Daredevil season 2: new teaser clip, Silence Of The Lambs influence
Daredevil season 2 is now online, which hasn't stopped Netflix from continuing its hefty promotional push...
Daredevil season 2 is online now. But Netflix isn't slowing down its promotional push, just in case you still need convincing to log in to the streaming service and start watching. Here's a new vigilante-stuffed teaser clip...
On top of this, Karen actress Deborah Ann Woll has been discussing her role in season 2. What she's said could be deemed a tiny bit spoiler-y, so don't read on if you want to go in completely cold.
Karen spends a fair bit of time with The Punisher apparently, and Woll has taken inspiration for these scenes from Thomas Harris’ first Hannibal Lecter novel The Silence Of The Lambs. Here’s what she said to CBR:
"One of the first things I did when I knew that was the direction they were going was, I reread Silence of the Lambs, because for me, that felt very similar to this. In a way, he is a mentor for her, even though he may do things that she doesn't agree with, or he does them in a way that she finds to be too violent, or unjust, or illegal. He still represents someone who is trying to make a difference, who is doing it his own way. So the relationship can be one of admiration, and distaste. It's a very interesting, complex relationship."
And how has Karen changed since season 1? "Well, even as simple as something as posture”, Woll says, “you look at Karen at the beginning of the first season, and it's this beaten down woman who tried to do something right. She tried to blow the whistle on what she thought was embezzlement that ended up being connected to something so much bigger. They tried to beat her down, and she wouldn't let them."
Daredevil season 2 fight scene: Charlie Cox teases 'hallway' homage
The hallway fight scene from episode 2 of Daredevil's first season was an absolute showstopper, and the moment when most of us banished any lingering doubts about Marvel/Netflix’s new joint enterprise. The day before season 2 launched, as if we weren’t hyped enough already, Charlie Cox teased a new homage to this iconic fist-fight sequence.
"What was nice about doing that scene is it was almost exactly a year off from the [original 'one-shot'] sequence, and I remember thinking, 'Wow, this is a tall order", the Matt Murdock/Daredevil actor told TV Line.
He continued: "Obviously we’re going to try to 'pay homage' to the scene from episode 2, season 1 — is that something we should even attempt? But I had complete trust in Phil Silvera, the stunt coordinator, and [stunt double] Chris Brewster, who are really the best in the trade at what they do.
"It was very, very hot in New York [during shooting], and [the homage scene] begins with me carrying Jon Bernthal over my shoulder for about a minute and a half — and that guy is heavy, pure muscle!
"So before I even threw a punch or a kick, I was sweating through my suit. It was a huge challenge for everyone, including the camera operator, because most of it takes place in a stairwell, but it’s one of my great memories of season 2, and the thing I’m most excited for the fans to see."
Daredevil season 2 lands on Netflix tomorrow. Here's our spoiler-free review of the series to get you even more hyped.
Daredevil season 2: premiere date, UK and USA
It's out now! Netflix's global release of Daredevil season 2 took place on Friday the 18th of March at 12:01am. All 13 episodes are online now.
Daredevil season 2: full-length trailers
Here's the final trailer for Daredevil season 2...
Prior to the new one, Netflix released the second official full-length trailer for Daredevil season 2, showcasing the growing threat from the Yakuza and the relationship between Matt Murdock and Elodie Yung's Elektra...
Previously, the first full trailer for Daredevil season 2 arrived (here's our breakdown of it), giving us a long look at Jon Bernthal's Punisher in action. You'd best watch it quickly, because as the trailer tells us, Hell's Kitchen is about to explode...
Daredevil season 2: teaser clips
IGN has released this short interview clip, featuring Charlie Cox discussing Daredevil season 2’s scripts and how the introduction of The Punisher differs from Matt Murdock's previous battle against Kingpin, which dominated season 1 of the Mavel/Netflix collaboration...
Here's the latest teaser clip for Daredevil season 2, which introduces us to The Punisher, Elektra and Matt Murdock's new crime-fighting suit, as well as highlighting the differences in costume and ideology between these three vigilantes...
— Netflix ANZ (@NetflixANZ) March 9, 2016
Marvel Studios previously shared this new 'motion poster' thingy, via Twitter, teasing the addition of Jon Bernthal's The Punisher to Netflix's Daredevil season 2...
— Daredevil (@Daredevil) February 23, 2016
Additionally, if this next teaser trailer is anything to go by, Daredevil season 2 won’t be the happiest of times for Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock. He’s been chained up on a rooftop by none other than Jon Bernthal’s The Punisher, and it’s likely that Marvel Comics' iconic grumpy gunslinger has something more brutal in mind than a loving recreation of The Hangover's ending...
We have also seen a few other teaser clips for Daredevil season 2, including this Chinese New Year tie-in teaser trailer told us that "the time has come to settle all debts"...
Everyone has a debt to pay. Have you paid yours? Happy Chinese New Year from Hell's Kitchen.https://t.co/EiqfyMRSg4
— Daredevil (@Daredevil) February 7, 2016
Before this we got what Netflix dubbed "a motion date announcement" (essentially, a sort of posh video announcing the show’s return date)…
And, even earlier still, Netflix unleashed this teaser trailer at the New York Comic-Con, which blends a tiny bit of new footage with lots of old stuff…
Daredevil season 2 synopsis
There has been no official synopsis released for Daredevil season 2 just yet. Our best guesses at the story of season 2 can be found by clicking here, though, in the meantime.
