Although Ben Affleck’s Daredevil did not receive great reviews, it still inspired Marvel to create one of the darkest scenes ever.
Even Ben Affleck can’t deny that his Daredevil film is beyond silly. But aside from the film’s cheesy dialogue and overproduced CGI fight scenes, the movie still managed to inspire one of the most grotesque scenes to ever take place in a comic book.
Ben Affleck’s Daredevil film is definitely filled with some absurd scenes Marvel fans will never forget, with one involving Colin Farrell’s Bullseye… killing a man with nothing but a paperclip. Although the scene is undeniably bizarre, it does do the character justice (as Bullseye has used disgusting weapons in the comics). Not only does the scene leave viewers bewildered, it also inspires Ed Brisson, Guillermo Sanna Bauza, Miroslav Mrva, and Clayton Cowles to create one of the most twisted scenes in Marvel Comics.
In Bullseye #1 the titular assassin pays a visit to his agent’s office in search of his next assignment. While his agent calls out new assignments as well as their details, Bullseye takes a handful of paperclips, looks out the window, and starts flicking them at people in the streets (effectively recreating the movie scene). Of course, the results in the comics are nastier, bloodier, and more disturbing than anything passable in a blockbuster movie.
First, he hits a cyclist, leading them to be hit by a car and die on impact. Next, he flicks another straight into the ear of the driver. As a crowd rushes over to the accident, Bullseye continues to prove this gag grotesque, killing a police officer, and driver of a responding ambulance–all without flinching or breaking a sweat. As a final ice cold twist, Bullseye departs his agent with a simple retort: “You worry too much. No one knows I’m here. By the way… You’re out of paperclips.” As Bullseye finishes speaking, the final panel of the scene lays out the total carnage and brutal bloodshed Bullseye unleashed on innocent people for literally no reason at all. Well, other than to prove to fans of the Daredevil movie that he’s not a villain to be laughed at.
Ben Affleck’s Daredevil movie may be a footnote to both the actor’s time as Batman, and the Netflix version of Matt Murdock’s story. But based upon this scene in Bullseye #1, there is no doubt that it’s truly an inspiration. Even if it inspires monstrous murder where there once was a joke.
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