Daredevil (film)

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Daredevil is a 2003 film featuring characters from Marvel comics. A blind man whose other senses are superhumanly acute battles crime as the costumed vigilante Daredevil, the "Man Without Fear".

Directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Screenplay by Mark Steven Johnson.
Starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, and Michael Clarke Duncan.
Tagline: When justice is blind, it knows no fear.

Matt Murdock/Daredevil

  • "I had lost my sight, but I got something back in return. My remaining four senses functioned with superhuman sharpness. But most amazing of all, my sense of sound gave off a kind of radar sense." (as narrator)
  • "High above the city streets, I trained my body and my senses. An acute sense of touch gave me both strength and balance, until the city itself became my playground." (as narrator)
  • "I waited outside the Olympic for my father. In some ways, I'm still waiting. Nobody cared much about the death of a washed-up prizefighter... nobody but me." (as narrator)
  • "I would keep my promise. I would help those that others wouldn't. I would seek justice... one way or another." (as narrator)
  • "Can one man make a difference? There are days when I believe, and others when I have lost all faith."
  • "Mister Quesada, I hope justice is found here today... before justice finds you."
  • "Hey - that light at the end of the tunnel? Guess what? That's not heaven. That's the C train!"
  • "I'm not the bad guy here, kid."
  • "When it rains, it's like there's a rooftop on the world. Each raindrop makes a sound the first time it falls on a surface. Just then, it's like I-I... it's like I can see again. And I-I just want to... I just want to see you."
  • "I tried, Father. I tried. This is who I am."
  • "This one's for you, Dad."
  • "If there are no eyewitnesses — you know, I mean, Bigfoot has eyewitnesses."
  • (sat on a burning pool table) Quesada!... Time to give the Devil his due!
  • Hell’s Kitchen is my neighborhood. I prowl the rooftops and alleyways at night. Watching from the darkness. Forever in darkness. A guardian devil.

Elektra Natchios

  • "My name's Elektra Natchios. Hmm!" (after defeating Matt in martial-arts bout in a park)
  • "Stay with me. Stay."
  • "You should know that the only reason I got dressed up for this thing was that I wanted to look beautiful for you. I wish you could see me tonight."
  • "It's just... good things don't happen to me very often. When they do, I get scared."
  • "You don't know how I feel. I want revenge."
  • "Remember me?" (dressed in leather fighting gear and brandishing a pair of sais.)
  • "I want to look into the eyes of my father's killer as he dies."
  • "He has to pay for what he's done."
  • "I'll find you."


  • "More peanuts, please."
  • "I... missed. I NEVER miss!"
  • "The Devil is mine!"
  • "He... made me... miss."
  • "Hey, orphan - let's play!"
  • "I want a bloody costume!" changed to "I want a fucking costume!" in the directors cut.
  • "You're good, baby, I'll give you that. But me? I'm magic."
  • "'Man without fear' (chuckles) Looks like I found something you're afraid of. Let's bring on the pain! Let's bring on the noise!"
  • (after Daredevil lets a bullet go through both of Bullseye's hands) "My hands! You took away my hands!"
  • (last line of the film) "Mmm... bulls-eye."
  • "First one's a warning...padre"

Wilson Fisk/the Kingpin

  • "I want you to create a paper trail. One that can be traced to Natchios."
  • "The press want a Kingpin, so I'll give them a Kingpin. Get me Bullseye."
  • "Nobody's innocent. Nobody."
  • "I'm just saying goodbye, old friend. Just saying goodbye."
  • "There's an old saying that too much pride can kill a man."
  • "I was raised in the Bronx, Wesley. This is something you wouldn't understand."
  • "It's a shame you came here wounded. I would've loved to fight you in your prime."
  • "Business. That's all it ever is, is business."

Franklin Nelson

  • "There are alligators in the sewers! Don't ride my ass about the alligators. I got a friend in Sanitation, okay? He's seen them!"
  • "She's... hideous. I don't know if its a fungus or some kind of congenital birth defect, but as your attorney in this matter I advise you to take no further action."
  • "As your attorney in this matter, I advise you to marry the woman immediately."
  • "Wilson Fisk is in the HIZZY!"
  • "That place is gonna be crawling with people - rich people! People who pay their legal fees with money, not with fish, or with-with-with wheels of cheese, or with sports supplies! I'm gonna fill you in on a little secret, Matt. This doesn't look like a law office, okay? It looks like the set of goddamn "Sanford and Son". Every time I walk in I'm waiting for Lamont to come down the stairs!"
  • "Look at me, Matt. I'm a 'plus one'. 'Plus ones' don't get anywhere by themselves. They need somebody to bring them. That's why it's 'plus one'."
  • "What happens to that lie-detector of yours when it detects your own bullshit? It must really bury the needle, huh?"
  • "Do you or do you not concede that there are alligators in the sewers? Please answer the question."


