Matt Murdock : DAREDEVIL - "The Man Without Fear" featurette

Matt Murdock : DAREDEVIL - "The Man Without Fear" featurette Matt Murdock : DAREDEVIL - "The Man Without Fear" featurette

“The key to change... is to let go of fear.” --Rosanne Cash
Know your CBM Character - DAREDEVIL. This feature answers the questions - Who he is? What are his abilities? What are the changes he underwent? Who has portrayed him in Comic Book Movies?

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By PollMaster - Apr 05, 2011 06:04 AM EST
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Source: DCMU

DAREDEVIL is Matt Murdock, blinded by radioactive waste when he was young, the same radioactive materials heightened his other remaining senses. He grew up a successful defense attorney, but at nights he clad himself in red and prowls the rooftops of Hell's Kitchen as its guardian devil.

DAREDEVIL was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, with inputs from Jack Kirby. His first appearance was in DAREDEVIL #1 (April 1964).

What are his powers and abilities?
Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.

Superhuman Senses: DAREDEVIL has superhuman senses of smell, taste, touch, balance, and hearing.

Radar Sense: DAREDEVIL can also sense the proximity and arrangement of objects about himself.

Telepathy: Due to training with a master warrior of the Chaste, known only as Stick, DAREDEVIL has displayed minor telepathic abilities.

Gifted Intellect: Matt has a high IQ; he's an accomplished strategist as well as an expert in interrogation, disguise, medicine, science and detective work.

Expert Detective: DAREDEVIL has shown to be an expert detective using his intellect to figure out complex problems and hyper-senses to find clues and evidence to crime scenes.

Expert Tracker: With the aide of his hyper-senses Matt is able to track objects and people from miles away with ease.

Interrogation Expert: Matt uses many different interrogation methods to extract information from criminals. His knowledge of criminology and torture is unerring and often overwhelming.

Professional Lawyer: He is a skilled lawyer, specializing in criminal justice.

Master Acrobat: DAREDEVIL is classed superb-Olympic athlete, gymnast, acrobat, and aerialist due to constant training and exercise. His reflexes and agility are equally remarkable and are on par with the finest human athletes.

Weapons Proficiency: DAREDEVIL is proficient in wielding various different weapons, but prefers his billy club.

Expert Marksman: He is very accurate in throwing projectile like weaponries.

Expert Stick Fighter: Matt is an expert in wielding all types of stick weapons which range to staffs, batons, nunchaku, and paired eskrima sticks.

Master Martial Artist: DAREDEVIL has also been trained in the ninja arts by Stick, DAREDEVIL's fighting style blends American-style Boxing, Ninjutsu, Judo, Aikijujutsu toshin-do, taekwondo, capoeira and wushu, most notably Stick Fighting with his acrobatic ability.

What are the changes he underwent?

1. 1st appearance
DAREDEVIL debuted in DAREDEVIL #1 (April 1964). The character's original costume design was a combination of black, yellow, and red, reminiscent of acrobat tights. He only had one D as a logo on his chest for the first 4 issues, on the 5th issued of December of '64 it became the more familiar DD logo.

2. Red
A year after his first appearance in DAREDEVIL #7 (April 1965). Matt Murdock dropped the bright yellow of his costume and went for a blood red hue. He maintained the principal design of his previous costume. This red costume becomes his standard uniform, the iconic DAREDEVIL look.

3. Armor
We are back in the 90s again my friends (if you've been following my articles, or a geek since then you would have an idea what you are in for). It was in '93s Fall From Grace storyline that DAREDEVIL gets beaten up badly by his villains. He then decided that he needs a new more protected costume. Using biometric materials and a small amount of adamantium, he makes a new Red & Black protective armored costume. But by issue DAREDEVIL #344 the suit got torn and DAREDEVIL was back in his red threads.

4. Ninja outfit
During the limited series DAREDEVIL : Man Without Fear (1993), which is a retelling of DAREDEVIL's origin he briefly wore a ninja-esque costume prior to using the name DAREDEVIL. The costume consisted of sweat suit, a bandana and a cane.

5. Flying Blind
In 1998 DAREDEVIL issues #376-379. In Flying Blind, DAREDEVIL went undercover as a S.H.I.E.L.D spy but woke up in France with no memory of who he is (call Jason Bourne he wants his life story back). He knows he is in some sort of a mission and is compelled to don tights and fight crime. The costume he wore shows his complete face and has a billy-club holster on his chest. Eventually he will regain his memory.

6. Secret War
During 2005's Secret War event a small group of heroes had a secret mission in Latveria, all of the heroes on that mission wore modified costumes, this included DAREDEVIL. The costume retains DAREDEVIL silhouette with some elements harkening back to his armor costume like the chin guard, his color scheme is also modified with black added to his purely red regular costume and he now sports a small stylized DD symbol on his left chest rather than the large logo emblazoned on the middle.

