Season 2 under way, Elektra casting news, and a new Daredevil creative team

Hey guys! With so much news coming out recently, I couldn’t go any longer without updating. Let’s start with the comic book news, and then move on to the Netflix show (aren’t we spoiled these days?)

Charles Soule and Ron Garney is the new Daredevil creative team

It’s been known for quite a while now that Mark Waid and Chris Samnee are leaving Daredevil at the end of the current arc, but it wasn’t until a few days ago that we learned who would be next in line to tackle the character. It’s now been officially announced that Charles Soule will step in as the new writer, with Ron Garney on art duties.

There was a lot of speculation at first who the new character appearing at Matt’s side on the cover of the October issue, but this and many other question were answered – sort of – in this new interview with A.V. Club, where Soule and Garney go into some detail about what’s next for the Man Without Fear. Obviously, if you don’t want any kind of spoilers, stay away. Feel free to discuss anything and everything in the comment section though!

Elodie Yung is Elektra!

Just yesterday, it was announced that Marvel and Netflix have found the actress who will portray Elektra in the next season of Daredevil, and she is French actress Elodie Yung. Without really knowing anything about her (though I did vaguely recognize her from something), she certainly looks the part! I’ve never been a huge fan of Elektra as a character – despite naming one of my cats after her – but I actually have a pretty good feeling about this. Oh, and there’s even some promotional Elektra themed art to go along with the announcement:

Official Elektra promo art for season two of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

Season two of filming for Marvel’s Daredevil has begun

Speaking of season two, and as many of you might have seen already, set photos of Charlie Cox and Elden Henson have appeared online, courtesy of photographer Shelly Kay. You can see more of them on her Twitter timeline. It feels like yesterday that the first season premieres, and I can’t believe that next season is cooking as we speak. I can’t wait to see more glimpses of what’s coming up!

With this post, I’m going to switch to doing “reruns” for a few weeks. It may not look like it, but I’m actually quite busy with Daredevil these days as I’m finally making real progress on that Daredevil book I’ve been talking about for years. In order for me to focus on that project, I will switch to putting up a “new” featured post from the archives on the start page, rotating every couple of days. I will stay active on Twitter, and Facebook, and will do my best to cover any news that comes out!

Christine Hanefalk

Christine Hanefalk

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Christine is a die-hard Daredevil fan who launched The Other Murdock Papers in 2007 to share her passion for Matt Murdock and his friends with other fans.

14 comments

  1. I love the new costume. My one criticism is the face. I can’t make out what’s going on with his eyes or mouth. Is it just me?

  2. Matt, I saw the same thing because of the way the top of his mask is lit. Move your eyes up from the flesh tones and focus more near the top of the ask. You should eventually see the shadowed eyeholes.

  3. I’m excited for Soule and Garney to take the reins. I’d be even more excited if Soule had confirmed that Foggy would still be in the supporting cast…

  4. @Ellen Fleischer: Excellent! Phew! (Though I didn’t think that Foggy would die, I was also concerned to see no mention of him anywhere in the previous interview.)

    Here are some of my general opinions on what we know so far though:

    1) I’m not loving the idea of a “sidekick,” though I’m relieved that it’s neither Gambit, nor Tim Urich (as some of you suggested on the Facebook page). Having said that, I’m ready to be proven wrong. It may be the best idea ever, I’m more than willing to keep an open mind.

    2) I love the idea of Matt being back in New York, with a secret identity. While the route there may require some brand of Marvel magic, or even just a shrug and a “reboot,” neither one of which are tools I like to see used more than is absolutely necessary, I think the end justifies the means in this case. Matt as an out superhero in San Francisco is a story that has clearly run its course. I’ve loved this run up until (though sadly not including) this ongoing arc, but I definitely prefer Matt having a secret identity.

    3) To see Matt written by an actual lawyer who seems interested in writing what he knows is probably the most exciting part of all of this. Matt’s professional life has been underused for years, and creators shouldn’t be afraid to do more with it. I can think of very few fans who think that there is too much legal stuff in Daredevil. Seriously.

  5. Good to hear your thoughts about the new run ! and also that Foggy is indeed back, because with the fact that Matt changes his work and works with a new team, I was afraid of him disappearing… Speaking about the new work, that’s probably the reason why I’m really eager to see this start, as I think Matt working as ADA sounds very interesting. I always wondered why, with his ideology and “other job”, he would rather be a lawyer. But I’m probably not the best to talk about Law in the US ^^

    I’m not a fan of the character of Elektra neither, but the fact that actor is French makes me happy ^^’ (I probably saw her in one of the TV shows she played, but I do not remember her much…). She does look the part, though !

  6. My 2 cents:
    Elodie Yung as Elektra is awesome. Great casting. Elektra is far from my favorite character either, but I enjoy her when done right. I know I’m in the minority, but I’ll repeat what I’ve said in the past, I hope they just make her a full villain not some murderous anti-hero.

    Season 2 already filming. Wow, it doesn’t seem that long ago when Cox was first announced and people where freaking out everywhere.

