Forbidden Marvels' Daredevil: The Man Without Fear

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Original Release Date:
2015
Original Running Time:
660 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
150 minutes
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Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Lawyer by day, vigilante by night, Matthew Murdock was blinded as a young boy. Without his sight, his other senses became enhanced to superhuman levels. He now uses his abilities to stop criminals in the rough New York neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen. His efforts are not welcomed by Wilson Fisk, a powerful businessman who hides in the shadows.
Intention:
Daredevil Season 1 is an amazing season of television, but it suffers from some of the same issues all of the Marvel Netflix shows do: 13 episode seasons running at 45 minutes each was too long. Filler content had to be added and the pacing of the show was incredibly slow in the first couple of episodes. Over time This edit seeks to make the
Other Sources:
Marvels' Captain America: The Winter Soldier (MCU Phase 2 Opening)
Special Thanks:
Spence - For Approving and Critiquing
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features:
Actor Interviews - Archived
Behind the Scenes Featurettes - Archived
Promotional Material - Archived
Editing Details:
The process began with watching entirely through the Defenders Saga, then Daredevil (2003), and finally, a separate Daredevil Season 1 Fanedit. I then knew what had to be in and what had to be cut. I had found what was essentially the core of Daredevil's spirit and what I had to include for continuity with the other seasons of Daredevil and the lead up to Defenders. I separated the season's episodes into a 3 act structure and began whittling away until I had a single story without filler. Revision after revision followed until this perhaps complete version of the film was finished. This journey began in 2019 and fully ended in 2021 with this version.
Cuts and Additions:
All shots cropped to 2.39:1 (1920x800)
Title graphic added the end of the intro scene.
Added Marvel Studios intro sourced from Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Opening Credit sequence recycled as Mid-Credit sequence.
Day scenes are all recolored to have a more natural look.
Every scene featured has dialogue trimmed in order to remove details from scenes not featured and/or save time.
Jack Murdock's "Get to work Matty" flashback replaced with Jack and Matt saying "It doesn't Matter How you Hit the Mat..."
Cut fade transition after action sequence.
Dialogue trimmed in argument between Ben Urich and Ellison.
Plot details from episodes 3, 4, and 8 mostly covered in action montage.
Claire is no longer a named character in this edit, she appears once and has no play in the plot.
Russian's subtitles re-implemented for wide-screen (Font is close, but not identical to the original)
Touch My Face scene trimmed.
Vladimir is no longer shot in the leg.
Leslie Shumway story cut.
Detective Blake does not survive the shooting in Episode 6.
Black Sky plot-line removed. Stick only appears in flashbacks and at the end.
All mentions of Daredevil assaulting Leland Owsley removed.
Bill Fisk's murder is only implicitly mentioned.
Training Scene from Episode 1 reworked into montage covering final plot-points before Act 3.
Fisk's arrest scene combined with Samaritan monologue.
Vanessa's involvement in Fisk's escape removed.
Avengers Tower added to the end of the Cut
Subtitles added to credit sequence in the likeness of the original in order to supplement the cropping process.
"The Man Without Fear" Appears at the end of the credits in sync with the heartbeats.
Mid-Credit Scene from the end of Episode 8.
Trailer

Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Genre:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2015
Original Running Time:
660 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
150 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Lawyer by day, vigilante by night, Matthew Murdock was blinded as a young boy. Without his sight, his other senses became enhanced to superhuman levels. He now uses his abilities to stop criminals in the rough New York neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen. His efforts are not welcomed by Wilson Fisk, a powerful businessman who hides in the shadows.
Intention:
Daredevil Season 1 is an amazing season of television, but it suffers from some of the same issues all of the Marvel Netflix shows do: 13 episode seasons running at 45 minutes each was too long. Filler content had to be added and the pacing of the show was incredibly slow in the first couple of episodes. Over time This edit seeks to make the
Other Sources:
Marvels' Captain America: The Winter Soldier (MCU Phase 2 Opening)
Special Thanks:
Spence - For Approving and Critiquing
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features:
Actor Interviews - Archived
Behind the Scenes Featurettes - Archived
Promotional Material - Archived
Editing Details:
The process began with watching entirely through the Defenders Saga, then Daredevil (2003), and finally, a separate Daredevil Season 1 Fanedit. I then knew what had to be in and what had to be cut. I had found what was essentially the core of Daredevil's spirit and what I had to include for continuity with the other seasons of Daredevil and the lead up to Defenders. I separated the season's episodes into a 3 act structure and began whittling away until I had a single story without filler. Revision after revision followed until this perhaps complete version of the film was finished. This journey began in 2019 and fully ended in 2021 with this version.
Cuts and Additions:
All shots cropped to 2.39:1 (1920x800)
Title graphic added the end of the intro scene.
Added Marvel Studios intro sourced from Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Opening Credit sequence recycled as Mid-Credit sequence.
Day scenes are all recolored to have a more natural look.
Every scene featured has dialogue trimmed in order to remove details from scenes not featured and/or save time.
Jack Murdock's "Get to work Matty" flashback replaced with Jack and Matt saying "It doesn't Matter How you Hit the Mat..."
Cut fade transition after action sequence.
Dialogue trimmed in argument between Ben Urich and Ellison.
Plot details from episodes 3, 4, and 8 mostly covered in action montage.
Claire is no longer a named character in this edit, she appears once and has no play in the plot.
Russian's subtitles re-implemented for wide-screen (Font is close, but not identical to the original)
Touch My Face scene trimmed.
Vladimir is no longer shot in the leg.
Leslie Shumway story cut.
Detective Blake does not survive the shooting in Episode 6.
Black Sky plot-line removed. Stick only appears in flashbacks and at the end.
All mentions of Daredevil assaulting Leland Owsley removed.
Bill Fisk's murder is only implicitly mentioned.
Training Scene from Episode 1 reworked into montage covering final plot-points before Act 3.
Fisk's arrest scene combined with Samaritan monologue.
Vanessa's involvement in Fisk's escape removed.
Avengers Tower added to the end of the Cut
Subtitles added to credit sequence in the likeness of the original in order to supplement the cropping process.
"The Man Without Fear" Appears at the end of the credits in sync with the heartbeats.
Mid-Credit Scene from the end of Episode 8.
Trailer

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This edit takes bold steps in condensing the Netflix tv series into barely fitting a feature length. It does things you may not expect or may consider blasphemous as fans of the show. The hallway fight? Interrupted. Claire? Missing entirely. The Nobu fight? Cut down (punny I know). But all this IS in service of getting the time down, so fanatics, calm down. Do we need extended single camera takes in a shortened version? No, absolutely not. After being initially surprised by some of the decisions I realized quickly they were the right call. I can't say I didn't miss anything, but what I did "miss" I didn't miss, if you get me. So that's what it is, the whole first season boiled down.

What was done really smartly was the actual editing. In the original show there may be a scene from the show where someone's eating food, and there may be a completely disconnected scene of two people talking quietly and in a static room, where the subject of conversation happened to be the person who was eating several scenes ago. In the edit, that conversation becomes voiceover we hear over the scene we see of the person being talked about, and we then associate their behaviors with what's being said. There is a lot of clever stuff like that in the edit, and it makes the work well worth your time, adding context.

There were two moments the audio stood out to me. 1- In the introductory scenes, there is a sudden drop that should have a fade out in Matt's voiceover, I think it's while he's confessing. 2- Much later, when he meets Melvin Potter the music gets a little loud and the shots of him boxing have leftover different music bleeding through.

Overall I would highly recommend this over re-watching the whole show. A first time viewer would probably be on the fence but could absolutely watch this and move on to season two without missing a beat.

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*SPOILERS* i'm going to focus on the negatives, and mention some of the other Forbidden Marvel's edits i've watched. i've watched the unedited Daredevil to death, to the point that it's hard to watch a whole season again, so i love the idea of these movie edits.
for a 2 1/2 hour movie edit, this is probably as good as it's going to get. the main gripe i have is that, imo, it should be longer. although tbh, my Daredevil edit would be longer than the running time if that were possible.
the most jarring transition in this edit is when Karen goes from police custody, arrested after she's caught standing over a dead body with the murder weapon in her hand and no alibi, to walking the street to her apartment. that took me out of it. her release really needs to be explained.
in the scene where DD throws the bad guy on the steps of the Bulletin with the flash drive, the line DD utters (i think "then we tell everyone.") was an unnecessary, and bad, cut imo.
an edit this short will have to cut out too many things that are too important, or just too good. it needs more Stick! the fight with Nobu and thus his reason to seek out Marvin to create a suit. the amazing "Nelson v Murdock" episode. more of D'Onofrio, and his interactions with Gao and the other gangs. and there was zero room for Claire.
just my 2 cents, there is so much in these Netflix series that i would have approached these edits differently (if i could do this to begin with). i would have turned them all (except Defenders) into TWO episodic movies. most of the seasons i can recall have a mid-season "twist." like s1 of Luke Cage, when Marie kills Cottonmouth. in this one it's a little less dramatic, but i would maybe choose the Fisk speech at the end of "Shadows In The Glass." i would make a 2 or so hour edit up to that point, and then another for the rest. that way things have more breathing room. even the editor's great Iron Fist edit, the series that needed the most cutting, probably would've benefitted from this. there'd be more room to flesh out Harold, and especially Ward, who i think was very underrated. it would also leave room for the story beats that connect to the other stories too, like Daredevil's Claire or Luke Cage showing up in Iron Fist.

