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* BrokenBase:
** Soule's run.
*** Many fans were overjoyed at the announcement that in the new series Matt was reinstated as a lawyer in New York, Foggy's cancer was seemingly cured, and his civilian identity was a secret once more, but thanks to it being a consequence of ''Secret Wars,'' some fans felt it reeked a bit of the ResetButton being used.
*** Not to mention fans of Mark Waid's run may go down as the LighterAndSofter run of the series were disappointed to see a return to a DarkerAndEdgier tone, uprooting a relatively stable life for Matt in exchange for more tragedy, brooding and darkness.
*** Some, while happy for a return to Daredevil's more gritty roots, find Soule's writing to be mediocre. His original characters (Muse, Tenfingers, Blindspot) have mostly failed to catch on with the fanbase, in stark contrast to previous writers who managed to make a lasting mark on the franchise with their additions ([[Creator/FrankMiller Elektra]], [[Creator/BrianBendis Echo]], [[Creator/MarkWaid Kirsten Mcduffy]]).
* CompleteMonster: ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} has fought several abhorrent monsters, but a few have gone the extra mile.
** Besides ComicBook/TheKingpin, Daredevil’s ArchEnemy is [[PsychoForHire Bullseye]]. One of the world's most talented, famous and feared [[ProfessionalKiller assassins]], [[AxCrazy Bullseye]] has revealed he rarely spends the money from his assassinations, preferring to kill [[ForTheEvulz because of the fun involved]]. Bullseye led a string of murders and assassinations that culminated in the death of his nemesis Daredevil's lover ComicBook/{{Elektra}}. Consumed with hatred after being defeated by Daredevil, Bullseye made it a mission to murder any of Daredevil's friends or loved ones, including his later girlfriend Karen Page. After Bullseye was [[BackFromTheDead killed by Daredevil and revived]], he was rendered a paralyzed invalid in a metal case. In retaliation, Bullseye recruited several killers to his cause and began a systematic campaign to drive Matt insane by threatening the lives of his friends, lovers, ex-wife and anyone he held dear, proving that even being a [[EvilCripple cripple does nothing to stop his evil]] or his willingness and ability to destroy whatever Matt loves. When recruited by ComicBook/NormanOsborn, Bullseye took advantage of his position on the Dark Avengers to torment and kill innocents on a whim. Even when not on the job, Bullseye takes great glee in random acts of cruelty, from slaughtering an intersection of people—[[ImprobableWeaponUser using]] mainly [[ImprovisedWeapon paper clips]]--to alleviate boredom, to starting a gang war that will lead to countless deaths just to bask in the suffering of others. Combining {{sadis|t}}m with [[ItsAllAboutMe twisted narcissism]] and LackOfEmpathy for anyone, Bullseye sets the standards of evil for hitmen in the Marvel-verse and serves as an inspiration to many of its killers and monsters.
** Purple Man, born Zebediah [[NamesToRunAwayFrom Killgrave]], he might not have the most intimidating moniker, but he more than makes up for it with his sheer depravity. During his first outing, Killgrave used his powers of persuasion to take control of [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]]'s girlfriend, Karen Page, and tried to rape her, a [[SerialRapist trend he continued through the years]]. Later [[RoguesGalleryTransplant revamped]] by Creator/BrianMichaelBendis in his series ''ComicBook/{{Alias}}'' into an amoral [[TheSociopath sociopath]], Killgrave defeated the young superheroine Jessica Jones and [[MindRape made her his mental slave]], forcing her to watch him commit crimes, date rape women, and assist him throughout it all with her unable to do anything to stop him. While heaping physical, verbal and mental abuse on Jessica, stopping short of outright rape because she "wasn't worthy" of him, Killgrave later massacred an entire restaurant by ordering everyone to stop breathing for nothing more than being too loud, and followed this up by ordering an entire street of people to kill each other. In his latest appearance, Killgrave is revealed to have continued his penchant for raping women, purposefully impregnating several of them so they will give birth to children with his abilities, who Killgrave later recruits to his side after eliminating their parents, hoping to use the children to amplify his abilities and allow him to take his mental control powers global. Killgrave is what happens when you give someone who thinks ItsAllAboutMe is a code to live by, remove any empathy for other beings, and give them mind control powers and a serious desire to hurt others.
