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Published:February 20th, 2007 00:35 EST
Daredevil: Can one man make a difference?

Daredevil: Can one man make a difference?

By Garrett Godwin

He prowls on the rooftops on the streets of New York at night looking for justice -- as a guardian devil. Released in February 2003, Daredevil was the latest Marvel Comics superhero brought to life on film, with Oscar winner Ben Affleck in the title role.

Growing up in Hell's Kitchen wasn't easy for Matt Murdock.  An accidental spill of chemicals causes him to lose his sight as a youth, but his other four senses became hyperactive and supersonic. 

Now as an adult, Matt is an attorney by day fighting for the innocent in the courtroom.  But when the system becomes slow, then justice is really blind.  So by night, he becomes Daredevil, bringing dark justice against those that are above the law.

However, throughout this, Matt has found the light within darkness when he falls in love Elektra Natchois (Jennifer Garner), the daughter of a Greek billionaire with ties to New York's most reputed crime boss, the elusive Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan), who has hired the skilled assassin Bullseye (Colin Farrell) to take down our hero.  However, that's not all.  An ambitious reporter (Joe Pantoliano) is out to expose Daredevil.  Can the Double D save New York, his true love, and keep his identity a secret?

Despite negative reviews and mixed receptions from the public, Daredevil went on to gross $100 million in the U.S. box office, leading to a movie spin-off titled Elektra in January 2005.  The film, Daredevil on DVD, has extras that include deleted scenes and much more.

Daredevil is such an underrated, underappreciated movie because it is the story about one man who set out to save the city, but ends up saving himself.  It is also the emotional journey of one man finding faith and having a clear sense of who he is as well as a clear sense of justice.  Most of all, it answered the question: Can one man make a difference?

Hell's Kitchen is where he lives -- and belongs.

He's not the bad guy -- not now, not ever.

You know him by day as attorney Matt Murdock, but at night, in the existence of evil, you can call him Daredevil.

You know him by day as attorney Matt Murdock, but at night, in the existence of evil, you can call him Daredevil.