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Headscratchers: Dare Devil
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  • General Daredevil question: Why does Daredevil's mask have eyeholes?
    • Because he doesn't want anyone knowing he's blind. It adds a layer of concealment to the secret identity. You see eyeholes, you assume Daredevil can see, so you won't even think that the blind lawyer might be him.
    • It doesn't actually have eyeholes. It has eye-shaped thingies that look like eyeholes.
  • Why does Becky Blake disappear and reappear all the time? She was nowhere to be seen during Bendis' run (in fact, we see Nelson and Murdock with a different secretary), reappears during Brubaker's run, is promoted to partner in the firm (Nelson, Blake and Murdock), remains there during Diggle's run, and is again nowhere to be seen during Waid's run (With the law firm simply called Nelson and Murdock again).
    • She isn't in Waid's run because she quit during the Shadowland storyline, saying (not unreasonably) that she didn't trust Matt anymore.

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  • Murdock takes (a lot of) painkillers, presumably because he's nothing more than a Badass Normal with heightened senses and extensive combat training, and being in fights against murderous psychos might make a person sore in the morning. How does he, posing as a blind lawyer who's just a regular guy, explain the extensive scars and such to his physician (or whoever prescribed him the painkillers)?
    • WMG: He reports residual pain from the chemical exposure that rendered him blind. Obviously there was some neurological "damage" that affected his senses, easy to report that it's causing him chronic pain and get painkillers. By doctor and pharmacist shopping, he could double up on scripts. Alternatively, he's obviously in touch with a good number of criminals (in most incarnations he's at least a part-time defense attorney, not to mention the criminal informants and such he encounters at his night job) and could score illegal painkillers.
  • Why did Murdock make such a big deal out of the fact that he, apparently, could sense that Elektra was very attractive? Do blind people normally care about looks when seeking a partner? It might be logically fallacious, but one might think that being blind would make a person almost completely apathetic to how a desired partner looks, at least from the neck up (you know, as long as they're not an Elephant Woman).
    • Because he used to be able to see and thus can appreciate visual beauty.
    • I know a person who lost their senses of smell and taste years ago. To this day, this person will refuse to eat anything that he remembers not liking the taste of, just because he "knows he doesn't like it." People aren't logical.
  • There are a lot of things I could complain about in the movie — the "romance," Daredevil's wildly fluctuating physical condition, et cetera — but can anyone come up with any reason for how Bullseye, who has not only not made any effort to conceal his identity but seems to be relatively well known in his home town, can murder a man over a slight in plain view of about thirty witnesses, make a show out of it, and walk out the door? Or did the scriptwriter just get caught up in Evil Is Cool and not stop to think about the consequences?
    • He was probably either counting on everyone being too scared of him to report him, or he was just displaying that he didn't give two green potato craps about any authority figures trying to bother him. Some people, especially criminals, are like that. They either believe they're just too badass to be taken down by the authorities, or they just don't care. Besides, you're letting movies and TV influence your idea of consequences a bit too much... police don't actually just materialize out of thin air near the scene of a crime, and mad, all-encompassing scurries including closing roads and alerting airports over a single murder aren't that common, unless the murdered person was particularly prominent in some way.
  • It's not his hometown, just a bar he happened to crash into. (I seriously doubt that bartenders in Ireland complain about 'Irish trash' in British accents, for one thing, and Movie Bullseye is Irish.) As for nobody trying to stop him from leaving... would you? That's just volunteering to be the next guy to die.
    • Okay, fair point about his nationality. I didn't really think about that. However, while I wouldn't try to stop him, per se, I would call the police as soon as he was gone. It wasn't exactly the perfect murder.
      • No one there knows who he is. Even when they give a description to the police, it's not like the cops are going to know the guy's home address or anything. He walked into a bar, killed a guy, and walked back out - it happens in real life, too. He wasn't trying to be sneaky.
      • I'm sure it happens in real life, but do they normally get away with it? The police would have a description of a very distinctive-looking murderer on the loose. Word's liable to get around.
      • Sometimes they get away with it. The fact that Bullseye was out of the country within hours would help.
      • Are you serious? Ignoring the excessively tight security in airports (to the extent of police/guards and checkpoints being everywhere), the guy has a giant scar in the shape of a cross-hair covering most of his face and was seen by several people, so how in the name of hell can he get away? Even if he had all the projectiles in the world, he can't dodge an array of bullets from several guns, so just "getting away" doesn't exactly seem feasable.
