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When he was a boy Matt Murdoch, Scott Terra, sees his failed boxer father, David Keith, succumbing to and becoming victim of the world of crime that dominates his local area of Hells Kitchen in New York. Blinded at the moment of his father's death by a run-in with a toxic substance Matt vows to seek justice. As a man, played by Ben Affleck, whose other senses are heightened to compensate for his lack of sight, Matt is a lawyer during the day and judge and jury at night as Daredevil, the man who knows no fear. Matt's also a relentless pursuer of women, one of whom Elektra Natchios, Jennifer Garner, is more than able to combat his approaches. She's the daughter of a Greek shipping magnate who's despatched by crime boss Wilson Fisk, Michael Clarke Duncan. Fisk who's known as the Kingpin hires the psychotic killer Bullseye, Colin Farrel, to get Elektra out of the way. It's all so silly. I was getting a bit worried about the Daredevil's tendency towards vigilante activities but then Matt was too. There are underexplored dark undercurrents to Daredevil that might have been interesting but writer/director Mark Steven Johnson who was apparently a great fan of the comics opts for pompous dialogue, ludicrously choreographed fight sequences designed by Hong Kong expert Cheung Yan Yuen and bland characterisations. Is it so impossible to develop interesting characters in a film like this? It seems so, but I must admit I thought this just a notch about that other Marvel adaptation Spider-man.Comments by David StrattonThe latest superhero epic is a grim affair which takes itself very seriously. Very much in the same territory as Spider-Man, it completely lacks the charm of its predecessor, and the now familiar plot, about the wronged boy who becomes a masked vigilante bringing the bad guys to justice, has nothing much new to say. Ben Affleck is a lugubrious hero, but Colin Farrell seems to be enjoying himself as the crazy assassin.