Of the legions of fans that are eagerly anticipating the March 18th premiere of Marvel/Netflix’s second season of ‘Daredevil,’ it seems long time ‘Daredevil’ scribe and super-hero guru Frank Miller is not amongst them. The man claims to have never watched the Netflix series, and had the following to say about the new Elektra (played by Elodie Yung) appearing on ‘Daredevil’ :
“They can do whatever they want, that is not her.”
To which ‘Daredevil’ writer/ producer Doug Petrie responded with:
“God bless him, it’s his prerogative. I’m a huge fan of what he did, so the [criticism] doesn’t go both ways. I wouldn’t say, ‘What does Frank Miller know?’ I’m so inspired by him and what he achieved and I’m trying to take it further and enrich her. She’s an empowered woman with her own agency, she’s nobody’s victim.”
Of course, no one at ‘Daredevil’ should bat an eye at this statement, as Miller has been well-known to dislike any adaptations of characters he has worked on, even when they are done brilliantly on the big-screen like Christopher Nolan did with his ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy. In Miller’s own words:
“When people come out with movies about characters I’ve worked on, I always hate them. I have my own ideas about what the characters are like. I mean, I can’t watch a Batman movie. I’ve seen pieces of them, but I generally think, ‘No, that’s not him.’ And I walk out of the theater before it’s over.”
So the ‘Daredevil’ people should not be at all upset that Miller does not seem to like their interpretation of Elektra, as I doubt the man would have liked any choice they made about the character. For now, it should be enough that the fans are extremely excited, and as long as the quality stays true to what ‘Daredevil’ Season 1 presented, there will not be many other complaints about the second season of the beloved show.
What are your thoughts on Miller’s comments? Is he just an opinionated old writer clinging to his views of his characters, or does he have a point? Share your opinions in the comments below!