Daredevil Comic Headed for the Big Screen

Posted on May 29, 2002

Twentieth Century Fox announced that it will release the Fox/New Regency production Daredevil on February 14, 2003. Daredevil stars Ben Affleck in the title role, a blind vigilante with ultra-heightened other senses and incredible acrobatic abilities. Also starring are Jennifer Garner (Alias) as Elektra, a sexy superheroine in her own right, Colin Farrell (Minority Report) and Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile).

Twentieth Century Fox Vice Chairman Bob Harper said, "Audiences have demonstrated a tremendous appetite for comic super heroes in the last couple of years. We are very excited about unveiling the next big Marvel superhero on the first big holiday of the year."

Daredevil is written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson (Simon Birch), produced by Gary Foster (The Score) and Avi Arad (X-Men, Spider-Man), and executive produced by Kevin Feige (X-Men) and Bernie Williams (The Score). Co-starring are Jon Favreau (Made), Joe Pantoliano (Matrix), David Keith (Behind Enemy Lines) and newcomer Scott Terra (Eight Legged Freaks).

Fox and Regency are bringing Marvel's legendary comic hero, known as the Man Without Fear, to the big screen. Attorney Matt Murdock is blind, but his other four senses function with superhuman sharpness. By day, Murdock represents the downtrodden. At night he is Daredevil, a masked vigilante stalking the dark streets of the city, a relentless avenger of justice. Daredevil: The Man Without Fear debuted in Marvel Comics' Daredevil #1 in 1964.

The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Ericson Core (The Fast and the Furious), production designer Barry Chusid (Blade art director), three-time Oscar winning costume designer James Acheson (Spider-Man), Academy Award nominated editor Dennis Virkler (The Fugitive, The Hunt For Red October), legendary action director Cheung-Yan Yuen (Charlie's Angels, Iron Monkey) and second unit director Alexander Witt (Black Hawk Down). Rhythm and Hues (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Titanic, Men In Black 2) is handling the visual effects under visual effects supervisor Rich Thorne (Behind Enemy Lines).