7. Father
Also in '05 was the DAREDEVIL: Father limited series. We see DAREDEVIL, fighting a super-powered street gang, in a kendo outfit complete with a katana and a motorcycle (this is what makes comics good).

8. Captain Universe
In January of 2006, we see DAREDEVIL with the powers of Captain Universe. Matt got his sight back when he has the Captain Universe powers bestowed upon him but has to give them up again in his battle with AIM and his quest to help the struggling cosmic entity.

9. Shadowland
In the Shadowland storyline DAREDEVIL was possessed by a demon known as ’The Beast’. DAREDEVIL wore a new Black costume to reflect the dark times he is undergoing. But after the event and the demon exorcise out of him, he returned to his red costume.

DAREDEVIL in Live Media
1. Rex Smith
DAREDEVIL first live adaptation was in the 1989 television movie, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk. DAREDEVIL's alter-ego Matt Murdock is helping to prove Hulk's alter ego Bruce Banner's innocence. DAREDEVIL's origin in this version involves Murdock being inspired by a police officer to become a hero. DAREDEVIL's costume here looks similar to the black outfit pre-DAREDEVIL ninja outfit in DAREDEVIL: Man Without Fear limited series, but the show predates iit by 4 years.

2. Ben Affleck
A DAREDEVIL movie was released In 2003 and starred Ben Affleck starred as the titular character. Matt Murdock had a cameo in 2005 Elektra movie but the scene was deleted, it was later included in the Director's Cut. (I hope someone out there could post these cameo here).

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This is the 13th article in my Know Your CBM Character series. Any requests and suggestions for an article for this series write it down in the comment section BELOW.

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Note: Any error in the article above, if any, just blame it on my age, humanity and ignorance. Just be sure to check the comment section for the corrections, any error I made will surely be pointed out and corrected by much bigger geeks (because there will always be a bigger geek out there).

-This has been PollMaster inviting you to the geekside.

And to those who have read until this part you get a quadruple high-5 from the actors of 1975's failed DAREDEVIL & Black Widow TV show.
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RyanLantern77 - 4/5/2011, 6:21 AM
Great article on one of my favorite characters!
SageMode - 4/5/2011, 6:28 AM
I actually like his Armor costume while everybody else was bashing it. His Secret War outfit was awesome also. great article, man
marvel72 - 4/5/2011, 6:29 AM
another good featurette,keep them coming mate.

i'm gonna have to pick up the ed brubaker run of daredevil.

howabout doing venom,ghost rider,cyclops,deadpool or nova any of them would be cool.
MarkCassidy - 4/5/2011, 6:31 AM
Great stuff Pollmaster. Daredevil is awesome.

But I haven't read any of Shadowland yet. Is this "Beast" the same one that Elektra faced in Frank Miller's Elekta: Asassin?
Rodimus9 - 4/5/2011, 6:39 AM
Not a fan of DD. The whole blind hero that kicks as$ seems cheesy. Good article anyway!!

How about one on silver surfer?
Drewsterville - 4/5/2011, 6:45 AM
RorMachine, I just read the whole shadowland series, and yuppers same "Beast" It was a pretty good story. But theres better Daredevil out there! :)
thewanderer - 4/5/2011, 6:46 AM
The 2003 DareDevil movie is probably the most underrated of Marvel's films.
Ryden - 4/5/2011, 6:48 AM
I love Daredevil, and I honestly thought the Ben Affleck movie wasn't that had it's cheesey moments (fighting in the park) but I liked the overall feel of the film.
xbigvmanx - 4/5/2011, 6:53 AM
Matt Damon would of been a good DD. I just thought the director sucked or took the translation to comicbook too literally
thewanderer - 4/5/2011, 6:56 AM
The 2003 DareDevil movie is probably the most underrated of Marvel's films.
nuck82 - 4/5/2011, 6:59 AM
sweet, cyclcops, cyclops,cyclops,cyclops,cyclcops...

i think i need to pick up some old DD books
soundwave129 - 4/5/2011, 7:07 AM
Hurry up and do Cyclops!
Digitaria51 - 4/5/2011, 7:11 AM
@thewanderer you are out of your f*cking mind! HAHAHAHA!

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MarkCassidy - 4/5/2011, 7:39 AM
Nuck, I'll do Cyclops for ya!..

