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."