to the editor, i really appreciated your edits in both Daredevil and Jessica Jones showing Avengers Tower in the background. it's a nice nod to the fact that this series are now canon. and like i said, as far as a 2 1/2 hour edit goes this is probably as good as it gets. i know these edits take a lot of work, and i appreciate that.
it's just that i would have approached these series differently. i wouldn't show these edits to someone who hadn't seen the originals already. except maybe the Iron Fist one, and i'm sure you'll kill it on the Defenders one too. overall great work.

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Overall, an excellent edit. I haven't watched this since it first aired and it didn't feel like I was missing anything by the end of it. Other than a rough transition here and there, I was pretty happy with the quality overall and subtitles/ multi channel audio are always a ++ for me!

I would highly recommend this for anyone looking for a shortened version or a quick recap!

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As others have added already, the music and dialogue audio needs to be rebalanced a little.

The "few days later" transition sequence (38:32) didnt fit the atmosphere of the movie. While the movie felt gritty and subtle, the transition felt very dramatized and borderline cartoonish. Personally i would have conveyed the passage of time with a simple cut to B roll/recolored (stock) establishing shot and straight into the Karen scene or even with a fade in to the Karen scene with plain text indicating "a few days later".

Although this is definitely pushing the limits, i think the length can be slimmed down even more. Scene for scene i think the editor condensed the story excellently, but i think within some scenes there can be some dialogue or pauses that can be polished off or recontextualized. Getting the film under 140 minutes wouldve really helped. Overall a good watch where every scene had a reason to be in it, but ended up still feeling a little drawn out inevitably due to a long runtime.

Rather than having the "Karen apartment" fight be drawn out with a flashback, i personally think it wouldve more effiective dramatically to give the Nobu fight more time. *Read bottom paragraph for why*

Criticisms aside, i think this edit was very concise and efficient, my biggest praises are with the usage of music and monologues to summarize a lot of story beats. Thanks to the clever usage of music, I very clearly saw the intention of when the acts began and ended. Mirroring the heroes' and Fisk's activities was also a genius way of framing the story. Im amazed that the editor was able to omit so much runtime and conversations, but still keep enough dialogue in the script so that there are callbacks within the movie. Comparing the original visuals to the edit, I have to say the recolor definitely helped it feel more like a standard MCU movie. Good balance of primary, secondary and tertiary characters. Every supporting character that was vital to the story, had enough screentime to be fleshed out (like the Owl, Vladimir, Wesley, Ms. Cardenas), everyone that was just needed due to the continuity (notably Det. Hoffman, Turk, Mahoney) showed up just enough for me to remember them. Which is impressive because when dealing with shows, there can easily be an oversaturation of characters. Cutting Night Nurse was a tough but rewarding decision.

Overall I'd say this edit successfully turned an entire TV show into a seemless Daredevil movie.

Continue reading for my personal rant of why i think the Nobu fight shouldve been kept:

One sequence i thought shouldnt have been shortened so much was the Nobu fight. That fight was such a catalyst moment for Matt. The fight acted as the biggest physical trial of Daredevil so far. Where Fisk out maneuvered Matt strategically (by getting ahead of the media), Nobu dominated Matt physically. The Nobu fight was the realization that there are even greater dangers out there if he continued to pursue this secret life. His near death experience was definitely a humbling experience that reminded the audience that in the end he's still human. Visually nothing compared to the "Oh Sh*t" moment when Nobu pulled out his kyoketsu-shoge (the hook on a rope). Visually, just by revealing that weapon, you can tell its about to push Daredevil's senses to the limit. In my opinion, this fight should have been a little longer, i couldve done without the Karen and Foggy scenes interrupting when the fight got good. Not to mention it felt a little jarring he went from getting punched in one scene to being eviscerated in the next. Recontextualizing or removing the flashbacks from the fight in Karen's apartment for this fight wouldve heightened the stakes of the Nobu fight.

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I enjoyed for the most part and yes audio could be improved a little. Subtitles are included so that's a plus.

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Amazing that the editor managed to condense the story into 3 hours. There were a handful of plot threads that weren't explained fully, but that's typical of TV-to-movie edits. Video was perfect, I didn't notice anything wrong. I did notice the audio levels weren't quite right through the whole thing, every now and then music will overshadow dialog or SFX will be cut short, but these are things the editor will no doubt figure out over time.

With the new color grading, this will probably be my go-to version if I want to rewatch the series.
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