** The third Mister Fear, Larry Cranston, assumed the identity of Mister Fear after the deaths of the first two holders. A college rival of Matt's, Cranston resents Matt Murdock for having done better in law school than he did, and tries to ruin his life, using fear gas to induce panic attacks in his victims. Following his return in the 90s after a lengthy hiatus, Mister Fear III triggered a prison riot with his fear gas and escaped, leaving numerous dead. He also freed SerialKiller Charles Burroughs and supervillain Molten Man, and caused them to both go on rampages, while framing Karen Page, Matt's then LoveInterest for murder to boot (he later executed Burroughs for "[[ControlFreak going off script]]"). It was during Creator/EdBrubaker's run, however, that Fear III showed just how low he could go. He provided Lily Lucca with a perfume that permanently altered her body chemistry the men around her to go insane and kill each other, promising to fix her if she aided him (he lied; there is no cure). He then used his fear gas to drive reformed supervillain Melvin Potter/Gladiator into a psychotic break, leading to the deaths of dozens after a rampage through Chinatown. While all this is going on, he takes the place of Milla Donovan—Matt's wife's—psychiatrist, and drives her into a paranoid breakdown, leaving her institutionalised. This is without getting into his discovery that he can use his fear gas (which he now secretes from his pores) to [[SerialRapist force women to sleep with him]], something he does many times through the arc. Effectively impossible to punish, Mister Fear III was last seen in prison, forcing the other inmates to do his work, and raping a female prison guard.
** Copperhead [[FromNobodyToNightmare started off]] as Lawrence Chesney, son of a man who modeled for the cover of a pulp magazine called Copperhead. Lawrence's father felt the publishers cheated, so after his death Lawrence took the mantle of the Copperhead character and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge enacted his revenge]]. Copperhead began [[VigilanteMan killing criminals]] and [[CopKiller killed a cop]] who [[{{Hypocrite}} tried to stop him]], but quickly establishes himself as a creepy SerialKiller, who puts pennies on the eyes of the victims he just killed. After Copperhead killed one of the publishers for revenge, he was stopped from killing the other publisher by Daredevil, and died while fighting him. Copperhead went to hell after he died and made a DealWithTheDevil, returning to Earth as an [[OurLichesAreDifferent undead lich]]. At this point, Copperhead, who lost any of his KnightTemplar qualities or possible love for his father, and was fueled by a burning hatred of Daredevil, gathered other B-list Daredevil villains (Owl, Gladiator II, and Stilt-Man), and began a violent [[MobWar turf war]] with ComicBook/TheKingpin, which cost the lives of many people. Copperhead used those deaths as sacrifices to the Devil, gathering power from those deaths and using it transform part of New York into a version of Hell. Copperhead plans to sacrifice Dardevil and Spider-Man to open a portal to Hell and cause the downfall of mankind. Copperhead also torments his [[BadBoss allies]] with [[MindRape nightmarish illusions]], intending to do the same the rest of the world.
** Coyote [[FromNobodyToNightmare started off as a small time unnamed criminal]], who volunteered for an experiment that would [[PowerParasite duplicate]] the powers of the [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Spot]], a D-list [[VillainTeleportation teleporting]] [[Characters/SpiderManRoguesGalleryIToZ Spider-Man villain]]. [[PoweredByAForsakenChild This experiment involved putting Spot into a contraption that causes him pain, in order to power the machine that gives Coyote his powers]]. Coyote uses his new powers to become a [[PsychoForHire professional criminal contractor]]. He assassinates a drug lord by [[CruelAndUnusualDeath teleporting the blood out of his body]]. He is hired by a Middle Eastern warlord to open up a weapons supply route, which he does by teleporting a moving truck through a blocked off tunnel, killing several of the warlord's men in the process, just [[ForTheEvulz for kicks]]. Bullseye hires Coyote to mess with Daredevil, so Coyote plays [[MindRape mind games with Daredevil and tries to drive him insane]], by teleporting his dead father's skull into his desk drawer. Daredevil soon discovers Coyote's most depraved scheme: Coyote manages to use his powers to remove people's heads without killing them, leaving their bodies intact and able to perform tasks. Coyote kidnaps several people and removes their heads, sending out these headless bodies to be [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil slaves]]. The male bodies are sent off to perform manual labor, while the female bodies are sent out to be {{sex slave}}s. [[AndIMustScream This process causes extreme pain to Coyote's victims]]. When Daredevil manages to free the slaves and Spot, [[TheDogBitesBack Coyote's former victims want to get revenge and try to kill Coyote]].
