As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, we finally have an officially confirmed release date for the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil. It’s not the March 25 date that was circulating a few days ago, but March 18! I’m definitely taking the day off from work, just as I did the last time around. To go with the announcement were a gorgeous teaser trailer and two new promotional posters. We also have a synopsis for season two:
Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell’s Kitchen. Now the Man Without Fear must take on a new adversary in Frank Castle and face an old flame – Elektra Natchios.
Bigger problems emerge when Frank Castle, a man looking for vengeance, is reborn as The Punisher, a man who takes justice into his own hands in Matt’s neighborhood. Meanwhile, Matt must balance his duty to his community as a lawyer and his dangerous life as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, facing a life-altering choice that forces him to truly understand what it means to be a hero.
Both the teaser and the promotional images, as seen below, borrow their imagery from the interior of the Sistine Chapel. The first poster is essentially a reimagined The Last Judgment, i.e. the art which decorates the altar wall of the chapel, but with considerably more Punisher spookiness. The teaser, which also doubles as a great recap of the first season, references the art from the ceiling, as is also reflected by the second image. This is obviously meant as a reference to the title character’s Catholicism, but is – of course – also an effective way to highlight the age old dichotomy of good versus evil, as well as general issues of morality.
One thing that I find interesting about all of this is the role of the Punisher. While his methods and tactics have always been different from Daredevil’s, a common source of conflict in many of the story arcs which feature both characters, he’s not usually seen as a villain. I wonder how the upcoming series is looking to balance this larger than life threat that Frank Castle is made out to be against the more human aspects of a man tormented by the loss of his family. Considering how far Matt was allowed to go in the last season, there is perhaps less room to maneuver for season two, compared to the comics, when it comes to placing the Punisher somewhere between Daredevil and outright villainy. I will leave this for people more acquainted with the Punisher to speculate on!