  • "You don't hit nothin' but books, get me? You be a doctor or a lawyer. Not like me." ~ Jack Murdock
  • "You can do anything if you're not afraid." ~ Jack Murdock
  • "Go ahead, fight me! I dare ya!" ~ bully
  • "I'm not too crazy about the outfit, either." ~ Father Everett
  • "The truth is, Mister Murdock, is that Miss Sutton enjoyed every minute of it." ~ Jose Quesada
  • "To the justice system, right? Of course I beat it. Kingpin's got my back, bro." ~ Jose Quesada
  • "Matt, it's Heather. Are you there? Of course you're not there. You're never there. At least, not for me. Look, I didn't want to do this over the phone, but it's not like you've given me any choice. I mean, It's been three months, and I've never even seen your apartment. Every time we sleep together, I wake up in the morning alone. I mean, Jesus, where do you go at three o'clock in the morning?" ~ part of "Dear John" message on Matt Murdock's answering machine
  • "This ain't your neighborhood no more! Kitchen belongs to the Kingpin, now!" ~ Thug
  • "New York is not a safe place tonight. That's all you need to know." ~ Nikolas Natchios
  • "What do you want, Urich? Does all this make you happy? Looks like you got your story." ~ Detective Nick Manolis
  • "They say the Kingpin doesn't just kill you, he kills your whole family. I think your girl's in trouble." ~ Ben Urich
  • "You said to look out for anything weird, yes? Well, it's some pretty weird shit right here, man, right?" ~ Kirby, the forensic assistant


(Jack "the Devil" Murdock is visited before a match by the gangster he used to work for.)
Fallon: Jack, it's been a while.
Jack Murdock: I don't work for you no more, Fallon.
Fallon: Jack, you never stopped. Did you really think you won all those fights on your own? You're forty-two years old! Miller, Mack, Bendis — they're all my fighters... just like you. And now it's your turn to take a fall. Think about your boy, Jack. I'm sure you'll do the right thing.

(Reporter Ben Urich arrives at a crime scene.)
Detective Nick Manolis: You're wasting your time, Urich. There's nothing to see here.
Ben Urich (watching EMT's carry a stretcher away): Jose Quesada... (2 more EMT's carry off another stretcher) and the rest of Jose Quesada. Whole lot of nothing, huh, Nick?
Manolis: You keep running those stories and we're gonna end up with a bunch of copycat vigilantes who are gonna get themselves killed.
Urich: Are you here to confirm that Daredevil is responsible for this, Detective?
Manolis: Come on, Urich, stop bustin' my — (breaks off as Urich holds up a tape recorder) There is no proof that your so-called Daredevil was involved, nor that he even exists. Got it?

(A vigilante superhero in the confessional.)
Matt Murdock: Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It's been a week since my last —
Father Everett: What the hell are playing at, Matt? You didn't come here for forgiveness. You came for permission, and I can't give you that.
Matt: Justice isn't a sin, Father.
Father Everett: No, but vengeance is. You see it every day on the street: violence begets more violence. Is that how you want to live your life? A lawyer during the day, and then judge and jury at night. Is that what you want?
Matt: Somebody has to do something.
Father Everett: But why you?
Matt: Because I can. Because I'm not afraid.
Father Everett: Well, I'm afraid for you, Matthew. Look, a man without fear is a man without hope. May God have mercy on you for your sins and grant you Everlasting Life, Amen. (sighs) I'm not too crazy about the outfit, either.

Franklin Nelson: Your client, Mister Lee, he made his first payment today.
Matt Murdock: That's great. You should be very happy.
Franklin: Yeah, it's fantastic. He paid in fluke. Fluke is a fish, Matt. Did you know that? Because I sure as hell didn't.
Matt: Mister Lee is a good man, and he-he doesn't have a lot of money, and he goes fishing on the weekends.
Franklin: Yeah, well, I go salsa dancing on the weekends, but I don't shake my ass to pay my phone bill, you know what I'm sayin'?
Franklin: We need some better clients. I'm tired of these pro bono cases.
Matt: What is your problem with our clients? We have good, honorable clients, decent people. What's your idea of better? Define "better". Huh? What would be a "better" client?
Franklin: "Better" means rich and guilty, okay? Remember how they taught us in law school how to create a moral vacuum, so you can represent people who aren't all necessarily innocent?
Matt: That was your best course, as I recall.
Franklin: Yeah, well, you don't have a moral vacuum, Matt. You're completely vacuumless.

