Written by: Mark Fergus, Matt Holloway, Art Marcum & Hawk Ostby, based on characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck & Larry Lieber
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Farin Tahir.
Review: We dared to hope, and finally, our hopes were not dashed to wailing bits on the rocks of despair, emptiness, and horrible dialogue. Downey nails the role of Stark like the daunting awesomeness of his Jericho missile. They don’t skimp on the action either, as we get everything from shoulder mounted selective fire headshots, to a good old fashioned robotic uppercut which connects with a most satisfying metallic clunk. I chortled with glee through most of this, if that tells you anything.
Time: 23 seconds
Written by: Brian Helgeland & Mark Steven Johnson, based on characters created by Bill Everett, Stan Lee & Frank Miller
Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson
Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jon Favreau
My Advice: Wait for cable.
Matt Murdock (in the older version, played by Affleck) was a good kid. His dad, Jack (David Keith), is a mildly washed up boxer who doesn’t want it to be known to his son that he’s working for a local hood. When an accident blinds Matt, Jack decides to straighten up and start kicking ass again–a decision that ultimately leaves Matt alone. But he’s not really alone–and he’s not really blind, of a sort. You see, what blinded him was some biohazardous goop that also jacked up his other senses like you wouldn’t believe. He’s able to, with his other four senses, create a picture of the world around him that enables him to be even better than before. He decides to put on some tights (and a dog collar, apparently) and go out into the world and kick ass–as Daredevil.