** [[MadArtist Muse]] is a deranged SerialKiller obsessed with sharing his "vision" of beauty with the whole world. First kidnapping over 100 innocent people, Muse strings them up and constantly drains them of their blood, leaving them near-death, and uses said blood to paint a giant mural in a public location. Later, after murdering close to a dozen [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Inhumans]] and posing their bodies, Muse kidnaps 4 people and plans to [[ColdBloodedTorture torture them to death]], starting by [[EarAche lopping off one's ear]], then captures Daredevil's sidekick, Blindspot, whose [[EyeScream eyes he gouges out]] as a sick play on the young teen's name. Muse's lair is a nightmarish museum of depravity and agony, as it displays piles of skulls, heads on pikes, butchered corpses, and removed organs hanging from strings, all gathered throughout his months of murdering civilians. In the end, Muse tries to fatally wound his hundred blood-drained captives to distract Daredevil while he makes his escape, and, even when caught, refuses to show regret, empathy, or guilt for what his atrocities, displaying nothing but gleeful passion at how "artistic" his story has turned out to be.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The Marvel Universe prides itself on making its heroes' lives hell, but Matt Murdock's life goes above and beyond the call of duty in terms of YankTheDogsChain and {{Wangst}} (to make a long story short: there are ''very'' powerful people that wish Matt and Kingpin to kill each other, and are willing to do ''anything'' to make it happen), and the times when it becomes LighterAndSofter are short-lived and marked with a very brutal return to "normal". It takes some die-hard fanaticism to keep watching after a while.
* DorkAge: The title has arguably suffered through a few of these.
** The tail end of the Silver Age is particularly hard to defend. Daredevil, a character known for being a more down to earth and grittier superhero, was the biggest quipster in the Marvel Universe behind Spidey during this period, and the charmingly-cute irreverence of a teenager felt grossly inappropriate coming from a grown man. The weakness of his rogue's gallery and the recurrence of absurd plots (like Matt's impersonation of his swingin' hep cat brother Mike to conceal his secret identity) also made it difficult to respect the book.
** The early [[TheNineties '90's]] is another widely panned period. Matt gets a new ridiculously DarkerAndEdgier costume, complete with metal shoulder pads and arm spikes, grows a five-o'clock shadow, and generally acts like a jerk to everyone for little to no reason. Throw in some terrible story arc's, like "The Iron Devil", and you get a period that most Daredevil fans would rather forget.
* EvilIsCool: Kingpin, Ikari.
* GrowingTheBeard: Under Creator/FrankMiller. Creator/BrianMichaelBendis is seen as being behind the beard re-growing during the TurnOfTheMillennium, following a string of bad stories in TheNineties.
* HoYay: Between Matt and Foggy on occasion. Matt isn't generally comfortable with anyone touching him unless it's a girlfriend, or Foggy.
* JerkassWoobie:
** The Kingpin, DependingOnTheWriter.
** Also Stilt Man, who's such a ButtMonkey it's impossible to not pity him.
** Gladiator. No matter how hard he tries he just can't escape the supervillain lifestyle.
** Typhoid is manipulative, psychotic, and bloodthirsty on par with Wolverine. However, her other personalities only emerged as a coping mechanism for her horrible upbringing; and as a way to protect herself from the seemingly endless abuse. Furthermore, she cannot control the actions of her Typhoid, or Blood Mary, personas; and is often forced to take responsibility for them. More than a few times "Mary" has reemerged to find herself cover in blood, or forcibly institutionalized.
** Matt. He can have some seriously nasty bouts of "IWorkAlone" {{Wangst}}, but after all the hell that has happened to anybody who so much as gives him the time of day, it's hard not to blame him.
* MagnificentBastard:
** Under Mark Waid's pen, Matt himself slowly became one. For starters, he beats five of the most feared organizations in the Marvel Universe to get the Omegadrive, a device that has the location and names of everyone involved in the aforementioned organizations, providing enough evidence to take them down ''completely'', warning them that if any of them come after him or his family he'll take the info to SHIELD and wipe them off the face of the world. Neither can go after him without either facing this threat or making themselves a target to the other organization, their only solution is to work together, something none of them are capable of doing. When Black Spectre breaks rank and goes after it, he acts on his threat, utterly destroying them.
