By Mike Attersall

With comic book heroes becoming big screen hits, it might be easy to say that this fad will soon wear out just like all others. But the way the movies keep improving, this fad may be here to stay.

Films such as X-Men and Spiderman have had such great success, it’s no wonder Marvel was willing to release another hit based on one of their comic book series.

Daredevil is the latest in the saga and debuts on Valentine’s Day. Directed by Mark Steven Johnson, the film stars Ben Affleck as Daredevil/Matt Murdock, Jennifer Garner as Elektra Natchios, Michael Clarke Duncan as the Kingpin/Wilson Fisk, and Colin Farrell as Bullseye.

With such a talented cast, the film did not fall short of expectations. Farrell and Affleck both showed excellent chemistry with their co-stars who were all convincing in their roles. Even though the character ‘Kingpin’ has always been drawn as a white male, Duncan fills the role like no one else; his size, voice, and presence create an impressive villian.

Johnson did an excellent job telling the story and was very creative in showing how Daredevil’s acute senses gave him sight despite being blind. The film was done with a darker edge compared to the last two Marvel films, giving it a gothic feel similar to the two first Batman movies.

For anyone who is a fan of these recent comic book takes, Daredevil will not disappoint. Because of all the computer animation being done in films and its quality in Daredevil, it’s hard to tell when it comes into play. The film is as believable as you get, and is still worth seeing even for those who are not familiar with the character.

This may be the best superhero flick to date, and it will be interesting to see how it stands up to The Hulk.