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“Daredevil’s” Elodie Yung Calls Elektra A “Sociopath,” Hints At Classic Costume

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“Daredevil’s” Elodie Yung Calls Elektra A “Sociopath,” Hints At Classic Costume

Yesterday saw “Daredevil” give its presentation at the winter 2016 TCAs, wherein the Netflix show’s cast and producers opened up about what’s to come in season two. The batch of episodes will see two major Marvel Comics characters added to the cast: Jon Bernthal’s Punisher and Elodie Yung’s Elektra.

Yung spoke about her character, an ex-girlfriend of Matt Murdock’s that returns to his life in the form of a steely assassin. “I think, you know, what I tried to capture by reading the comics is I wanted to keep the coldness,” said Yung at the TCAs on Sunday. “And we had conversations at length with [showrunners] Doug [Petrie] and Marco [Ramirez]. We think Elektra is kind of a sociopath, you know. She’s — this world is a game for her. It’s like a chess game, and what motivates her is what she wants. She’ll use anything she needs to use to get to her goal, and if she needs to kill people, she would, you know. She has this coldness and this sociopath in her, and I tried to keep that, really. But, on the other hand, we wanted to create a character with different layers. And I think — I think Elektra isn’t a bad person. She’s not a good person. She’s a person with different traits, with layers, and she’s seeking for who she is. So, really, in this season, there’s an arc to her story, and hopefully, she’ll find — we’ll find out who she is really by the end of it.”


Considering that it took Daredevil almost all of season one to acquire his superhero suit, many people wanted to know if Elektra would receive a similar comic-inspired outfit at some point during season two.

“There’s definitely a costume,” replied Yung. Showrunner Marco Ramirez chimed in, adding, “Yes, she wears clothes.”

All kidding aside, showrunner Doug Petrie weighed in on the costume issue, saying that “the short answer is you are going to have to watch, but we were very, very aware of it.”

He then went into the thought process behind Elektra’s costume — even if he remained coy about how close to the comics it would hew. “And I think what we were thinking first and foremost were two questions. One was what looks cool? How much do we love the comics? And can we do that?” asked Petrie. “And then, also, in terms of bringing Elodie in and kind of her martial arts training, which is so evident in what she does and who she is as a character, what would you really fight in? What would protect you? And, also, Elektra isn’t just about protection. She’s a little bit of a stylist. So we threw all of that into the mix.”

“Daredevil” season two debuts on Netflix on March 18.