      • Deleted scenes show him at the airport- he does get searched, but is then moved on. Basically there is security but they have no idea what he has done and thus have no reason to stop him. Since he went straight from the airport from the bar, they probably aren't even looking for him yet.
      • His scar is on his forehead, not "covering most of his face," as seen in the movie, a hat covers it up completely. And again, he was seen by several people, but none of them apparently know his name or where he went. And the cops wouldn't know he was heading for the airport, so why would they be checking for him, specifically, there? You're acting like the second he stepped out of the bar 20 cops would've been there with guns on him, but that's not how law enforcement works. In the US, at least, it could be weeks between the commission of a crime and an actual arrest.
      • The bullseye imprint on his forehead is indeed covered completely by a hat. But just before he kills the bar patron, he removes it, and everyone in the bar should have been perfectly capable of seeing it, unless Matt Murdock wasn't the only blind character in this film.
      • He took his hat off, left, then put it back on. The police are called and show up several minutes later. They spend time collecting witness statements and put out a description to all units. By this point, Bullseye is already at the airport or on his way, and he manages to get on his plane and fly away while the police still work on the crime scene and without being noticed. His forehead bullseye being noticed might actually work in his favour- the police waste time looking for people with that distinguishing feature and miss the guy who is hiding it. Hours pass and Bullseye is already gone- and if he was only in another state (as seems likely- you get British pubs outside of Britain, after all, and he is in New York before the day is up; the deleted scene of him at the airport shows he is clearly being searched by an American guard), rather than another country, he's off the plane and gone in a couple of hours as well. The police have almost zero time to catch this guy and they don't even know it- hence, they fail.
    • And aside from all of that, the reason he left the bar was that he had just taken a job for the most powerful crime lord in America. So even if he was caught, or traced, Kingpin probably could have had quashed it.
      • ...that actually makes sense.
  • Speaking of The Movie, am I the only one on the entire internet who actually likes the non-score soundtrack, in spite of being shoehorned in? I love orchestral music as much as the next guy, but I'm also a bit of a head-banger.
    • I think the thing with the soundtrack is it kind of comes off as an obnoxious, band-vehicle sort of thing for a band that happened to be very overplayed and trendy at the time. It comes off as pretty cheesy now, but I think in once everyone forgets the stigma attached to 2003 Evanescence and such, it'll feel pretty appropriate.
      • Honestly, I think this soundtrack ranks up there with The Crow when it comes to "astoundingly awesome soundtrack albums." You gotta remember that it's this soundtrack that really introduced Evanescence to a wide audience, so they only became "overplayed" in the wake of this soundtrack.
  • What was the point of Daredevil (who wasn't even in costume yet) fighting his girlfriend in the playground? Assuming the girl didn't know this blind lawyer was Daredevil, it paints her in a bad light because she's willingly trying to attack a blind man for no reason.
    • It wasn't like she walked up and decked him. He goaded her into it with some simple moves, she responded, and it just sort of escalated from there. If he had been just a normal blind guy who tried to block her path she probably would have put him in a light arm lock until he said uncle and let him go.
    • Why would he say "uncle"? I think he'd be trying to shove her off of him.
      • Have you ever tried "shoving off" someone who has you in an arm lock? It's called pain compliance for a reason.
    • I re-watched it on Youtube. All he did was grab her arm. She was the one who decided to go kung-fu on him.
      • And all she did was try to put him in a simple arm lock. That's a fairly standard response to a strange man who has been creepily following you around, despite being told several times to stop, and who suddenly grabs you by the arm.
    • Did the children not find it odd that a blind guy was fist-fighting a woman in the playground?
      • Sure they found it odd. They also found it cool, hence why they all gathered around to watch.
  • Why did Daredevil apparently cover the ground in oil with his logo after the train killed Quesada? How did Ben Urich know it was there, and to throw his cigarette on it? What was the point exactly? Daredevil apparently never did this kind of thing again for the rest of the movie.
    • The filmmakers were trying to invoke Rule of Cool. Whether they succeeded or not is YMMV.
    • Calling card maybe? He possibly does do this for some of his outings, but we only see it pointed out here because we never see any of his outings then get reported on by the police. As for how Urich noticed it, he's been reporting on this guy for a long time, so he probably knows of said calling card, or was able to see the gasoline marks and figured that's what it was.