    Soule and Garney.
    I’m very excited and looking forward to a return to gritty noir. Also greatly looking forward to Matt practicing law again after a certain recent/current writer felt courtroom stuff wasn’t dramatic or interesting. I’ve read some debate elsewhere about whether it makes sense for Matt to be an ADA instead of a defense attorney. I can see both perspectives, but I like the change as its something new to explore. It might work, it might not.

    The secret identity is what worries me. I’m a fan of it being restored, but I fear Marvel is going to “One More Day” Daredevil instead of starting fresh. Soule talks in his interviews about acknowledging and drawing on what Waid and others have done so it seems its not going to be a restart. So that means it will come down to really two options:
    1) In the “All New Marvel” Matt’s identity was never made public and this is a totally new timeline/reality/universe/whatever. This is not conducive to keeping any of the stories from the last 15 years as having happened to Matt as they all are a direct result of him being outed. This is Marvel of course which said that all of Spiderman’s stories still happened the same way even though he and MJ weren’t ever married which is total bullshit.
    or
    2) Some magic silliness wipes the knowledge from everyone’s minds so no one really remembers the last years, which again is silliness.

  7. I really hate the idea of Matt being a prosecutor. Having him become a cog in the machine that incarcerates a higher percent of our population than any nation in recorded history, a machine that is very much wielded disproportionately against the poor, the mentally ill, and people of color. Popular media in this country has always lionized the long arm of the law. Daredevil was one of few places you could see the other side get a little credit, where you could occasionally see someone fighting for the little guy.

    On top of all of that, is Matt going to step outside the law to get evidence? It’s one thing for an outside party to do so, another for a sworn servant of the people. Any case he participates in is in jeopardy of being overturned if his identity is revealed again.

    I think this is a horrible move that turns Matt into a completely unethical character. My only hope is that this is explored on the page and that this new status quo is short-lived.

  8. Does Soule (who purports to be an attorney) have any idea how fabulously unpopular America’s prosecutors have become?! American prosecutors are not champions of justice – they are the primary persecutors of minority group members and are chiefly responsible for the nation’s overpopulated prison system!! American prosecutors do not enforce the law – they wield like a weapon against the poverty-stricken and the downtrodden. Matthew Murdock – my hero since childhood – would never even CONTEMPLATE assuming such a role! Matt does not oppress people – he emancipates and protects them. Soule clearly has no understanding whatsoever of the character. Soule is jeopardizing the character’s popularity by even suggesting that he become a prosecutor. Even if this move only proves ephemeral, the consequences will be dire.

    Restoring Matt’s secret identity is long overdue, and Bendis should never have robbed the character of his mystique to begin with. This is a wise decision. But Matthew Murdock would NEVER, EVER be an active participant in a system that ravages minority communities and imprisons people for insignificant drug offenses. NEVER. EVER. This will be the character’s undoing.

  9. The rant continues. India and China have over a billion inhabitants respectively – the two most heavily populated countries in the world. But the United States (with roughly 300 million inhabitants) has more people incarcerated than either of these countries! Why? Because of the conduct of America’s overzealous, overly ambitious prosecutors, that’s why! Eager to gain a foothold in a law firm, these @#! – the vast majority of whom graduated from lesser institutions – focus entirely on convicting as many people as possible. They are fueled by career aspirations, not a commitment to justice. Matthew Michael Murdock is a graduate of an Ivy League law school and is a champion of justice. The mere suggestion that Matt become a prosecutor is profoundly offensive to longtime fans. Prosecutors are the kind of villains Matt should be waging a struggle AGAINST, not aligning himself with!

  10. I find it odd that the comic is so out of step with the Netflix show. You’d think they would complement each other.

    Comic: Matt in SF in the red suit with Kristen as his GF. Netflix: Matt in NYC in black Underarmor gear and Karen Page as a platonic friend and hooking up with Rosario Dawson.

    Comic later this year: Matt a prosector with a semi-side kick and a new bad guy. Netflix in 2016: Matt a defense attorney with Elektra and the Punisher.

  11. I’ve been so out of the loop the past couple of months with marvel (due to the embarrassment that is Secret Wars) that I had no idea that the atrocity that is Waid and Samnee is finally coming to an end. I am so f’in psyched that Soule is taking over the pen and Garney with the brush. Pretty sure its going to be amazing. Although, it won’t take much to impress me after the garbage we’ve had to endure with Waid and Samnee. I can’t believe that it was allowed to go on as long as it did. Honestly, I almost considered giving up on my favorite character in all of comics. Thank you Marvel for finally making a change. I won’t be reading any of your other jump the shark, sell out, disney-corporate-conglomerate-greed-driven books, but I’ll stick to the man without fear so long as Soule can do the book some justice that it hasn’t seen for years (kinda like Matt fighting for justice in NYC again). Love it!

  12. ::: notes Harrison Kaufman did not like the Waid and Samee team :::

    OK, fine, but you know, some of us don’t find that run quite so terrible as you do.

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