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Elodie Yung has been cast as Elektra, performing alongside Charlie Cox in the Netflix series. Returning for a second season in 2016, the much-lauded show recently announced that Jon Bernthal (of The Walking Dead) will be playing The Punisher, a popular antagonist from the comics. With such a talented cast, it sounds like season 2 will be even better than the first!
Elektra has a long history in the comics
Often defined by her quest for vengeance, Elektra is a bit on an antihero. She often seeks to combat evil and corruption, but her successes often come at the cost of her humanity.
Knowing that The Punisher will also be a part of the second season, it wounds like the writers will be exploring the themes of heroism that they laid the groundwork for in season one: is it possible to be a good person AND a hero? When there's an element of duplicity essential in having a separate hero persona, it seems like Matt (aka Daredevil) is going to struggle with making the right choices- it seems sometimes like there ARE no good choices, only less bad ones.
The first season is a tough act to follow, but this theme is really rich and it seems like the team of talented storytellers is definitely on the right track!
Kudos to Netflix for casting a woman of color in the role.
There's scare representation for women of color in the media, including Asian women. Yung, who is of French and Cambodian descent, is an extremely talented actress, and I'm sure she'll do the character justice. In the comics, the character was originally Greek (paying homage to the mythological origins of the character), and it's really rare to see a comics character cast this way.
The last time we saw Elektra on screen, she was played by Jennifer Garner and the reviews of the film were mixed but mostly poor. While I think the confusing writing of the film had a lot to do with the negative criticism, audiences generally receive diverse casting very positively. I'm definitely curious about what direction they'll take with the character. Can anyone else believe how long we have to wait for season two?!