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Netflix has officially announced the premiere date for the second season: March 18th, one week earlier than first reported/rumored.
ComicBook.com reports that the second season of Daredevil will launch on Netflix on March 26, the same day that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to hit theaters.
This is the second time a Marvel project has gone head-to-head with this particular DC film, the first being Captain America: Civil War. Early in process, both movies were set to release on the same day: May 6. But DC eventually decided to move off that date and stake a claim in March, shifting their date by five weeks.
Comparing a theatrical film release with a cable television debut might be comparing apples to oranges, but as ComicBook points out, it could affect the general audience, who are now looking at a choice between getting out of the house and paying money for a 2.5-hour movie that might or might not be good, or staying home with a service already paid for and binge-watching a proven performer when it comes to story.
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Fans of Marvel’s Daredevil don’t have very much longer to wait for the second season.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the show will return to Netflix in March 2016, and they’ve included stills from the show that give us our first looks at Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle (The Punisher) and Elodie Yung as Elektra.
New showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez plan to accelerate the pace of the show while retaining the pieces of the formula that made the first season work so well. “The advantage of any sequel is you can dive right in,” Petrie says. “We hit the ground running and then we ran as fast as we f—ing could.”
Ramirez shared with EW that the production team discussed Travis Bickle, Robert DeNiro’s famous ne’er-do-well from Taxi Driver, when developing their concept of the new Punisher. “He has a different moral code,” he says. “Matt is a devout Catholic — and you rarely see a character who’s a devotee anything on TV. Frank has Hammurabi’s Code. It’s like letting a great white shark into the water.”
In the wake of the success of Jessica Jones, the show will also get a little steamier, adding a romantic triangle as Matt Murdock starts to get involved with his associate Karen Page at the same time an old flame resurfaces: Elektra Natchios, mentioned briefly in the first season episode “Nelson v. Murdock”. She was the Greek student in Matt’s Spanish class — and according to Foggy Nelson, the only reason Matt was in Spanish class…
“Matt’s a deeply moral complicated guy and she’s just the best bad girlfriend you can possibly have,” Petrie says. “She does everything wrong and attractive, she’s his id, the wild side. Matt is always taming his wild side. Elektra just lets it out. He’s both repulsed and deeply drawn to that.”
SciFi4Me will continue to cover all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on our podcast, Level Eleventy-Seven, which returns January 19th.