ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

Frank Miller; kind of a big deal in the comic book world. Creator of The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, Ronin and 300, he wrote for Daredevil and created Matt Murdock's iconic love interest, the sai wielding assassin Elektra.

In the comics the Greek assassin Elektra Natchios has constantly switched between hero, anti-hero, and villain, sometimes supporting and sometimes opposing Daredevil (such as when she was hired by the Kingpin to assassinate him).

She's also been one of the more prominent love interests throughout the series run, despite her background as an assassin. She first met Matt Murdock at university (as was alluded to in a flashback episode in Netflix's Daredevil Season 1). In the comics they fell in love and Matt revealed his superhuman senses to her.

Following the accidental death of her father at the hands of a policeman, Elektra left America to train with Stick (who'll you remember as young Matt's mentor in Season 1). Consumed by rage over her father's death, she eventually left Stick and his Chaste group to became part of the Hand, a guild of deadly assassins.

She later travelled as an assassin for hire and eventually met Daredevil/Matt again. She was later killed by Bullseye, but like most comic book characters she didn't stay dead, eventually resurrected by the Hand and becoming an assassin again.

Described only as a "mystery woman from Matt Murdock’s past", we don't know very much about the Marvel Cinematic Universe take on Elektra yet. What we do know is that her appearance will shake up Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox)'s life, and probably not for the better. Élodie Yung (GI Joe: Retaliation, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is set to portray the Greek assassin when she makes her debut in the premiere episode of Daredevil Season 2, releasing on Netflix at some point in 2016.

Yung as Elektra in the Daredevil Season 2 teaser
Yung as Elektra in the Daredevil Season 2 teaser

But the aformentioned Frank Miller has prompted some mutterings recently by the comments he's made about the most recent iteration of his creation; apparently he's none too happy with the fact that she's being adapted into the MCU.

Miller: "They can call it whatever you want, but it will not be the real Elektra... Yes, I’m her father."

It's understandable that he would be cautious given that Elektra has already been dragged through the dirt courtesy of 20th Century Fox's 2003 Daredevil and 2005 Elektra movies, but his dismissive comments come on the heels of the fact that he hasn't even seen the first season of the critically acclaimed Daredevil adaptation (he's probably not watched Jessica Jones either - the philistine!).

Miller lost the battle to keep the ownership rights for Elektra a while back, hence why he might be a bit sore about Marvel continuing to use her as a character. Unfortunately that's an inescapable fact of being a professional writer, you don't always get to keep creative control of your characters (even if you do love them like a daughter).

It also recalls Miller's previous comments about how he refuses to watch any of the Batman movies, or anything based on his characters for that matter.

"When people come out with movies about characters I’ve worked on, I always hate them. I have my own ideas about what the characters are like. I mean, I can’t watch a Batman movie. I’ve seen pieces of them, but I generally think, 'No, that’s not him.' And I walk out of the theater before it’s over."

Apparently Miller doesn't like it when others play with his toys (nevermind that he didn't create Batman in the first place - Bob Kane and Bill Finger have that honor). I wonder how he feels about the upcoming [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) taking pointers from his The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel then?

Personally I'm really looking forward to seeing Yung's take on Elektra in Daredevil Season 2, even if only based on how fantastic the series has been so far. What do you think?


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