2. DAREDEVIL (2003)
Lest we be accused of completely bashing Farrell here, we’ll start off our prerequisite Daredevil bashing with this compliment: He’s the second best thing about one of the worst superhero movies ever made. Which isn’t exactly something to be proud of, but, hey, it’s better than nothing.
As scene-stealing assassin Bullseye, who kills folks with everything from knives to airplane peanuts, Farrell appears to be having a blast reciting obnoxious dialogue (“You’re good, baby. But me? I’m magic.”) and upstaging an uncharismatic and bored-looking Ben Affleck (who plays the titular hero). Daredevil director Mark Steven Johnson tried to make a darker and more violent comic book flick, but the end result is a mess that can’t decide whether it’s a second-rate action film or a tepid romantic drama focused on Affleck and Jennifer Garner (as Elektra, star of her own equally bad spinoff movie).
Either way, both halves of Daredevil’s schizophrenic approach are ineptly made and infuriating to both Marvel Comics fans and Farrell’s haters. It’s hard to totally clown the guy when he’s the only semi-entertaining thing about an altogether wack movie. But it was certainly worth a try.