Season 2 of Netflix and Marvel’s acclaimed collaboration, Daredevil, is set to release the next season in less than two weeks, and the Netflix marketing machine continues to tease audiences with sneak peeks at new characters, and today: the new costumes featured in Season 2. Today, Entertainment Weekly reports, Netflix released a brand new poster featuring full-size shots of two new costumes: the Punisher and Elektra — who previously only appeared in promotional materials in civilian clothes.
Daredevil’s costume looks like a little bit of an update from the one Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock donned at the end of Season 1, but as always it’s shrouded in thick shadows. The real stars of the new poster are the Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (Elodie Yung), and the new take on their classic costumes that Netflix has gone with in Season 2.
Both Daredevil characters cleave pretty close to the classics, with the Punisher’s trademark skull and black trenchcoat, and Elektra’s red ninja mask and otherwise equally flowing and form-fitting costume. In the comics, Elektra has typically shown a bit more skin than would be practical for a ninja assassin, so it comes as little surprise that Marvel and Netflix have updated her look in line with Daredevil’s first costume in Season 1 — emphasizing a more grounded, naturalistic look than the bright colors and skimpy outfits found in early Elektra comics.
Elektra’s costume in Daredevil is similar to other costumes for superheroines (and anti-heroines like Elektra) in Marvel’s cinematic universe, drawing inspiration from the originals rather than wholly faithful adaptations. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, for instance, dons her trademark black catsuit in the Captain America and Avengers films, and the outfit – though sometimes criticized – is made a bit more practical in the films than it appears in the comics.
The Punisher received a similar treatment in the most recent films, with his costume focusing on a “realistic” approach to the character, who is unlike some superheroes already a bit more grounded in reality than say a Captain America with the red-white-and-blue tights he sports in the comics. The Punisher in Daredevil isn’t actually much of a departure from the comic version of the character – though at times the Punisher of Marvel Comics is depicted as a muscle-bound mountain of a man with blue-black tights and a big white skull on his chest. The Punisher lends himself to realistic depictions since, really, he’s just a vigilante with a penchant for guns and no real superpowers to speak of, aside from tactical knowhow.
The two new stars of Daredevil marks the Netflix series’ deeper foray into the Marvel Cinematic and Comics universes, introducing new characters – old favorites for comic book fans – into the dark and gritty setting of Daredevil’s Hell’s Kitchen.
Daredevil Season 2 isn’t out just yet, it hits Netflix on March 18, but critics have rolled out some early reviews, and generally speaking, the reviews are pretty positive.
“I must say I was a little disappointed with the beginning [of the season], but thankfully it all pays off when things pick up around episode four. And things pick up fast,” reads the Daredevil Season 2 review from The Independent.
The opposite could have been said of Daredevil Season 1, which was praised for its strong start and character development, but in the final few episodes the action fell a bit flat. Looks like Daredevil Season 2 will be a welcome departure, with a slow burning first few episodes and a solid mid and late season leading into the next Netflix series: Heroes For Hire with Luke Cage.
Season 2 of Daredevil comes out on March 18, only on Netflix.
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