‘Daredevil’ Star Charlie Cox Explains Why Ben Affleck’s 2003 Movie ‘Didn’t Quite Work’

Netflix’s “Daredevil” may be extremely popular but that popularity was absent when Ben Affleck starred as the hero in the 2003 film of the same name.

In a new interview with the Telegraph, Charlie Cox, who plays Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the hit TV series, offered his opinion as to why he thinks the Affleck-fronted flick didn’t quite work.

Charlie Cox plays ‘Daredevil’ (Photo: Netflix)
Charlie Cox plays ‘Daredevil’ (Photo: Netflix)

The actor told the paper, “I thought Ben Affleck did a great job. I really liked his Matt Murdock. It was in keeping with the characters in the comics.

“The problem with the film was that the best ‘Daredevil’ runs in print are geared toward a slightly more mature audience. He’s not ‘Spider-Man’… not really a teenage superhero. That’s where the film didn’t quite work – it was a little too, dare I say, comic book-y for that character.”

The flick was slammed by critics and made less than $200 million worldwide.

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Cox also agreed with Ethan Hawke’s recent criticism of superhero movies.

Hawke explained back in August, “Now we have the problem that they tell us ‘Logan’ is a great movie.

“Well, it’s a great superhero movie. It still involves people in tights with metal coming out of their hands. It’s not Bresson. It’s not Bergman. But they talk about it like it is,” he told the Film Stage.

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Cox then said: “One of the things that has happened in the last few years is that the movies that typically make lots of money tend to be big franchises.

“That means Marvel movies, DC movies, comic book movies… ‘Harry Potter’. Hollywood makes so many of these big franchises that there isn’t much space — literally cinema space — for smaller independent movies.

“There is a massive appetite for this stuff. I’m one of those people [who loves superhero movies]. I lap it up.”



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