Sunday, May 10, 2015

Podcast: Elektra (2005)

On the heels of Free Comic Book Day and the release of the new Avengers movie, here's a comic movie most people barely remember: Elektra! When fearless assassin Elektra (Jennifer Garner) is tasked with assassinating a hunky father and his middle-school-aged daughter, will she be able to carry out the assignment, or will she wuss out? And what will she do when the Hand calls in a hit squad led by Kirigi (Torque's Will Yun Lee) to finish off the father/daughter? Probably engage them in karate fights!

Some Notes:
  • The movie has a lot in common with the Netflix Daredevil show, which we both recommend. Like the show, it's full of karate fights in the dark and ninjas. And Stick shows up.
  • Only Elektra, Stick, and Kirigi are recognizable from their comics counterpart; an assassin named Typhoid the same first name as Daredevil love interest/villain Typhoid Mary, but is completely different in looks, powers, and personality. Wikipedia also thinks "Tattoo" is a reference to a Grant Morrison character created in 2001, but it is wrong.
  • After getting zero writing credit for 2003's Daredevil, Frank Miller was given a "based on the characters by" writing credit. When you take into account his influence on films like Daredevil and Batman Begins, it becomes apparent he's had more comics he created turned into film than anyone not named Jack Kirby.

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