** Then, as the stress of everyone wanting it gets to the breaking point, Matt arranges for them all to come out and face him for it, only for ''Black Spectre'', the guys who supposedly no longer exist, to come out and utterly beat everyone, taking the device from them. But, its all part of his plan,[[spoiler: however, as its not really Black Spectre, its Wolverine, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Mockingbird, all pretending to be Black Spectre. Now, the whole world thinks that that the guys who no longer exist have he device, meaning they'll turn their attention over to finding them, with no idea that the device is now in the hands of the Fantastic Four.]]
** Charles Soule continues the tradition, with Matt abusing his blindness in a high stakes poker game to play evenly with a telepath hired by the casino to win the tournament. Despite having ''no idea'' what's on his cards, he uses his other senses to see what the other players are thinking, and uses this to win thousands of dollars... that he is unable to cash out because he used a fake identity to enter the competition.
** Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin as well. No matter what the hero community does, The Kingpin will always return, more powerful and more in control than ever. A brilliant {{chessmaster}} and [[ManipulativeBastard emotional manipulator]], and one of the best non-powered fighters in the Marvel Universe, Fisk's more than a match for Daredevil, and is capable of rolling with any result however unexpected. As "Born Again", "Devil in Cell Block D", "Return of the King", and numerous other arcs demonstrate, he's fully capable of turning any situation to his advantage, regularly hijacking other supervillains' plans, and despite Daredevil's best efforts, can never be put away for good.
* MemeticLoser: Matt. Look down on "Memetic Mutation" to see why.
* MemeticMutation:
** Matt's crappy life. It is very well-known among the comic book community that Matt has the crappiest life ever. '''Ever'''.
** The "dating Matt" joke, which states that any woman who dates Matt not called Black Widow or Typhoid will meet a horrible fate.
* MyRealDaddy: Creator/FrankMiller more or less rebuilt Daredevil from the ground up, introducing most of the elements that readers associate with the character. Acclaimed runs like Creator/BrianMichaelBendis' and Creator/EdBrubaker's all build on the foundation that Miller laid, rather than Creator/StanLee's original version.
* NightmareFuel:
** Believe it or not, the Spot, as rendered in the first issue of Waid's run by Paolo Rivera. When you see him the way Matt does, you see a creature with chunks bitten out of him.
** When the Spot shows up again [[spoiler:around issue 20 when it's revealed that he's powering the Coyote]], it gets even worse.
* RecycledPremise: The story in Mark Waid's run where Matt thinks a villain is trying to kill Kirsten to get to him, only to find out the villain is targeting Kirsten to kill ''Kirsten''! Waid used the same story in his ''Flash'' run with Wally West/The Flash and Linda Park in place of Daredevil and Kirsten, respectively.
** Similarly, the scene where Matt and Kristen first say 'I love you' to one-another plays out very similarly to how Wally and Linda first did so, with the hero accidentally saying it, only to decide instantly they ''mean'' it and exchange flirty banter with their girlfriend until they admit it as well.
* StoicWoobie: Matt. As mentioned, his life is hell but he'll pretty much never wangst about it (publicly).
* ToughActToFollow:
** Denny O'Neil's run. O'Neil was Frank Miller's direct successor and he just didn't connect with readers the way Miller did. To be fair, Miller had, at that point, basically defined the book, so whoever followed him was probably going to come up short.
** Ann Nocenti's run. She was the second person to succeed Miller and Miller had basically stripped Daredevil of many of his defining elements, such as his licence to practice law. Fortunately she was able to work wonders by pushing the book in a drastically different and unique direction with [[OutsideContextProblem atypical villains]] for the series and exploring different themes. Her handling of Typhoid Mary in particular is seen as a highlight of the run.
*** DG Chichester's run, following Nocenti. While he wrote a good story in "The Fall of the Kingpin", after that the book sort of began to deteriorate, ultimately leading to the Iron Devil arc.
