At the TCA event this past weekend, Netflix was there to tout the power of their network and all of their Marvel shows, past and present. They announced, there, that a second season of Jessica Jones has been green lit, though no date was offered for when it would air.
On the Punisher, actor Jon Bernthal admitted that Frank Castle does have a bit of a superpower, though it may not be the one you’re thinking of. In doing his research and reading the comics, he says, “If I got one thing from the comics, as far as superpowers? [The Punisher’s] superpower is his rage. His superpower is that he is not gonna quit, and he’s having to go forward no matter what. That’s as human and grounded a quality as, I think, this genre can have.”
This sounds about right for a special forces veteran who’s entire family was murdered by the mob. It also measures up to the comics as a really good insight into the character, making him somewhat of a juggernaut with bullets.
However, there’s also Elodie Yung playing the part of Elektra, Matt Murdock’s on again/off again love interest. They have a very complicated and troubled history and it sounds like they are doing exactly that with her character here.
We already know that they met during college, as we heard Matt and Foggy talking about her in a flashback scene in the first season. But here she is back in his life.
Like her co-star Bernthal, Yung read the comics as research and was able to capture a lot of her character that way, saying, “[W]hat I tried to capture by reading the comics is I wanted to keep the coldness and we had a conversation – that Elektra has – and we conversations at length with Doug [Petrie] and Marco [Ramirez] (showrunners of Daredevil).”
Yung went on to describe Elektra’s psychology, saying, “We think Elektra is, kind of, a sociopath, you know? This world is a game for me – it’s like a chess game – and what motivates her is what she wants.” She then added, “She will use anything she needs to use to get to her goal and if she needs to kill people, she would, you know? She has this coldness and this sociopath in her and I tried to keep that, really.”
So, at the end of the day, does all of this make her a hero or a villain? Yung would argue that it’s more complicated than that. It’s not so black and white for her. As she says, “we wanted to create a character with different layers and, I think, Elektra isn’t a bad person, she’s not a good person. She’s a person with different traits, with layers and she’s seeking for who she is, so really, in this season, there’s an arch to her story and, hopefully, she will find out who she is really by the end of it.”
The Second Season of Daredevil will hit Netflix on March 18th later this year.
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