We can also tell you that season 2 will follow Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock and his crew of supporting characters (including Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page, Elden Henson’s Foggy Nelson, Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple, and even a returning Stick played again by Scott Glenn) facing off against some new threats. These will include The Punisher…
Daredevil season 2 new characters: The Punisher and Elektra
As you can see in the gallery above, we've now got a better look at Elodie Yung's Elektra in her Daredevil season 2 criminal-clobbering clobber, thanks to a new official image. This snazzy 'motion poster' has also been released, showing her kicking some ass in that very same costume...
— Daredevil (@Daredevil) February 24, 2016
Elodie Yung said this to Collider about her role in the series:
"We think Elektra is a sociopath. 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 will. She has this coldness in her, and I tried to keep that. But on the other hand, we wanted to create a character with different layers. I think Elektra isn’t a bad person, but she’s not a good person. She’s a person with different traits, with layers, and she’s seeking who she is. In this season, there’s an arc to her story. Hopefully, she’ll find we’ll find out who she is, by the end of it."
Two big new characters will be joining Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil for season 2 – Jon Bernthal of The Walking Dead will play iconic Marvel Comics antihero The Punisher, while Elodie Yung of G.I. Joe: Retaliation will play Elektra, a sword-wielding superhero from Matt’s past.
Season 2 co-showrunner Doug Petrie spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming episodes, and had this to say about the seemingly inevitable clash between Daredevil and The Punisher...
“Viewers watching the show will be rooting for this guy with a gun but we’re also going to force people — the way we force Matt — to second-guess themselves. […] Taking lethal justice into your own hands in America in 2015 is tricky sh*t. We have not shied away from the rich complicated reality of Now. If you’ve got a gun and you’re not the police you’re going to incite strong feelings. We’re stirring the pot and we’re aware of the headlines where we live and we’re trying to get people to think.”
Speaking to Collider, the other co-showrunner Marco Ramirez said this when asked if The Punisher would be the primary antagonist of the series…
“Because we knew, early on, that we had The Punisher and Elektra, we knew we didn’t want to repeat Season 1. It was Daredevil: Year One and Wilson Fisk: Year One. By the end of the season, he was a completely different person than he was at the beginning.”
“We knew we had 13 episodes [for season 2], so we wanted to find the coolest story we could do with these three characters and make the story feel really vibrant and alive in ways that are exciting to us. Most importantly, we wanted to make sure everything runs through Matt because it could easily become The Punisher story or the Elektra story that Matt cameos in, and not vice versa.”
“So, we built it like a Matt story, in terms of what we wanted to put him through, where we wanted to get him, by the end of the season, and what we wanted to have him learn about himself, and we used an Elektra and Frank story throughout, to get him there. We’re really proud of that and we really think it works.”
They’re certainly make all the right noises, aren’t they? Both The Punisher and Elektra could be great additions to the show. Stephen Ride is also joining the cast, as a district attorney by the name of Blake Tower.
Daredevil season 2: The Punisher scene description
Empire Magazine's April 2016 issue features this scene description (written by Chris Hewitt), teasing a very fragile alliance between Charlie Cox's Daredevil and this brutal new vigilante:
"The actor playing Man Justifiably Terrified By The Punisher wrenches open the door and limps through the cabin into his chambers. After a beat, Bernthal - assault rifle in the ready position - follows. Gunfire is exchanged, and the scene ends with The Punisher standing over the man as he begs for his life. Bernthal takes out a handgun and puts it in the man's mouth. Lost in character, Bernthal calls the man a 'cocksucker.'
"And then, just as Frank is about to Castle the poor chap, in barges Charlie Cox as that do-gooding Daredevil. "GET OUTTA HERE RED!" yells Bernthal, a line which tells us that, though their methods are different, The Punisher and Daredevil have formed an alliance of sorts. What happens next - Castle leaping up and pushing Daredevil out of the room - tells us that alliance is fairly brittle."
Daredevil season 2: Marvel Cinematic Universe connectivity
How will Daredevil season 2 fit into the MCU at large? Well, Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple will appear again, having jumped ships to Jessica Jones back in November 2015. This might not be the only connective tissue that Daredevil season 2 shares with Jessica Jones, either.
By the looks of this teasing clip, the indestructible superhero Luke Cage – who debuted in Jessica Jones and will get his own Netflix series soon - has taken over Josie's Bar, where the Daredevil crew enjoy hanging out a lot of the time…
If Luke Cage does pop up in Daredevil season 2, it’ll mark another step towards The Defenders, a crossover series (release date unconfirmed) which will eventually unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist for a huge team-up adventure on Netflix.
There’s also a strong chance that Jon Bernthal’s The Punisher could spin out into his own solo series. According to reports, this isn’t outside the realms of possibility. In fact, any character ‘could spin out’ apparently. Watch this space!