Fox made fanboy dreams a reality on Monday by releasing the first glimpse of
Jennifer Garner as Elektra on the set of “Daredevil.”
Fans of the long-running comic book of the same name have been salivating
for weeks at the prospect of seeing the “Alias” star in costume. (Click here for photos .)
“I’ve been in the suit, and I’ve been kicking ass,” Garner told MTV’s “Movie
House” guest reporter Rob Zombie. Zombie was the first member of the press
allowed on the super-secretive “Daredevil” set, for a “Movie House” segment
that premieres Tuesday. “I’m a ninja, as in ’turtle,’ ” she joked.
Ben Affleck will star as Daredevil, a blind hero who uses extrasensory
powers and martial arts to fight crime at night while working as attorney
Matt Murdock by day. Garner, who came to prominence first on “Felicity” and
later as the star of “Alias,” is Elektra, a love interest for Daredevil who
happens to be a ninja assassin. Elektra is also a major player in her own
right, having been spun off from the Daredevil comic to headline her own
titles from time to time.
“I wish I had read ’Elektra’ when I was younger,” Garner said. “I think
she’s strong and cool and beautiful and smart. She’d be a good role model
— until she turns into an assassin for hire and a hooker. But that’s
down the road. [In the movie] she’s still pretty dignified.”
“Daredevil” co-stars Michael Clarke Duncan (“The Scorpion King”) as the
villainous Kingpin, Jon Favreau (“Swingers”) as Matt Murdock’s buddy Foggy
Nelson and Colin Farrell (“Hart’s War”) as the costumed assassin Bullseye.
The movie also boasts an appearance by Coolio and a quick cameo by filmmaker
Kevin Smith (“Clerks”). Smith scripted the “Daredevil” comic book for
several issues. Incidentally, it was Affleck’s introduction to a collection
of Smith’s “Daredevil” stories that originally caught the eye of “Daredevil”
film director Mark Steven Johnson.
“Daredevil” is the latest Marvel Comics property to head for the big screen,
following “X-Men,” the record-breaking “Spider-Man” and “The Hulk,” which is
currently in production.
A Valentine’s Day 2003 release is scheduled for “Daredevil.”