Matt Murdock: Uh, I was just looking for some honey. Could you help me out?
Elektra (without looking up): Right in front of you.
Matt: Well... could you be a little more specific?
Elektra: What, are you —
Matt: Blind? Yeah.
Elektra: Oh, I am so sorry!
Matt: It's okay. (extends a hand) Matt Murdock.
'Elektra: (shakes hands) Nice to meet you, Matt Murdock.
Matt: Nice to meet you, uh... I didn't get your name.
Elektra: I didn't give it. (she exits the coffee shop.)
(Matt follows Elektra, tracking her by scent to a park.)
Elektra: What do you want?
Matt: I just wanted to get your name. I didn't want any trouble.
Elektra: Look — I don't like being followed. So don't. (She turns to storm off.)
Matt: Uh, wait a minute, wait a minute. Wait a second, take it easy! (He catches Elektra's hand.)
Elektra: And I don't like being touched! (She throws a punch; Matt counters and pins her arms.)
Matt: What don't you tell me what you do like, and we'll start there. Okay?
(Elektra throws more punches and kicks, which Matt dodges. The two separate, remove their jackets, and strike martial arts poses.)
Elektra: You sure you're blind?
Matt: Sure you don't wanna tell me your name?
(Later, during a pause in the fighting.)
Matt Murdock: Does every guy have to go through all this just to find out your name?
Elektra: Try asking for my number.

Kingpin: What's wrong, Wesley?
Wesley: Have you seen the papers today? Somebody's been talking.
Kingpin: Somebody always does.

Matt Murdock: Where'd you learn how to fight like that?
Elektra Natchios: My father. He had me study with a different sensei every year since I was five years old.
Matt: Sounds like he wanted to turn you into some kind of a warrior.
Elektra: No. Just not a victim.

Matt Murdock: I said I was sorry. What do you want?
Franklin Nelson: Details. You owe me that.
Matt: Her name's Elektra Natchios.
Franklin: She sounds like a Mexican appetizer.
Matt: It's Greek, genius. Her father's Nikolas Natchios.
Franklin: The billionaire?
Matt: Yeah, see? Yes, the billionaire.
Franklin: Well, then, as your attorney in this matter, I advise you to marry the woman immediately.
Matt: I'll take it under consideration.

(Matt Murdock arrives at his office and is greeted by his secretary.)
Karen Page: This just came by messenger. It's your invitation to the Black and White Ball at the Grand - plus one. (she smiles expectantly)
Franklin Nelson: Plus one? All right! Guess I gotta rent a tux.
Franklin: Natchios owns the Grand Hotel. And Elektra's the reason you were invited to the ball.
Matt: She's out of my league. I'd rather just end it before it starts.
Franklin: That's gotta be some kind of record, Matt. You just completely bypassed the whole relationship phase. You went right into the breakup. Trying to save some time, huh?

(Walking on the street at night, Matt Murdock stops and sniffs the air.)
Matt: So, does this mean you want a rematch?
Elektra: I knew I'd find you. How did you know I wasn't a mugger?
Matt: Muggers don't usually wear rose oil or high heels. At least, this far from Chelsea.
(Matt has taken Elektra onto a rooftop.)
Elektra: Wait a second - exactly how many women have you had up here?
Matt: Uh, you're my first.
Elektra: Good answer.
Matt: I thought that was the right answer.
Elektra: Look at this! It's so beautiful!
Matt: I know. This was my favorite view of the city when I was a kid. I really wanted you to see this.

Ben Urich: Cool color. {commenting on Matt's cane)
Matt: I wouldn't know.

Franklin Nelson: Oh-oh-oh! Look at that! Wilson Fisk is in the hizzie! Come on, we might never get a chance like this again. Come on, let's go! (to Fisk) Mister Fisk? Mister Fisk, it's Franklin Nelson from Nelson and Murdock —
Wesley: Excuse me. You want to talk to Mister Fisk, you make an appointment. Okay?
Wilson Fisk: It's all right, Wesley. (to Nelson) I know who you are. You're the blind lawyers from Hell's Kitchen.
Franklin: Actually, actually he's the blind one. I'm deaf.
Fisk: (chuckles) Give them a card, Wesley. I'm always on the lookout for new blood.
Matt Murdock: I'm sorry, Mister Fisk, my partner's a little overzealous. We can't represent you.
Fisk: Why's that?
Franklin: Yes, why is that, Mister Murdock?
Matt: Because we only handle clients who are innocent.
Fisk: (chuckles) "Innocent", he says. That's pretty funny. You know, I've learned one thing in all my years in this business.
Matt: What's that?
Fisk: Nobody's innocent. Nobody. Have a great time at the party. (Fisk and Wesley exit.)
Franklin: I just... Matt, for one night I just wish, I just... (he spots Elektra, in an evening gown, on the balcony.) Matt, I just wish I could give you my eyes for one night.

