Elektra and Punisher Descend on Daredevil Season 2
Following its well received first season, fans are gearing up for the imminent return of Daredevil and new details about the upcoming season are starting to trickle down the pipe. The second season of the Netflix original series is set to hit the service in spring 2016, which means the new show is right around the corner and we can’t wait to follow the new adventures of The Man Without Fear.
We already covered the release of the trailer for the second season, but we now have new details (and images) of what some of the new characters are going to look like, including some of the first images of the new Punisher and Elektra.
We’ve known for a while that Elektra, the enigmatic assassin and sometimes love interest of our titular hero, would make an appearance in the new season. And now, we’ve been graced with new images of Elodie Yung in the Netflix series. Yung has previously starred in the American remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and also G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Considering she already played a red outfitted Ninja in G.I. Joe, her role as Elektra makes perfect sense and we can’t wait to see her in action.
Also featured have been some of the first images of Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) taking on the role of the brutal vigilante Frank Castle, also known as The Punisher. There are reports that the show plans to introduce Punisher in the opening of the season. It will emphasize his unorthodox methods of dealing with bad guys and how it contrasts to Daredevil’s own, decidedly less lethal, approach.
Fans of the comics might remember Castle as a former soldier whose own haunting experiences have caused him to become a man on a mission to clean up the streets of New York by any means necessary. Much like Daredevil (and Elektra for that matter), the Punisher has never had much success in his big screen outings, so we’re hoping his transition to television will go better than his movie missteps. Bernthal definitely looks the part and based on his performance as Shane in The Walking Dead, he has the chops to play the tortured anti-hero.
The Daredevil original series has been remarkably well received for its excellently choreographed fight scenes and dark, but fun, atmosphere that’s decidedly more mature than the family-friendly Marvel movies on the big screen. And in an effort to increase the name recognition and familiarity among general audiences for Daredevil, Marvel licensed out some of these lesser-known characters to casual games. It’s very much in line with what the comic book giant has done in the mobile market, where those characters (and their more popular counterparts) appear in on-the-go games that are both fun and education (at least for anyone not terribly familiar with all the Marvel heroes and villains out there).
Even though those games are a fun holdover as we wait for the second season, it’s safe to say we just wish the new Daredevil episodes were here already. The spring can’t get here soon enough!