With the strong debut of Marvel’s Daredevil last April, followed by the wonderfully dark Jessica Jones in November 2015 and Luke Cage now coming our way on September 30, Netflix’s quartet of series from the Disney-owned comic giant is going according to plan. However with the premiere of all of Season 2 of Daredevil on March 18, that plan may have to expand – and I’m not talking about the Defenders miniseries.
Back better, harsher and, as I say in my video review above, more true to itself than ever, Daredevil takes a couple of episodes to truly put pedal to the metal, but it has some very welcomed additions this time round with Jon Bernthal as the Punisher and Élodie Yung as Elektra. So, as I say in my video review above, if you’ve got plans on the weekend of March 18, cancel them. You’ll be binging up with Daredevil Season 2 if you know what’s good for you.
As good as this season, is and it is very good once it gets going, I hope it is also a harbinger of things to come. Honestly, if Netflix and Marvel aren’t outlining spin-offs for the perfectly cast Bernthal and Yung then they are living in denial as opposed to the great ride to crazytown that the new 13-episodes of Daredevil unveil.
After three less than stellar attempts by Marvel to bring the fan favorite killing machine known as the Punisher to the big screen, Daredevil new showrunners Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie have the true Frank Castle in The Walking Dead alum. Markedly complex, Bernthal’s merciless Punisher is a great antithesis to Charlie Cox’s more restrained Man Without Fear on the streets and rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen and, amidst corruption and prosecution, an engaging intellectual sparring partner to Daredevil/Matt Murdock over how far is too far.
Now, no spoilers but that the cluster of testosterone would almost prove exhausting if not for Yung’s dominating presence this season both in action and in our hero’s heart. Cox flexes new muscles in a role he clearly inhabits and owns, but when Yung’s Elektra truly gets dug in is where Daredevil Season 2 truly takes off – and that’s when you can’t turn away. Building from the best of the Daredevil’s long legacy in the comics, with more than a big serving of the genius of Frank Miller, who reinvented Daredevil back in the early ’80s when he created Elektra, the introduction of the equally ruthless assassin and heiress from Murdock’s past sends an electric charge through an already pretty pumped up show. With that power grid in motion, someone give Elektra and Punisher their own series quick.
In the meantime, click on my video review of Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil above and tell us what you think. Have you cleared your weekend yet?