“They can call it whatever you want, but It will not be the real Elektra.”
These harsh words were spoken by Marvel writer Frank Miller, the self-proclaimed "father" of Elektra and highly regarded writer for the Daredevil comic books.
It seems Elektra's father is uncomfortable with her new role in the Daredevil Netflix series. Speaking-out at this year's Comic Con Experience in Brazil, Miller revealed that he's never actually watched the series, which is heavily inspired by his own noir approach to the early Daredevil comic books.
Okay... it might not be the original comic books, but it's a hell of a show, and one well worth your attention!
Not only has Miller never watched Daredevil -- starring Charlie Cox, but he seems truly furious about Elektra's future role in Season 2 of the show.
This isn't the first time Miller has responded negatively to misuse of his creations. After choosing to kill-off his beloved character back in 1982, in Daredevil #181, Miller discovered that Marvel were reviving Elektra in the 1990s, something he didn't appreciate. So naturally the iconic writer isn't so thrilled about her appearance on a Netflix series in 2015.
I wonder how he felt about Jennifer Garner's portrayal of Elektra in Daredevil (2003)... I'll take a blind guess and assume he wasn't a huge fan of that movie, either.
Unfortunately for Miller, Elodie Yung is already set to appear as the 2016 embodiment of Elektra. You should recognize the French actress from G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and we're soon to see her in the role of Hathor in Gods of Egypt, so the Daredevil crew really are taking on board an established actress to give life to the role.
Now that is good news! Miller's criticisms aside, Daredevil hasn't let us down yet, and I'm sure Yung will play her role to perfection opposite Charlie Cox.
So... who is Elektra?
Highly trained as an assassin, Elektra served under many masters, both as an apprentice -- in the case of Daredevil's former master "Stick," and as an assassin for the Hand, in addition to serving as a personal assassin for Kingpin, Wilson Fisk.
Elektra worked with and against her former lover, Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil, until Fisk ordered her to murder Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, Murdock's legal partner. Don't worry, Froggy fans, she didn't get him.
Elektra was eventually killed by Bullseye, who sought to reclaim his former position at the side of Wilson Fisk. As we've learned, this is where Frank Miller would like to have ended Elektra's legacy, but fortunately for us, we'll see her back in action next year!