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Back in 2003, Ben Affleck's career had hit an all-time low. In addition to starring in the near-unanimously panned Gigli, he starred in Daredevil. The initial theatrical version received a middling response from critics and an even worse response from audiences. At the time, audiences were quick to criticize Affleck based on his reputation and declared the film a massive disappointment.

A promotional image from 2003.
A promotional image from 2003.

More than a decade later, the man without fear is returning in a live-action Netflix series set for release this April. With the production of Daredevil already underway, executive producer Steven S. DeKnight recently took to Twitter to respond to fans' comments. One of these comments gave DeKnight a chance to express his opinion on Affleck's 2003 performance.

Steven DeKnight is known by television fans as the creator of the Spartacus series on the Starz network, a show that shattered several records for the network. After replacing Drew Goddard as showrunner, he certainly does have big shoes to fill.

A promotional image for the 2015 series.
A promotional image for the 2015 series.

Interestingly enough, DeKnight's opinion on Affleck's performance directly contrasts with the opinion of Affleck himself. In a recent interview with The Playlist, Affleck cheerfully assured fans that his upcoming performance as Batman in [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) will not be another mistake like Daredevil:

"I understand I'm at a disadvantage with the internet. If I thought the result would be another 'Daredevil,' I'd be out there picketing myself. [laughs] Why would I make the movie if I didn't think it was going to be good and that I could be good in it?"

Unlike DeKnight, Affleck feels that he did the movie on a whim and didn't fully believe that he could portray the character well. Nevertheless, DeKnight and many other comic book fans seem to have lightened up to Daredevil over the years. With the 2004 director's cut receiving a much more enthusiastic reception and even many critics saying that Affleck fits the role just fine (even in the theatrical version), 2003's [Daredevil](movie:47230) may not be as infamous as Affleck thinks.


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