Criticism

Daredevil (Q Syndicate)

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Blinded by toxic waste when he was a boy, lawyer Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) now puts his radioactivally enhanced remaining senses to use every night as Daredevil, a vigilante crime fighter in a ridiculous red leather pantsuit. The surprisingly joyless action sees him wooing Elektra (Jennifer Garner), a hyper-defensive martial arts expert, while squaring off against the psychotic  Bullseye (Colin Farrell) and Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan), the city’s reigning crime boss. Numerous, repetitive fight sequences, coming at breakneck speed and full of Matrix-style effects, murky lighting, and pounding thrash metal, fail to fill in the script’s Grand Canyon-sized plot holes. Moreover, Affleck’s utter lack of charisma makes him especially ill-suited to portray a larger-than-life comic book character; consequently, his Daredevil is undoubtedly the least spellbinding superhero to ever traipse woodenly across the silver screen.

Grade: C-

Kinsey Scale: 3 (Affleck clearly worked out for the role; too bad his leather outfit is so unflatteringly baggy. Previously, he appeared in the queer-themed  Chasing Amy and in gay director Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting. Duncan played a character named “Gay Virgin” in the sketch comedy film The Underground Comedy Movie. Current sex-symbol sensation Farrell was in out director Joel Schumacher’s Tigerland.)

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