"Cyclops, or Scott Summers, is the douchebag leader of the X-Men. He is very powerful and can level mountains with his optic blast, but is such a whiney, self pitying dick that he rarely, if ever, trusts himself to use it properly. He follows every order without question and would be a great addition to any clean cut organization of fascists. Oh, and he is a great battle strategist"

RyanLantern77 - 4/5/2011, 7:41 AM
nuck82 - 4/5/2011, 7:49 AM
well ror you kinda got it right on the nose there buddy lol, but he gives orders, doesnt take them : P .....

oh and you forgot he gets all the hottest ladies in marvel, and makes wolverine his [female dog] now
DeanVanHalen - 4/5/2011, 7:49 AM
@Digitaria, the Directors Cut of the film isn't that bad tbf, it has a much improved storyline and works better as a movie

But we're still stuck with the fight in the park and the bad acting from Affleck and Garner, but it doesn't suck as hard as everyone claims
Swanky - 4/5/2011, 8:04 AM
All the X-men are a self pitying whiney dysfunctional lot. That's why we love them so.

CYKE 4 LIFE !!!!!!
Swanky - 4/5/2011, 8:08 AM
@ Dark

Bastard :p
Rodimus9 - 4/5/2011, 9:05 AM
Darkmatter@ yeah, but I find him cheesy. Maybe it was the movie, because I've only read a couple DD comics.
jonedc - 4/5/2011, 9:10 AM
This guy should play Matt Murdock...
BlackSands - 4/5/2011, 9:12 AM
I liked the Director's Cut version of DD... it was loads better than what was shown in the theaters and explained the few plot holes the theatrical version had that didn't make sense. The park fight, while kinda cheesy and a dead giveaway that he was DD could have been left out... but story-wise, it had a bit of sense keeping it in.

To be honest the fixed version of the DD via Director's Cut was a good movie - the fight scene with Bullseye at the end was of a decent length that is sometimes missing in CBMs - remember how short the end fight scene was in IM2? I sympathize with Affleck though as I noticed they made the suit a bit too tight for him, especially around the neck area - so much so, that it WAS kinda choking him in some of the scenes where he had it closed. The suit itself wasn't bad, it was functional and "realistic" - like a modified red Kevlar motorcycle riding suit, in fact, it probably was.

Great article BTW...
superpooper - 4/5/2011, 10:01 AM
Great article dude. My only critique is that you might want to spend a little more time proof reading before you submit. You're grammar and your spelling is a little off in places, and sometimes it doesn't read that well. That's okay in a comment section but doesn't look good if you want to make a recurring article. Maybe you're rushing a little bit? But in any case, it's good you're doing these.
Gutts81 - 4/5/2011, 10:08 AM
Great article!!! I never knew DD wore a kendo outfit(NICE!) and also had the captian universe powers at any time. THANKS!!
Hellsing - 4/5/2011, 10:42 AM
I loved his kendo costume in the Father series and kinda wish they stuck with the secret wars costume too. But great article how about one on Iron Fist or Dick Grayson the man wonder.
cfho83 - 4/5/2011, 10:45 AM
@ pollmaster, hey do these two characters..taskmaster and bullseye, i feel that its now time for taskmaster to step into the light, he is one of the deadliest men in marvel, and he has had his hand in training some of the most dangerous badguys, and he is like 1 of 3 ppl in the marvel universe that can make woverine, captain american, and deadpool in a fight. pls introduce him to these guys. he's awesome. at first it seemed like he had a power, then it comes to find out he didn't have powers, then switches around again that was an injection by shield, this man's past,present, and future is really interesting, and he's a great character known by all of the marvel heroes. and they try to avoid him if all possible.
Bullseye because he is a bad ass without any powers only the ability to use any throwing projectile as a weapon. most of the fans think that he is fodder, but they don't know that he has never lost a fight only to daredevil, and that lost made him go insane. and the movie version of him is awesome, resparked my interest in him.
@ the wanderer, that movie was pretty good, they aired the directors cut on t.v. and it was a totally different movie, and it was great, it filled in the gaps. explained more, it was badly me, it was wayyy better than thomas janes version of punisher, but not ray stevenson's . but ppl aren't going to take a dd movie seriously u have to understand, its mainly because its a blind guy that can do more than ppl with sight, which i don't see a problem with. stan lee created these characters and thought them out. his characters feel down to earth. but dd is a street-level hero, so guys that like big time heroes won't take him in easily.
good job pollmaster
drykillogic22 - 4/5/2011, 3:39 PM
Really Diggin the Articles, Plz keep'em comin..They are quite logical...Soundtrack entry here..

marvelwienr - 4/5/2011, 4:06 PM
THX pollmaster!!! :D you're awesome dude! cant wait for the next DD movie to come out. i pray to god they do it right. like NO cheesy park fight scenes but honestly i did enjoy the movie all those years ago in 8th grade.

@any looking for good DD. read the bendis run and the brubaker run. then you will fall in love with DD
bizzarro - 4/5/2011, 4:20 PM
bizzarro - 4/5/2011, 4:20 PM
KEROSENE - 4/5/2011, 5:14 PM
could you possibly do martian manhunter?
thecomicdude23 - 4/5/2011, 9:14 PM
Your a Filipino? I didn't know that, but I'm a Filipino too. And please feature more DC characters like Robin. Oh please do Robin
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