* TheWoobie:
** Matt's crappy life is memetic among comic fans. His mother abandoned him, his father was murdered by the mob, his life is a complete mess from his superheroics, he's had his identity exposed and his life destroyed by the Kingpin, the women he's loved always meet a brutal end if they don't betray him first, and if he ever does find happiness, it will almost certainly be taken away in the most vicious manner possible very quickly.
** Milla Donovan, Matt's wife for a time. She was driven to insanity by Mister Fear just to spite Matt.
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* BetterOnDVD: The film's reception markedly improved with the release of the Director's Cut, which restored 30 minutes of footage, including an entire missing subplot, and placed emphasis on aspects of Daredevil's character that went underrepresented in theaters, particularly his Catholicism and his skills as a lawyer. As a result, the movie gained far more defenders than it did the first time around, and has effectively replaced the theatrical cut as the definitive version, with Fox not even bothering to bring the original to Blu-ray.
* CompleteMonster: [[ProfessionalKiller Bullseye]], like his comic book counterpart, is a swaggering PsychoForHire who prides himself on his unerring aim and his total lack of regard for human life. [[TheDragon Retained]] by [[BigBad Wilson "The Kingpin" Fisk]] as a troubleshooter, Bullseye is a mess of [[HairTriggerTemper barely contained violence]], who regularly murders in his off time. Over the course of the film he [[DisproportionateRetribution kills a man for insulting him]] in a bar, chokes an elderly woman to death for talking too much on a plane, murders another man in order to steal his motorcycle, and stabs one of Fisk's guards to death [[ImprobableWeaponUser with pencils]] after deciding he'd rather not go through security. That's in addition to killing Nikolas and Elektra Natchios (and two of their bodyguards) on Fisk's orders, and trying to hunt down an already wounded Daredevil for the heinous crime of making him miss. An arrogant braggart who loves showing off against weaker opponents, and who is reduced to a sniveling wreck when beaten, Bullseye is completely devoid of redeeming qualities.
* CriticalBacklash: Thanks to the director's cut.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Fittingly for a film about a superhero with enhanced hearing, the music is hugely prominent in the film. The soundtrack is also arguably one of the best collections of NuMetal ever assembled:
** Bullseye being introduced with House of Pain's "Top o' the Morning To Ya."
** Drowning Pool & Rob Zombie's "Man Without Fear," written especially for the film (Although the title being Daredevil's RedBaron probably gave it away) & was Drowning Pool's first song to be released following the death of original frontman Dave Williams in 2002.
** Fuel's "Won't Back Down"
** The Calling's "For You," which was written especially for the Daredevil/Elektra ship.
** Seether's "Hang On."
** Evanescence's "My Immortal" and "Bring Me To Life" featuring Paul [=McCoy=].
* CultClassic: Thanks to the director's cut, this movie now has a cult fanbase who see this as one of Marvel's most underrated movies and that should have received a sequel.
* FoeYayShipping: There was fanfiction set in the film's world (after ''Elektra'') that ships Elektra with Bullseye despite the fact, or because, [[spoiler:he murdered her father and her]].
* FridgeBrilliance: At the end of the movie, Bullseye hits a fly. In Brazil, the expression "na mosca", which roughly translates into "at the fly", is used for the same meaning Americans say "bullseye".
* HamAndCheese: Colin Farrell as Bullseye. Bullseye really enjoys killing people, and it shows in how much Colin's enjoying this role.
-->'''Bullseye:''' *after being shot in the hands* '''You took me hands! You took away me haaaaands!!!!''
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: The scene with Matt and Elektra on the rooftop, and Matt's monologue near the end, about how positively Elektra's love has affected him, seems a lot more meaningful now that Creator/BenAffleck and Creator/JenniferGarner are married in RealLife. The fact that [[RomanceOnTheSet they met each other while filming this movie]] just makes it sweeter. The note about how his life has improved is also given further enforcement with the CareerResurrection that Affleck managed following his decision to go into directing.
** HarsherInHindsight: They have divorced now, following multiple allegations of Affleck's cheating, gambling and other assorted problems.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The psychopathic and cartoonish criminal that Matt faces down in the film's first act is named [[Creator/JoeQuesada Jose Quesada]]. At the time of the film's release, it was merely one of several {{ShoutOut}}s that referenced the names of creators who'd worked on Daredevil's comic book, but in hindsight, after the ''massive'' fan revolt against ''Editor'' Joe Quesada's ill-received "ComicBook/CivilWar" and "ComicBook/OneMoreDay" storylines, many of the fans who who were left unamused by Quesada's antics tend to find this sequence hilarious. The fact that Daredevil hunts him down definitely works as a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for them as well.
