Elodie Yung is going to own the role of Elektra. Seriously, watching the new trailer for Netflix and Marvel’s second season of Daredevil gives me all of the feels.
Elektra is a character that’s been criminally underused over the years and has existed in a nigh perpetual stasis in the same time. Frank Miller killed her off ages ago, but she’s really never had the chance for rebirth the way that some many (male) characters have had.
So seeing her onscreen and fighting alongside Matt is wonderful! We had some great female characters last season, but you can always use more. Also, I’m still pretty sure the show has yet to pass the Bechdel Test as it’s used so I’m hoping that it’ll do better on that front and not only have the female characters in Daredevil interact with one another, but for them to do so without dealing with them only talking about the men in their respective lives.
Also, obviously, I’m a huge fan of the choice to racebend her character.
However, I’m a bit worried about how they’re going to handle it because Daredevil as a show has some serious issues in how it presents Asian characters (seriously stereotypical bad guys or minions) and now with Elektra in the show I’m worries about issues of objectification and exotification.
Look at how in the trailer, we see her obviously mid-coitus in one of the clips. That’s never happened before and one of the things that I liked about Daredevil that I hated about Jessica Jones was how the former show wasn’t showing onscreen sex scenes and the latter did.
I’m just not a fan and then when it comes to a WOC in this role, I’m worried that humanization will be thrown away in favor of titillation.
BUT! I am still way more excited about this second season of Daredevil and basically everything about it than I was about Jessica Jones. So I’ll probably be fine.
Have you seen the second trailer (if not, click the video up there and watch it)?
Come on and talk to me what you think about the current state of Hell’s Kitchen, the role of the Yakuza in New York, and the way we see Matt’s relationships changing (and not always in a good way) within the trailer.