In theaters on February 18th, 2005
At first mention I didn't think much of Elektra. I figured, honestly, who really wants to see a spin-off based on a character that appeared in a comic book adaptation which only rallies a small portion of fan support? But then I realized something. The comic to film adaptation genre needs this film...desperately. As of late, we're plagued with modern cinema which hones in on macho attitudes, cheesy one-liners and an overall feel that leaves audiences with a spectrum of heroicness left exclusively to these muscle bound superheroes. Nothing is left for audiences to take home as a sort of inspiration for themselves.
Many comic book films find their heroes doing heroic deeds just because some ill-fated act fell upon them, transforming them into something supernatural. Left with some superhuman power they decide to take their new found ability and start to protect the people around them...thus becoming a superhero.
In steps Elektra. An assassin for hire. Plagued with an inner struggle to finally do some good. And trained in all the skills she possesses. This is the setup for a different kind of superhero then we are used to in present comic-to-film cinema. A uniqueness that draws from the inner strength of ordinary people, rather then supernatural consequences.
The advent of a female superhero is growing with films like Catwoman and Kill Bill being released. Comic fans and action fans alike obviously have no problem seeing a female action figure take the reigns in the action genre, but from what I've seen in the production of Elektra, I think it's safe for me to say that after this film is released, it will set a whole new standard on the perception of the female heroine, one that will be fully measured against.
Just as my review of Daredevil praises the filmmakers for making a dark and submersive storyline that wasn't afraid to appeal to the more mature audiences out there, I have this same confidence extending to Elektra as well, as the same people behind Daredevil are involved in bringing this heroine to the big screen.
Leading the pack in this ambitious production is the vivacious Rob Bowman, who is serving as director on this project. Bowman's attitude towards the project and direction of cast and crew portrayed a man that knows exactly what he wants. His diligence and conception of the film, it's characters and the abilities of his crew came across in a way that I could only see as a true talent for filmmaking. With this sort of drive and ambition in the driver's seat, I think fans will have a film bestowed upon them which not only can they justify as "the" definition of Elektra, but as well, take away the meaning of a truly gripping film.
Audiences can see Elektra on the big screen this winter when the film hits theaters on February 18th, 2005.