** Kingpin's RaceLift from white in the comics to black in the film, thanks to the little known fact that the character was originally supposed to be black in the comics but was changed to white to avoid accusations of racism.
*** Plus, he'd already been played by a black actor in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''.
** During Daredevil and Bullseye's fight inside the church, a number of bats interrupt after they pull down a pipe in the organ. In 2013, it was announced that Ben Affleck was going to be the new Batman.
** Affleck's adamance after the film's release (and backlash) that he wouldn't play another superhero.
--->'''Affleck:''' "By playing a superhero in Daredevil, I have inoculated myself from ever playing another superhero... Wearing a costume was a source of humiliation for me and something I wouldn't want to do again soon."
** The mere fact that Ben Affleck can now boast having played Batman and his Marvel counterpart Daredevil.
** In fact, both movies have improved versions on DVD.
--->'''WebVideo/HonestTrailers:''' So, settle in, for what's basically Ben Affleck's really disappointing audition to be the next Batman!
** The film has often been mentioned on ''ThisVeryWiki'' as being similar to and a pioneer for Nolan's [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy Batman films]]. (Look on this page under ''SeinfeldIsUnfunny''.) Given their adherence to a sense of realism about vigilantism, maybe Zack Snyder is a troper.
** Creator/JonFavreau acting in a movie based on a Marvel comic, years before he would go on to direct two ''Film/IronMan'' films and play Harold "Happy" Hogan in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
** Early on, Bullseye jokingly states [[NotWearingTights "I want a bloody/fucking costume."]] Characters not visually resembling their comic book counterparts would become a prevalent complaint throughout later Marvel films.
* IronWoobie:
** Matt lost his father as a child, runs a failing law firm due to his refusal to support guilty clients and [[spoiler:failed to save his girlfriend]]. Yet he still goes on to protect New York City, [[spoiler:[[DramaticIrony unaware of what happened to Elektra]]]].
** Elektra lost her mother as a child, [[spoiler:saw her father murdered in front of her, wrongfully assaulted her boyfriend and, when she tries to get revenge, is humiliated and is given a TakeThatKiss when Bullseye kills her]]. Her spin-off never lets her get the retribution she deserves.
* LoveItOrHateIt: The movie is either an underrated and faithful adaptation, or an insult to not only Daredevil fans, but to the general moviewatching audience (who generally didn't like it.) Although the movie has gotten more love thanks to the director's cut.
* LoveToHate: Colin Farrell's portrayal as Bullseye is a murderous, perverted and gleefully destructive Irish Ham... one many enjoy in both the Theatrical and Director's Cuts.
* MemeticMutation: Quoting "Bring Me to Life" in Daredevil discussions, even if they're not about the movie.
-->'''WAKE ME UP!'''
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Murdering Matt's father was already low, and framing his former friend and having him killed made it worse, but the Kingpin crosses when he admits to Matt he had Bullseye kill Elektra simply because of his rule to kill off an entire family, or as he puts it: "in the wrong family in the wrong time".
** Bullseye killing off an old lady and murdering Elektra's father, framing Daredevil in the process, was bad enough, but he crosses it further when he kills Elektra, all the while [[CurbStompBattle taking her down with few hits received]], mocking her by [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty hitting on her during the fight]] and [[ForcefulKiss kissing her]] [[TakeThatKiss to add insult to injury]] while gutting her (the latter is in the DirectorsCut.)
* {{Narm}}:
** A big complaint is that the acrobatics are hard to take seriously, thanks to the obvious special effects, the most cited being Daredevil somehow leaping off the top of a skyscraper, falling several floors, and landing on a window cleaner's platform... somehow not breaking his legs in the process.
** Many lines from Bullseye, particularly "He... made me... miss."
** Most of Creator/JenniferGarner's fight scenes fall into this, especially her practice session against a dozen helpless sandbags.
*** Plus her breathless delivery of "Liar!" like she's in a shampoo commercial.
** The "[[Music/{{Evanescence}} Bring Me To Life]]" scene can be this to modern viewers due to the songs notorious use in ''numerous'' {{FanVid}}s over the years since the movie came out.
