Supposedly the Daredevil Director's Cut is a halfway OK movie. I haven't seen it for myself, but that's what I've been told.
It's certainly better than the theatrical version, but it still contains the playground scene, unfortunately. Upside is it fleshes out his origin a bit, the relationship with his father, his Catholicism, & the best thing it does is reduce Elektra to a supporting character. Also, its rated R, so the fights are longer & bloodier.
Kingpin still sucks though. Sorry Michael Clark Duncan, while physically imposing he's not a very good actor. Colin Farrel is a good actor, but he seemed to phone this one in.
I don't mind Elektra. I mind the way they wrote Elektra.
And yeah, at no point did Kingpin strike me as someone who could rule all the organized crime in the city. Big muscles is not a big brain. I haven't seen enough of Farrel to rule on him, but that was a terrible performance. But how many lines did he even have
? It was pathetic. He only existed as a mechanism to get Daredevil to the Kingpin, and it showed. Painfully.
The movie had some scenes that were fine. But they were typically ruined by cinematography and editing that just weren't quite good enough. The cafe scene, for instance. That was a good scene, from a writing perspective. But it just wasn't well edited or shot. Well, scratch out the horrible "I smell perfume" bit. The rest was good.
But writing? It does a lot to establish his character - quietly playful - it shows his tactical ability. The mustard bit promises some comedic relief in either outcome. It breaks the awkward "Oh yeah, I'm blind" ice that had
to come eventually, and does it quickly, awkwardly, humorously, and then lets it go so we can move on. And both Aflek and Garner's acting was perfectly acceptable for the situation for most of it.
Of course, they followed it with the playground scene that made no sense, established no ones characters, and was all around confusing...
But the rest of the movie? The father/daughter stuff that was shoe-horned in, the random blame-Daredevil stuff, wondering how Kingpin ever actually fits in, the weird flash romance... They were too hesitant to take the long view of things in the movie, and they shouldn't have been. You're already telling his origin through flashbacks. We don't need to see the romance between them blossom. Give us the cafe scene in a flashback, and then flash back to the present, in the future, where you've been investigating her father for months or something.