Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle may not be getting a spinoff series after all, but there’s no question that the actor’s rendition of the Punisher has occupied the lion’s share of marketing for Daredevil season 2.
Introducing a whole new breed of unhinged vigilantism to Hell’s Kitchen, Bernthal’s gun-toting maniac is the unstoppable force to Matt Murdock’s immovable object. Although, there’s another key player headed to Marvel and Netflix’s criminal underworld, and that’s Elodie Yung seductive frenemy, Elektra.
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In fact, Yung’s character is placed front and center in today’s brand new poster for Daredevil season 2 (which can be seen below), and it’s arrived just in time to see the first reviews hitting interwebs.
Overall, it would appear that the change of leadership at the helm has had some effect to the early episodes – Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez were drafted in to replace Steven DeKnight between seasons 1 and 2 – but there still looks to be plenty to get excited about ahead of next month’s premiere.
Variety: Binge viewing becomes the second season of “Daredevil.” After a mostly top-notch debut on Netflix, Marvel’s Man Without Fear begins season two on an uneven note, occasionally feeling as if he’s taken a detour from dark and gritty into the realm of Sam Peckinpah movies, complete with slow-motion bullets and blood sprays. Stick with it, though, and the show blossoms, featuring a few terrific action sequences while introducing into this grim world seminal characters the Punisher and Elektra – both mostly victimized by earlier feature adaptations. So far, the Marvel/Netflix collaboration has brought a nifty dimension to both parties.
Den of Geek: Are you worried that a red-costumed Daredevil would somehow detract from the street level vigilante justice of season one? Don’t be! This is the most effective and practical superhero costume I’ve yet seen in live action. Daredevil moves better than any big screen Batman has managed to, and the attention to detail in the action sequences is all in place. It even looks like Daredevil’s fighting style has evolved to account for his heavier, more protective gear. Those fight scenes are every bit as spectacular as you would hope (although one, clearly an attempt to one-up the incredible corridor fight from season one, feels a little self-conscious in its intentions…it’s still damn cool, though).
Nerd Repository: Season 2 moves along at a quicker pace than Season 1, and the introduction to iconic characters like The Punisher and Elektra (Élodie Yung) really spice up the early episodes. Speaking of the lady in red, fans should be quite pleased with this extremely faithful incarnation of the character, as Yung is visually ripped from the panels of a Frank Miller comic. She looks the part and plays it with confidence, seduction and dangerous intrigue. Oh, and she can kick ass too. Naturally. There’s real, palpable chemistry between Yung and Cox, and whenever they’re onscreen together there’s an air of danger along with a feeling of a loss of control – for both characters.
Daredevil season 2 premieres on March 18.