Trivia / Daredevil

The comic:

  • Development Hell: Daredevil: End of Days, a miniseries depicting the hypothetical deaths of Daredevil and his "biggest secret", was in development since at least 2009. Thankfully, the series is finally being released starting late 2012.
  • Name's the Same: There was a superhero called "Daredevil" back in the golden age, but he's been largely forgotten since, falling into the public domain. Though Matt's Mutant X counterpart's costume pays homage to the Golden Age character.
  • Saved By The Network: The title had been faltering since Marv Wolfman left the title. By the time Frank Miller had become penciler, sales were getting so bad that other executives advised Jim Shooter to cancel it. Shooter disagreed, having (correctly) guessed that Miller would revive interest in the title.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to Shooter, Miller wanted to quit the title shortly after becoming penciler due to his dissatisfaction with then-writer Roger McKenzie. Shooter managed to talk him out of it, and editor Denny O'Neil later promoted Miller to writer.
    • The Owl was going to be the main villain of X-Factor, and there were clues planted towards it, until Apocalypse was created for that role.
    • Before the Netflix show, there had been several attempts at a Daredevil TV show. In the 70's there was a pitch for a live-action series starring Daredevil and Black Widow, but it wasn't picked up. In 1985, ABC was on board to air to air an animated series featuring Daredevil and a guide dog named Lightning, but a dispute with someone at Marvel led to it being dropped. In 1999, Fox Kids was approached about an animated series, but it was pushed back to air alongside a potential live-action movie that was never made.
    • A Daredevil video game was being developed in 2004 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Initially featuring a series of fight scene vignettes emulating the comic stories, the game was reworked as a Wide Open Sandbox game to take advantage of Daredevil's radar abilities, then was reworked as a level based game where the radar abilities became more useless in the game's narrower environments. The game was cancelled, along with an Elektra game planned as a followup.

The film:

  • Ability over Appearance: The Kingpin, traditionally a large, bald white man, was played by Michael Clarke Duncan. He was the best actor with the size that they could find, and even then, he had to gain some weight and wear padding for the role. Ironically, the Kingpin was originally supposed to be black in the comics, but an editor thought it would be racist to have a black villain. This carried over into the short-lived Mainframe animated Spider-Man: The New Animated Series series on MTV, to the point of actually having Michael Clarke Duncan voice the character. Incidentally the most famous Kingpin before that, Roscoe Lee Browne of Spider-Man: The Animated Series was also black.
  • Banned in China: The movie was banned in Malaysia for violence.
  • Casting Gag: Ryuzaburo Otomo, who voiced Kingpin in the Japanese dub, previously played a Cigar Chomper crime syndicate leader, except the last time he was one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Stan Lee disliked the film, because he felt the film was "too tragic" and didn't follow how he wrote Daredevil. It should be noted though, that the film was taking inspiration from Frank Miller's influential run instead of Stan's.
  • DVD Bonus Content: Features the standard extra features, such as a director's commentary and other behind the scenes features but one of the unique features at the time of release was an Audio Description track for visually impaired people. Several cast and crew members insisted on it.
  • Executive Meddling: Why the theatrical version was met with a mixed reaction, but the director's cut was more warmly received. Fox smelled potential spin-off with Elektra, so an entire subplot concerning Matt Murdock's "lawyer by day" persona (with his case eventually leading him to the Kingpin) was removed completely. His internal struggle with his vigilante justice clashing with his faith additionally take a backseat to increased screen time for Elektra and their love angle, and the film cut down on the intended Darker and Edgier tone. As a result upon its release, Daredevil nearly became the first film to not cross the $100 million domestic barrier after a $40 million opening, and Elektra completely tanked. Thankfully, the director's cut Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
    • A different form occurred on the DVD release, where both the cast and crew insisted that an Audio Description be included, making it one of the first films to do so.
  • Fake Nationality: The Greek-American Elektra Natchios is played by very not-Greek Jennifer Garner.
  • Old Shame:
    • Ben Affleck does not look back on this experience fondly. Although he was an avid fan of the original comics, he hated how the final product turned out. He also stated that wearing a costume was "a source of humiliation". Considering he's taking up Batman's cape and cowl, though, it may have been the backlash from the Hollywood Hype Machine more than anything.
    • Averted with Writer/Director Mark Steven Johnson - you would expect him to dislike the theatrical cut of the film due to Executive Meddling that left an entire subplot on the cutting room floor, but on the Daredevil: Director's Cut DVD, he states that whilst he likes some of the scenes added to the theatrical cut, he feels the Director's Cut was a superior film due to keeping various elements cut from the original release.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Ben Affleck was reportedly a fan of the Daredevil comics as a kid and wrote the foreword for the collection of Daredevil issues his buddy Kevin Smith wrote.
  • Romance on the Set: Ben Affleck was still involved with Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Garner with Scott Foley at the time, but after those relationships ended, Affleck and Garner became married with children for ten years.
  • Scully Box: Used on Michael Clarke Duncan of all people. While he is every bit as imposing as his comics counterpart at 6'5", They still had to make him appear more imposing when next to Ben Affleck, who stands at 6'4". Helped by the fact that Duncan is far more muscular than Affleck, making him seem bigger.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Notice all of the Nu Metal peppering the film's soundtrack? And all the Hellbent For Leather?
  • What Could Have Been: The director's cut was intended to be included on the original DVD release, but ultimately the idea was dropped due to lack of disc space.