Netflix and Marvel have announced that the Daredevil Season 2 release date is set for March 18, 2016. The latest Daredevil spoilers indicate that Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, will be making a major appearance, and there is already talk of a Punisher spinoff TV show being released on Netflix. The new Daredevil cast will include Jon Bernthal and Elodie Yung appearing as Punisher and Elektra, respectively.
The newest interviews and information come from the TCA Press Tour. In regards to the Punisher TV show, co-executive producer Marco Ramirez told reporters that “you’ll have to ask Marvel,” but co-executive producer Doug Petrie was a little more candid, saying, “What we can say is that we’ve had the pleasure of introducing Frank Castle into our Hell’s Kitchen and our world.”
Reporters for Deadline also described a Daredevil Season 2 video shown to the audience before the TCA panel discussion began.
“From early in the season, it sees Elektra and Matt Murdock engaged in a tense discussion, after Elektra breaks into Murdock’s apartment. While the scene was carefully selected to avoid giving away greater context, it’s notable in the amount of palpable history between the two characters is conveyed. Years of lingering heartache and regret on both their parts was made clear, and while I don’t want to judge it apart from the episode in which it takes place, it feels like a good sign of things to come. At minimum, this will remain focused on character as much as it is on superheroics.”
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Ramirez also revealed that Elektra’s costume will be featured in Daredevil Season 2, although it seems unlikely it will be the bright red costume shown in the comic books. Instead, the producers want to stick to a grittier look, but when they design the costumes they do “what looks cool, how much do we love the comics and can we do that.”
When Elodie Yung was asked to describe Elektra, she said the character will be portrayed as a “sociopath.”
“This world is a game for her, like a chess game. What motivates her is what she wants, she’ll use anything she needs to use to get to her goal, and if she needs to kill people she would. On the other hand, we wanted to create a character with different layers,” Yung explained. “I think Elektra isn’t a bad person, she’s not a good person, she’s a person with different traits.”
This depiction would be quite a departure from Jennifer Garner’s Elektra, although the same could be said for Ben Affleck’s Daredevil. But one comic book character who always seems to be acted out about the same is our favorite judge, jury, and executioner. Hopefully, this will not change with Jon Bernthal’s Punisher.
The former The Walking Dead actor revealed that audiences are introduced to Frank Castle after he has already lost his family.
“With Frank, what was important was the emptiness inside him. He’s dealing with this unbelievable loss. There’s unbelievable anger and hatred and shame. There’s a sense of responsibility and as a father and husband, if I were to lose my family on my watch,” Bernthal said, according to EW. “I had to put myself in as dark of place as possible the last six months.”
Bernthal makes it clear that Frank Castle is on a “personal mission” but it’s left unsaid whether the character considers himself to be the Punisher at first. The conflict with Matt Murdock apparently causes an “evolution” within Castle that leads to a “whole new place” of darkness, which makes it seem very likely this portrayal of the Punisher is starting right near the beginning.
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