, I’m not getting paid for endorsing any film, videogame or album. However, I can see things that stand out thus giving it my seal of approval. That’s how I roll.

    Rises was very disappointing because many had expected more after the success of The Dark Knight. I refer to it as Batman: The Rocky 3 version.
    Bane as Clubber lang, Bats get his ass handed to him within the first arc, then trains hard beats Bane and gets his very own statue. XD
    Still wondering how the fuck he made it out of that pit after his cartilage was nearly gone. /:

  • Phillyflopper

    Yeah, and the Alfred stuff pisses me off. I see what they were going for as he didn’t want to contribute to his demise. But I really couldn’t see Alfred doing a complete about face with him. I haven’t followed the comics heavily, but it seems like Alfred was almost always loyal.

    I still can watch TDKR as long as I don’t think too much (shit, at least it’s not dumb like a Transformers film to me). But there’s just a lot there that is just like “What?” And if you point out the flaws it’s like “It’s only a movie!” Which I’m like “No shit, dumbass!” But as I’m deconstructing Daredevil in a different thread, I just like to point out things and see if I’m missing something or if someone has a different or better take to help me understand.

    And the funny thing about most of The Dark Knight Trilogy, I can watch them, but as much as I loved the performance of Heath in the 2nd film. I kind of feel the film peaks at the Joker capture. Everything else felt kind of anticlimactic to me. And I start to get kind of bored. I mean, I still recommend it to people, especially if they’re not fans of superhero flicks. But I feel that praise is mainly because of Heath (deservedly so). And I feel like that hospital explosion was a waste for a laugh. It didn’t really sell for me.

    I remember when Iron Man 2 was gonna come out, everyone kept saying it seemed like Rocky III. Now, the final film wasn’t necessarily that. But I can’t unsee that just judging by the trailers for it. xD

  • Phillyflopper

    Speaking of “deservedly so” praise for acting. I feel that goes to Jon
    Bernthal on Daredevil season 2. Holy shit, was he the best thing about
    that season. I mean, he eclipsed nearly everything there. I mean, I
    thought it a weak season overall with too many threads, but that guy brought his A game and dare I say it, deserves some serious accolades for it. I was only loosely familiar with his work prior to this, and my initial impression of his casting was “Umm…I’m not feeling it!” But boy was I fuckin’ wrong. He had nuance, he had depth and you just wanted to see more of him doing his thing. One of the best roles I’ve seen in quite a while (then again, I haven’t watched a lot of newer stuff in the past couple of years, so maybe I’m missing something!) xD

  • Tarmac492.1

    Michael Parks fucking kills it in Red STate, as does Melissa Leo and Goodman. Smith proved that, at least once, he could direct a tense horror flick that is probably not far off from the truth in these backwater, southern shitholes. Yeah I said it!!!

  • Phillyflopper

    Yeah, I try to welcome it (emphasis on try, as some folks won’t relent if you disagree with them, which I understand their passion. But they get way too invested if you deviate from their opinions). And it’s the same to me, I like movies sometimes that people think are utter shit. And sometimes I’ll give a little backing up with my reasoning, other times I’m like “It can’t be explained. I enjoy it and that’s that!” But I like shooting the shit to hear about how other folks interpret things. Hell, sometimes a good argument will help me revisit a movie and then suddenly I get what they see. And I’d love for that to happen.

    The funny thing is, I remember absolutely hating The Fifth Element when I first watched it. As the campy universe had put me off immensely. As the previews didn’t really prepare me for that. But after giving it some thought, I started kind of wanting to revisit that world. And after a while, I just enjoyed it. It’s still a flawed and very imperfect movie, but once you realize what type of world this is, you just roll with it.

  • Stalkeye

    The Dark Knight was more cerebral noir (As in a Michael Mann thriller.)than an actual Superhero flick. Nolan’s “flaw” would be that this sequel was more grounded than the first which I really liked. I didn’t care for the Rachael arc and Two Face felt shoehorned at the last minute. Bruce Wayne crying over a Dear John letter is not my idea of Batman! Nolan I felt to some degree, never exploited Batman’s full potential. He was supposed to be a Badass asskicker, the fighting scene at the beginning was well…um…err…uh.
    But at least, he doesn’t wear “Hurrcky Pads”! (;’
    As for the Hospital explosion, I guess it was another demonstration of the Joker’s eccentricities.

  • Toruk_Makto

    “some would question my tastes because at the end of the day, I’m not getting paid for endorsing any film, videogame or album. However, I can see things that stand out thus giving it my seal of approval. That’s how I roll.

    Ya like what ya like. No sense trying to be someone else.

    Myself, I’m an unapologetic Xena fan. Loved the show. Loved the characters. Loved the action, even though most of the time it was silly..(dancing on tiny poles anyone)

    I’m in the minority and I accept that…but nothing’s gonna keep me from my Gabrielle!

  • Phillyflopper

    I could never get into that or Hercules back then. I’d try an episode here and there and it just wasn’t my thing. But I do respect and see why people enjoy them.

  • Stalkeye

    At first, I was very skeptical of “Shane” for the role as Punisher but damn that sonofabitch delivered and yes, he was the best thing that came from this season which I wasn’t disappointed in the least.
    He’s now the best version of the Punisher but unfortunately, he didn’t put on the “Skull” until the last episode.

  • Phillyflopper

    Hell, I feel that about Babylon 5. It is often the butt of jokes. But those that have looked beyond the cheapish sets and often all over the place acting, there is some really, really strong writing and lots of depth with the storytelling. Some of it as commentary on life.

  • Phillyflopper

    Yeah, and then he had pretty much a near cameo towards the final act. Which was a wasted damn shame.

  • Stalkeye

    One man’s trash is another’s treasure I guess.
    What’s funny is that I have this hate for Paul WS Anderson’s Resident Evil films as they tend to stray too far from the source material when it comes to story, horror and characters. but they’re are people who actually like the films more than the videogames that inspired them.

    I remember talking to Deathlok creator Rich Buckler about how lame those films are and he said “I like those Movies”. The guy responsible for one of my favorite Comic characters endorsing Resident Evil Movies??? WTF can’t win ’em all.
    People love TFA and I loathed it, now I will see whether or not I’ll feel the same way about BvS this weekend. XD

  • Toruk_Makto

    That is weird..that’s the first time I’v heard that Babylon 5 wasn’t considered anything but awesome.

    In my circle it’s revered sci-fi. Hell…my dad presented me with the show as some sort of right of passage.

    He had the order he wanted me to watch it in laid out and everything.

  • Stalkeye

    LOL Hey, nothing wrong with that. In some odd way, I thought Lucy Lawless was kinda hawt back in the day. And for the record, I was an die hard fan of Spartacus which she also starred in. Still looks good and gives a great performance as a Villain.

  • Toruk_Makto

    Ha, I like them too. But I admit I only like them for one reason.

    Milla!

    They are not actually good movies and if Paul is crapping all over the source material ( I wouldn’t know) )he should still be held accountable.

  • Toruk_Makto

    She threw herself into the role and that’s all I can ask of anyone.

  • Phillyflopper

    Yeah, I try to show my peers that love sci-fi that show and they end up bailing pretty soon.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Hibiscus Tea.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I think LL looks great now, as well. Spilled much DNA to her in Xena.