Update: Entertainment Weekly has now shared the official first look at Élodie Yung as Elektra in Daredevil season 2.
Original Story: Brutal, edgy and evocative of film noir was just some of the high praise directed at Daredevil‘s inaugural season, though Marvel is aware that there’s still plenty of room for improvement going forward.
With Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin behind bars, the sophomore season of Marvel’s live-action superhero drama will pick up at a time when Matt Murdock’s alter-ego catches the attention of Hell’s Kitchen. Such attention naturally attracts the wrong people, and with Elektra (Élodie Yung) and The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) emerging from the shadows, it’s clear Charlie Cox’s costumed hero will have his hands full and then some.
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Having already established the framework of Murdock’s origins story, writer-producer Steve S. DeKnight revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the creative team behind Daredevil season 2 are now able to jump right back in. Said he: “The advantage of any sequel is you can dive right in. We hit the ground running and then we ran as fast as we f—ing could.”
As for those two aforementioned villains, DeKnight believes the introduction of Elektra and The Punisher will add a new strand of moral complexity to Daredevil – particularly in terms of the latter, who also sets about cleaning up the streets of Hell’s Kitchen with both guns blazing. It’s a view echoed by showrunner Doug Petrie as well, who touched based on some of the pressing topics of gun violence and vigilantism in 2015.
“Viewers watching the show will be rooting for this guy with a gun but we’re also going to force people — the way we force Matt — to second guess themselves,” showrunner Doug Petrie says. “Taking lethal justice into your own hands is in America in 2015 is tricky shit. We have not shied away from the rich complicated reality of Now. If you’ve got a gun and you’re not the police you’re going to incite strong feelings. We’re stirring the pot and we’re aware of the headlines where we live and we’re trying to get people to think.”
Finally, co-showrunner Marco Ramirez shed some light on the core conflict between Daredevil and The Punisher, which will naturally underpin the vast majority of season 2. “He has a different moral code,” Ramirez adds. “Matt is a devout Catholic — and you rarely see a character who’s a devote anything on TV. Frank has Hammurabi’s Code. It’s like letting a great white shark into the water.”
Daredevil season 2 will premiere on Netflix in mid-2016.