Over the years, it has become fashionable to bash Ben Affleck’s Daredevil. The 2003 film was met with lackluster reviews as fans and critics were disappointed by the movie. Affleck voiced his own complaints with the film and once said his tenure as Daredevil would keep him from playing another other superheroes - a fact that has since changed. These days, Affleck is suiting up as Batman in the DC Extended Universe to the delight of moviegoers.
But, still, the shadow of Daredevil slinks behind the leading man. However, there are now two stars coming to his defense. Charlie Cox and Elden Henson have come out and said they are fans of Affleck’s work as the vigilante.
This weekend, the Wizard World Convention in Pittsburgh hosted the two Netflix stars for a Daredevil panel. It was there that a fan asked Cox whether he was scared to take on the role because of its previous cinematic bombs. The actor answered and said he wasn’t concerned about the job.
The actor recalled, “When I got cast in Daredevil, a friend of mine, who I was having tea with said he heard that I got that Daredevil role and I was like ‘Yeah, yeah. Super excited!’ and he said The bar is low.’”
Cox stressed that he didn’t agree with his friend’s thoughts about Affleck’s Daredevil.
“I actually really, really liked the film and thought Ben Affleck did a really good job. I think the film is tonally a bit confused [but] I actually really enjoyed it,” he said.
“I think that if you make Spider-Man, and I don’t know much about the other characters to be honest, but if you make Spider-man, for example, you can make a movie for kids and adults and it can have that kind of humor because I think it’s true to the characters for the most part. Daredevil needs to be on a platform like Netflix because the source material is so dark and so complicated and so sinister at times. I think what benefited us so much was that Netflix wanted to make the show with Marvel and we were able to embrace those darker tones.”
Henson, who plays Foggy Nelson, also chimed in to defend the 2003 Daredevil film. “Just so everyone knows out there – it’s not easy to make a movie,” he explained. “It’s really hard. No one sets out to make a bad movie or disappoint anybody. I think they were [just] making these types of superhero things in a much different way back then.”
This isn’t the first time that Cox has talked about his feelings on Affleck’s Daredevil. Last year, the actor said, "I actually didn’t dislike Ben Affleck in it.”
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"I felt like tonally the movie was confused and I didn’t feel like Ben Affleck and Colin Farrell were in the same movie. Ironically, I thought that Colin Farrell was closer to what the director was going for. Sometimes he would have en emotional response or a facial expression in a scene that was very representative of a comic panel. I thought it was fun at times, I just don't think to make that movie in that tone suits Daredevil. It doesn’t really work for that character and that world."
So, what do you guys think? Are you for or against Affleck’s controversial stint as the Hell’s Kitchen hero?