Ever since the blink-and-you'll-miss it Elektra moment in the first trailer for the upcoming second season of the Netflix's Daredevil TV series, most fans have rejoiced at the prospect of the hyper-charged femme fatale joining up with Matt Murdock and friends.
However, one person who probably wasn't too impressed was Frank Miller, the man who created the character. In a recent interview with Hollywood Reporter, the 59-year-old graphic novel guru claims he hasn't seen a penny for his brainchild's inclusion. He said:
"I don’t know if they quite know I exist. Let’s see if they credit me for creating Elektra. I don’t want to be one of those cranky old guys grinding an ax, wishing I got paid better. I’ve done my best to pave the way for artists in the future to be treated better than I have. And that’s all I can do."
An Elektra-fying Comic Book Character
Miller, who is admittedly an outspoken figure in the industry, created Matt Murdock's love interest in 1981, with her debut appearance in 'Daredevil #168.' Although Elektra is one of the many byproducts of the artist's esteemed career, many view the character as one of his best creations.
It's perhaps unsurprising then that this isn't the first time the violent mercenary will feature in a live-action adaptation; she was portrayed by Jennifer Garner in the feature length Daredevil (2003) and the spin-off, Elektra (2005).
And Miller admits regardless of financial ramifications, he won't be watching the sai wielding assassin (portrayed by Élodie Yung) strut her stuff on the Marvel's TV series. He added:
"I have no right to be possessive, but once I've worked on a character, it's hard to see any other way than my way. By and large, most of what they do, I'll just get grouchy if I see it. So I tend not to look at it, except for few exceptions."
"My Batman Was Too Nice For Him"
Miller also briefly discussed the failed Batman: Year One project, which was set to be picked up by director Darren Aronofsky, but never made the big screen. The comic book creator is often renowned for his dark storylines, but even he felt Aronofsky's vision was too harrowing. He added:
“It was the first time I worked on a Batman project with somebody whose vision of Batman was darker than mine. My Batman was too nice for him.
"We hashed out a screenplay, and we were wonderfully compensated, but then Warner Bros. read it and said, ‘We don’t want to make this movie.’ The executive wanted to do a Batman he could take his kids to. And this wasn’t that.”
Although Miller won't be watching, that doesn't stop you - 'Daredevil' Season 2 will be available to stream on March 18th 2016. That's in a mere 10 days!
How do you think Elektra will fit in with Season 2 of 'Daredevil'?