The One Thing That Always Bugged Me About the Daredevil Movie…

With a certain awesome TV show debuting tomorrow, the Internet is going crazy for Daredevil stuff. I myself had a one-two Daredevil punch yesterday. Well the fine folks at Screen Junkies have whipped together an Honest Trailer for the original Daredevil movie! I believe I’ve gone on record before that I like that movie, and I stand by that assessment. But hopefully the TV show will just rock all of our socks.

As for the one thing that’s always bugged me about the Daredevil movie, that would be the opening courtroom scene, where Matt Murdock is questioning that rapist on the stand. Matt loses the case and the guy goes free, despite clearly being guilty. And then Daredevil goes after him and throws the guy onto the train tracks to get run over by a subway.

My problem is this: what exactly is Matt Murdock’s role in that trial?

This is one that even the Screen Junkies missed.

The rapist is the one on trial, and there are references made to the guy getting ‘acquitted’ and being allowed to go free, so it definitely sounds like this is a criminal trial. And the scene clearly makes reference to Matt Murdock representing the rape victim. She’s sitting with him at his table.

But that’s not how the criminal justice system works! On any level!

When a criminal goes to court, there are two attorneys: the defense attorney, who represents the defendant, and the district attorney, who represents the government. NOBODY represents the victim in a criminal trial. Victims can hire an attorney if they want, to protect their interests, but that attorney does not participate in the trial.

District attorneys and defense attorneys do not inter-mingle. District attorneys are always district attorneys, and defense attorneys are always defense attorneys. In fact, a district attorney is an elected position. He or she is elected by the people to prosecute criminals.

So a private defense attorney, like Matt Murdock, is not randomly going to be assigned to prosecute a rapist.

The only way this trial scene makes sense is if this was a civil trial, and the rape victim was suing the rapist…except there are several clues that point towards this being a criminal trial. Like I said earlier, there are references to the rapist getting ‘acquitted’ and being allowed to go free. You don’t get ‘acquitted’ in a civil trial, and you’re most likely already free if you’re being sued in a civil trial.

I’d say that was a pretty big screw-up. I hope somebody got fired for it!

Also, if you’re interested, Cinema Sins tackled Daredevil a few years ago! They also missed the obvious sin of that trail scene.



About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on April 9, 2015, in Marvel, Movies, Parody and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I coulda gone the rest of my life without having that pointed out to me. Not it’s going to be glaringly obvious every time i watch that movie from now on. There’s been a few movies i’ve seen where i’ve noticed something completely in error like that. If i can ever remember them, i’ll be sure to pass them along. 🙂

  2. I was always bothered by that courtroom scene too, but, like you said, just rationalized it as a civil case with the acquittal talk being in reference to a prior criminal trial. But it’s probably just a writing oversight. =P

    Also like you, Sean, I’m actually very fond of the movie — the Director’s Cut more so. It has the Coolio subplot, removes the unnecessary and unbelievable sex scene, and has more interaction among the supporting and main cast. It’s just a better movie.

    Anyway, despite my love for it, both this Honest Trailers video and the Cinema Sins video were funny as hell.

    Also, can’t wait to start the Netflix series.

    • I too own the Director’s Cut on DVD! It’s definitely a fun film. Though having completed the new Netflix series, I doubt i’ll ever be able to go back to the original movie. Best to just write it off now.

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