Honest Trailer for Daredevil Will Make You Thankful for the Marvel/Netflix Series

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 - 10:41AM
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Wednesday, 08 April 2015 - 10:41AM
Honest Trailer for Daredevil Will Make You Thankful for the Marvel/Netflix Series

We can all be grateful that the early reviews of Marvel/Netflix's Daredevil are overwhelmingly positive, but if you've forgotten why we needed a better treatment of the character in the first place, Screen Junkies is ready to remind you. This brutal honest trailer for 2003's Daredevil explores in detail why the widely lambasted film is considered to be one of the worst superhero movies of all time:



There are too many problems with this film to count, so it's amazing that they were able to keep this video to only five minutes. Starring "2003's least favorite actor" Ben Affleck, who was in his nadir period of the Daredevil/Pearl Harbor/Gigli trifecta, this pathetic version of Matt Murdock was entirely incompetent at his job, featured a growly Daredevil voice that was little more than a very poor man's Christian Bale, and had a "stupid cross-eyed derp face" on for the entire film. As Screen Junkies put it, this is "Ben Affleck's really disappointing audition to play Batman."

And that's not even mentioning the terrible CGI, the cheesy expositional voiceover, or the ludicrous soundtrack that reads like a who's-who of the most mocked bands of all time, including Hoobastank, Evanescence, and Nickelback.

And then there's the Elektra problem. The trailer acknowledges that in spite of being a superhero in her own right, she's blatantly objectified and reduced to glorified eye candy, which is a disservice to the character and female superheroes in general. They also call out the unhealthy and misogynistic relationship between her and Matt Murdock, in which he stalks and sexually harasses her as a form of "romance." As Screen Junkies put it, "If a girl doesn't like you, beat her up until she changes her mind!" It sounds like it's less "Catwoman for men," and more like Fifty Shades of Grey for superhero fans.

But since the video is only five minutes, they
 didn't even get a chance to mention the fact that the character is unapologetically fridged, or killed/maimed for the sole purpose of motivating the male protagonist. (But hey, at least Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner got a marriage and three kids out of this mess, right?)

Marvel/Netflix's Daredevil will be available to cleanse your palate on April 10.
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