Marvel just dropped some seriously sexy poster art for Daredevil Season 2, in which Elektra, seductive assassin and sometime-villain, takes centre stage.
Netflix are big on "motion posters" right now, so if you've been gagging to see Elektra handle her weapons in glorious slo-mo, Baywatch-style, Christmas just came early. Check it out:
Honestly, I've seen porn less erotic than that.
Elodie Yung is the actress tasked with bringing Elektra Natchios to the screen for the first time since Jennifer Garner's underrated turn in Marvel's infamous Daredevil and Elektra movies, and during a recent interview with the studio's website, Yung confessed that she was a total newcomer to both the character and the wider world of Marvel comics.
"I didn’t know her before, I wasn’t familiar with Daredevil, although I was watching the show long before I auditioned, so that was really the only thing I knew about this world. I was like, ‘Whoa, what am I stepping into?’ It’s insane."
Actors do homework, too
"I read the first volume of Elektra: Assassin, [then] I read the rest and then I had an idea of the essence of the character. Then I looked at Daredevil #168, where [Elektra and Daredevil] meet. I started there in the books, in the comics."
Sometimes it's easy to forget that most actors aren't comic book fanboys, and come into superhero projects without much background knowledge, but Yung used the opportunity to find different shades in Elektra's personality.
"I really think I tried to capture the essence of [Elektra in] the comics. And then, as any character that I play, I really tried to dig inside me and try to reach real emotions and transpose that in her world, in who she is. That’s what I tried to do. The writers described her in one of our first meetings as a sociopath, so I had to look into what is a sociopath."
Yung's research lead her to conclude that Elektra is,
"someone who basically can’t have any emotional bond with anyone and everything is like a chess game ... I think Elektra is searching for who she is. And in this search for herself, I could relate and empathize. She tries to get the good out of what she does, sometimes in a weird, violent way."
The French actress worked with the stunt team to decide on a mixed martial arts fighting style for the character, incorporating Muay Thai, Krav Maga and Capoeira, all of which are in fact Thai for "bad bitch."
If you're looking to do a little extra reading on Elektra before Season 2 begins, you could do worse than following Yung's lead and diving into Frank Miller's 'Daredevil #168.' Alternatively, try the ongoing Elektra: Bloodlines, which pits one assassin against another in a tense and visually striking story arc.
You can read the full Marvel interview, which includes more about the fight scenes and Elektra's relationship with Matt Murdock, right here. Catch the trailer above for Daredevil Season 2, which blows its load on March 18th on Netflix.