      • Just prior to throwing his cigarette, Urich visibly sniffs the air. I can only assume this was meant to indicate that he smelled whatever accelerant was used.
  • Questions that were running through my head while watching this movie: Matt's superpower is massively heightened senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste. How does this translate into the ability to perform ridiculous feats of acrobatics and martial arts without any prior training in order to scare away the school bullies? And if Matt's ears are so sensitive that he has to sleep in a sensory deprivation tank and a passing train incapacitates him, how come he blasts Nickelback at full volume while he's getting ready for work? And why is it that he can detect minute changes in temperature and hear police radios blocks away, and yet he has to bang a railing in order to determine whereabouts on an empty subway platform his mark is hiding? Should he be able to hear the guy's heartbeat? Inconsistency, much? And why does Matt have to loudly display his weakness by screaming and clutching his head at every single loud noise?
    • As for the last one, you think that's something he chooses to do? He's in pain, and having a natural, reflexive reaction to that pain. You might as well ask, "Why does that sissy have to loudly go on about it every time he breaks his fingers?"
      • It doesn't make sense. He's bothered by some loud noises to the point of yelling about it, yet he's perfectly fine with other loud noises.
    • It's less that he can't stand certain noises and more that he isn't expecting them. I can prevent myself from even flinching when getting a vaccination shot, but if you poked me with a hairpin without me seeing you coming, I'm going to jump five feet and scream like a little girl. Involuntary reactions.
    • It wasn't Nickleback, it was Seether.
    • DD's senses are enhanced to the point where he can read people and predict their actions and they're strong enough to factor into his reflexes. Regarding his sensitivity to sound, it depends on the situation. Even people with normal hearing can have trouble sleeping if theres a tap dripping in the house, imagine that amplified. Regarding him blasting music comfortably while being incapacitated by the sound of a train, music is music and generally people can tolerate loud music more than other loud noises. He also needs the loud music to 'see' what hes doing in the morning, so he has to put up with it. He can detect minute changes in temperature because his sense of touch is amplified, he can hear a police radio from a long distance because his hearing is amplified. However, if hes in an empty hallway with no noise he has to bang on something so he can follow the vibrations and get a clear reading of the room (sounds from blocks away, though audible to him, wouldn't be strong enough to paint a clear picture of his surroundings). And he grabs yells because hes in pain and he grabs his head to cover his ears.
    • All of Matt's senses (other than his destroyed sight) are enhanced. Including his sense of balance. He demonstrates that several times. He basically has a perfect sense of balance, which when he trains up athletically and combines it with his other enhanced senses, allows him to pull off the neat acrobatic tricks.
  • Okay, so, under what circumstances is a highly trained ninja (Elektra) being beaten by some Irish barfly (Bullseye) supposed to be plausible (I'm talking movieverse, in case that wasn't clear)?
    • I don't think The Kingpin, the dude who's running New York City from the shadows, would hire someone who's just some Irish barfly. The guy is a hired killer and he kills for a living and apparently for fun. I'm pretty sure that if you're doing something you enjoy for a living that you're also REALLY good at it. Granted, Elektra is a highly trained ninja, but who said Bullseye isn't a highly trained assassin?
      • Allow me to elaborate: Since when does "throw things really good" translate to "hand to hand combat skills"? Look at the scene where he fights Elektra— dude has less finesse than Matt's dad did, for cripes sake.
      • You don't need finesse to be an expert fighter, and at no point does anyone say "throwing things" is his only skill. It may be his best skill, yes, but Kingpin would have to be an idiot to think someone who could chuck paperclips like a mofo could take on a night-prowling pseudo-ninja. Besides, the only pieces of evidence we have that Elektra is a highly-trained fighter are:
    1. Her fight with a blind guy who was just having fun with her
    2. Her fight with a bunch of sandbags (wow, way to show off there)
    3. Her fight with a blind guy who really wanted to avoid hurting her
  • Why didn't Bullseye kill the priest? He's never before shown hesitance toward the killing of innocent bystanders, and this one could give testimony to the police that would be potentially problematic for both him and his employer.