** The young Matt fighting back against a bully by ''lightly'' slapping his face with his cane.
*** [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic "Oh, no, he has a cane! All I can do is just stand here and take it, I guess!"]]
** Matt and Elektra's first kiss is set in the rain, and the logic is that even though Daredevil is blind, his super hearing lets him "see" everything when it rains, because acoustics or something. And so whenever he's making out in the rain, he can "see" the person he's making out with because raindrops are bouncing off the person's face. The result is that through Matt's "echolocation", Elektra looks like a [[Film/{{Avatar}} Na'vi]].
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** [[Series/GreysAnatomy Ellen Pompeo]] as Karen Page.
** [[Creator/JonFavreau Foggy Nelson]] may eventually be slowly and safely forgotten that he was in this film as he will more remembered as [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Happy Hogan]].
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Whatever the film's faults, it does do something rare for a comic book film in that, unlike the Spider-Man and X-Men films, it can make you forget you're watching a comic book adaptation. Some scenes feel like they're from a different film (in the best possible sense). It's only when Bullseye shows up that it starts to slip (it's not easy to make a realistic film involving a man who can go on killing sprees with paper clips and peanuts). Since other films, most notably [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy Christopher Nolan's Batman films]] and the eventual ''Series/Daredevil2015'' Netflix series, have done this more successfully, Daredevil is unlikely to get credit for trying it first.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Kingpin being black is a notable aversion; most feel that, [[AbilityOverAppearance regardless of race]], Michael Clarke Duncan turned in such a great performance that it wasn't a problem.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Foggy Nelson was DemotedToExtra in the theatrical version. Averted with the director's cut which has a lot of scenes developing his and Matt's friendship.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: [[spoiler:Elektra thinking Daredevil killed her father could have been stretched out for longer. She could've gone to Fisk to get his help, working for him in the process along with working with Bullseye, the man who killed her father. Instead, it's resolved within 10 minutes and she gets killed]].
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Ben Affleck took great care to provide a respectful portrayal of a blind person, including wearing blinding contact lenses for all the scenes that didn't require complex physicality from him. All the little things we see him doing to get ready for his regular day at the beginning of the film, such as braille tags on clothing, dollar bills in braille-labeled boxes, folding the bills in different ways to be able to tell the denominations apart, are all TruthInTelevision.
* ToughActToFollow: With the death of Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan, the producers of the {{Netflix}} [[Series/{{Daredevil 2015}} show]] likely decided that there was no point trying to find other qualified actor as big as him to be the next version of Wilson Fisk and decided to cast Creator/VincentDOnofrio in the part. [[AbilityOverAppearance Thankfully, D'Onofrio turned in a performance that was even more layered and complex than the film's version]].
* ValuesDissonance: Now that we have {{Action Girl}}s aplenty in all kinds of entertainment, it's pretty weird to see Matt be so utterly mystified at the concept of a woman who knows martial arts when he meets Elektra. Though, it's very likely that Matt wasn't so much amazed that a girl could fight so much as he was that ''anyone'' could fight as well as she did, given how well she did during their fight.
* VindicatedByHistory: Many fans and critics left cold by the theatrical cut were far more receptive to the DirectorsCut which reinstated a lot of the classic elements of the comics (Matt's Catholic faith and his legal skills). It is now considered a decent film, and the 2008 Blu-Ray release conspicuously lacks the theatrical cut of the film, with the director's cut in its place -- and notably, nowhere on the case is it stated that it's the director's cut of the film.
* WhatAnIdiot: Elektra attempts to [[spoiler:catch the sai Bullseye throws at her]] instead of getting out of the way.
* WTHCastingAgency:
** All-American Jennifer Garner as a Greek? Indian-American Erick Avari as her father? Huh? At least Michael Clarke Duncan as the Kingpin makes sense: regardless of skin color, he's ''huge'' and [[ScaryBlackMan intimidating]], and that's what's important.
** In Erick Avari's case, it leads to many WhatTheHellIsThatAccent [[BilingualBonus moments]]. Very jarring, considering Elektra is a second/third generation immigrant, therefore her accent, not to mention her command of the Greek language, should be worse than his.
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