Good news for fans of sai-wielding femme fatales - Elektra might just be making her way back to the Marvel universe.
The creative team behind Netflix's upcoming Marvel series Daredevil have, thus far, been extremely cagey about whether or not we'll see the assassin/love interest in the show - but that may all have changed.
Series Executive Producer Steven DeKnight has hinted on Twitter that while they may not have announced anything as of yet - that doesn't mean we won't be seeing Elektra eventually:
It's not exactly the most solid confirmation in the world - but it's also a long, long way away from a denial.
The big question, though, is this: has she already been cast?
It might not actually be as unlikely as you'd think...
After all, Rosario Dawson's already on board.
Consider these words from a recent Marvel press release, describing the - as yet unnamed - character that the already confirmed leading lady will be playing:
"[She] will play a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city."
Which is, in fairness, a fair way away from Elektra's character in the comics - where she's traditionally been a pretty straightforwardly anti-heroic mercenary and assassin.
That being said, the odds of her ever appearing in so straightforward a role are pretty slim - what works in the comics doesn't always work on screen - as certain movies have ably demonstrated:
If the series is - as seems likely - aiming to provide a darker, more Netflix-friendly take on the Marvel universe, then the combining of the fan-favorite Elektra with a more down to earth day-to-day alter ego would seem a logical step. The same logic would make the fact that Dawson looks nothing like the - distinctly Greek - Elektra far less of a problem. When you redefine a character for a new generation, things like race really don't matter.
Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television, described Dawson's character like this:
“Her role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.”
Which, since the comics don't include too much back-story of that nature, suggests at least some divergence from the source material.
And let's be honest - though there are other Marvel heroes equally deserving of a role in the series (Misty Knight, Echo and Karen Page spring to mind) - are Marvel more likely to introduce a brand new character who has no prior mainstream crossover appeal, or bring back a fan favorite who does?
It's still a long way from guaranteed, but every hint like DeKnight's brings the possibility of Elektra appearing - and being played by Dawson - closer and close to actually happening.
Which would, to be honest, be awesome.
Though possibly not quite as awesome as if she plays Misty Knight, a bad-ass ex-NYPD detective with a Tony Stark-created bionic arm, and a long history with pretty much all the characters set to appear in the Netflix series'.
But, y'know, either way...
[Daredevil](series:1168702) is set to debut sometime in 2015 - with or without Elektra...
What do you guys think? Will Rosario Dawson end up playing Elektra?