    • This along with the confusion about what makes Bullseye so dangerous is what bothers me about this movie; you have to know too much about the character as he is not properly developed during the movie itself. Bullsete IS a trained assassin, who just happens to have a downright superhuman ability to pinpoint throw things, hence his name. He NEVER misses and it's suspected that he can't even miss on purpose, but that's not the only way he kills people— it's just his favorite since he derives actual physical pleasure from doing it (he is crazy after all). Daredevil is just a notch below but can also predict the trajectory of whatever missile Bullseye is throwing and make him miss. Never shown in the movie itself, however; whenever they confront each other, it gets down to physical fights that usually end up in a draw. In fact, comic-book Bullseye chose Daredevil as a nemesis precisely because of this, and would replace Hawkeye as a Dark Avenger because even though he is not an archer, he can equal Hawkeye's unerring aim. "Why didn't he kill the priest?" He would be the only witness to the fact that Bullseye was to kill Daredevil with his skills alone, and he's a psychotic sociopath who's full of himself.
    • About Bullseye showing no remorse about killing innocent people, they may had been innocent, but the first guy he kills refused to honor a bet. Bullseye didn't cheat the dart game, he is just that good. The old lady on the plane was being a bother (realistically, a sane person might have wanted to kill her, but wouldn't because of moral constraints Bullseye doesn't have) and he has the skill to make it look like an accident; and the final two he kills on screen were: a target he was hired to kill; his job; and an opponent on a similar level as him. The priest was no threat to him.
    • Maybe he meant to kill Daredevil early, then finish off the priest later.
    • Chaotic Evil characters are unpredictable.
      • It's possible that the only reason he gave the priest a chance to escape was because of upbringing. It's possible that he was raised to show at least some deference to Catholic priests, and even if he has grown up to be an Axe Crazy killer, old habits die hard. At the very least, like the above troper said, Chaotic Evil characters are...well...unpredictable.
    • It's possibly counting on you to be familiar with certain stereotypes about Irish people, less than being familiar with Bullseye specifically. Irish Catholic is kind of a big deal, y'know. Also a bad guy being perfectly okay with killing normal people but not members of the clergy and whatnot is one of the more common varieties of Even Evil Has Standards.
  • Elektra spends the movie fully and properly dressed. I find this rather improbable, given that she has the cognitive abilities of a rock with a head injury. Being that she plainly sees Bullseye kill her father (and even if she didn't, the fact that he's killed by a flying baton implies that the guy whose entire schtick is throwing things at people *probably* had something to do with it...), her decision to try and take revenge on Daredevil for the whole thing paints her as someone who really shouldn't be able to leave the house without wearing her underwear on her head and her shoes on her ears. What I'm saying is, the movie doesn't even acknowledge the mind-boggling stupidity of this logic. Daredevil doesn't even try to explain why her trying to kill him is completely outlandish. The movie treats it like a logical and completely believable misunderstanding.
    • Horribly insulting exaggeration aside, you're forgetting a LOT of key details. She was just in the middle of a car crash. She was in shock. Right before, she saw Daredevil following them. It was Daredevil's weapon. She saw him diving to the side, and then his weapon flying from his arm. There was an explosion, and she had no idea there was anyone else there besides her, her father, Daredevil, and the dead bodyguards. She didn't even know of or see Bullseye at the scene, and wouldn't know anything about his perfect aim. It's really not that hard to believe she would think he did it since there's certainly a large degree of evidence to make you believe it (and the police themselves seem to think he did it too).
      • No doubt that's what the script intended. But the scene that was actually filmed quite clearly shows her witnessing Bullseye throwing the baton. It's also strongly implied that she saw Bullseye rushing at the car and throwing the shurikens through the windshield. There's simply no way to rationalize her blaming Daredevil for any of this.
  • Where did Matt Murdock get all of his supplies? He has a secret room in his apartment filled with multiple costumes and weapons. Did he make them all himself? Also, how did he get a sensory deprivation tank? That must have cost a great deal of money to buy and install, and considering how many pro-bono law cases he takes, Matt may not have a lot of cash. Oh, well, MST3K Mantra...
    • His dad was a prize winning boxer who won a championship after a long winning streak. Its possible his dad got quite a bit of money that was made into a trust fund for him, and along with life insurance, he probably made enough money to support a modest living and his night time activities.
    • Plus, y'know, he's a lawyer? Yeah, he's not exactly a high-profile, $3000 suit type lawyer due to all the scruples, but he may still have several rather profitable clients that he mostly does things like legal document work for or managing their wills and estates. He probably just channels most of the money he makes from his few wealthy clients into his "side projects."

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