(On the dance floor, Elektra reaches up to remove Matt's dark glasses.)
Elektra: Do you mind?
Matt: Uh, no, I just... sometimes it makes people uncomfortable, that's all.
Elektra: Not me. But you should know that the only reason I got dressed up for this thing was that I wanted to look beautiful for you. I wish you could see me tonight.
Matt: Me, too.

(Nikolas Natchios is watching Elektra on the dance floor; Wilson Fisk approaches him from behind.)
Fisk: I think she's happy. I haven't seen her smile like that since her mother died. Poor girl — right in front of her eyes.
Natchios: Why do you have to bring that up now?
Fisk: History has a way of repeating itself.
Natchios: What are you saying?
Fisk: Just saying goodbye, old friend. Just saying goodbye.

(At Nikolas Natchios' funeral.)
Matt: I know how you feel.
Elektra: You don't know how I feel. I want revenge.
Matt: Revenge won't make the pain go away. Trust me. I know.
Elektra: There's no place for me now.
Matt: Yes, there is. Stay. Stay with me. Please.

(Wilson Fisk enters his office to find Bullseye sitting at his desk.)
Fisk: Now how did you get past my security?
Bullseye: Oh, you mean that guy? (chuckling, he points to corpse on the floor.)
Fisk: Was that really necessary?
Bullseye: Necessary? No. It was fun.
Bullseye: The Devil is mine.
Fisk: really? I've heard that before, all too many times. But answer me this: how do you kill a man without fear?
Bullseye: By puttin' the fear in him.
Fisk: Ah — I like that. But first, give Elektra all my best.

Ben Urich: Matt, it's Ben Urich.
Matt Murdock: I know who it is. What do you want?
Urich: I got a lead on my story. I think that Natchios was set up by the real Kingpin.
Matt: Why are you telling me this?
Urich: They say the Kingpin doesn't just kill you. He kills your whole family. I think your girl's in trouble. I thought you might know somebody that could protect her.

(Elektra, armed & suited up in leather, attacks Daredevil intent on murder.)
Daredevil: Stop! It wasn't me! It was a hitman named Bullseye. I didn't kill your father!
Elektra: Liar.

(Father Everett finds Daredevil, badly wounded, in the church; Bullseye enters in pursuit and sends a throwing star into the wall above the Father's head.)
Bullseye: The first one's a warning... padre.
Daredevil: Is there a back door out of here?
Father Everett: Yes.
Daredevil: Take it.
Father Everett: What about you?
Daredevil: I'm gonna finish this.
Father Everett: You can't fight like this, son!
Daredevil: Have faith, Father. Isn't that right?

Bullseye: Fisk was right about you. He said you wouldn't go easy.
Daredevil: Fisk? Fisk is the Kingpin?
Bullseye: Yeah. That whole red rose thing? He loves that shit. It's not my style. He hired me to kill Natchios, and to gut your pretty girlfriend too. But me, I'm going for the hat-trick. I told him I'd do you for free.

Wesley: There's been a problem.
Wilson Fisk: Bullseye failed.
Wesley: Correct.
Fisk: Send the guards home.
Wesley: B-but sir —
Fisk: I was raised in the Bronx, Wesley. This is something you wouldn't understand.

Matt Murdock: You killed the only two people I ever loved. Why?
Wilson Fisk: Business. That's all it ever is, is business. I was working for Fallon at the time. Your father was supposed to throw a fight. And your girl was in the wrong family at the wrong time. It's all business. (long pause) And you've been in my business for too long!
Fisk: You hear that, blind man? Sirens. They're coming for you.
Matt: For me? Didn't you hear? The word's out on the Kingpin. They're coming for you. I can hear the police radios from here.
Fisk: No, no. I swear, I'll tell 'em who you are.
Matt: Yeah? Go ahead. Tell 'em. Tell all the guys at Ryker's all about how you got beat by a blind man. It'll be like blood in the water.


Ben Affleck - Matt Murdock/Daredevil
Jennifer Garner - Elektra Natchios
Colin Farrell - Bullseye
Michael Clarke Duncan - Wilson Fisk/the Kingpin
Jon Favreau - Franklin Nelson
Joe Pantoliano - Ben Urich
David Keith - Jack Murdock
Derrick O'Connor - Father Everett
Leland Orser - Wesley Welch
Lennie Loftin - Detective Nick Manolis
Eric Avari - Nikolaos Natchios
Paul Ben-Victor - Jose Quesada
Scott Terra - young Matt
Mark Margolis - Fallon
Ellen Pompeo - Karen Page
Kevin Smith - Jack Kirby (Forensic assistant)

See also