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January 14 2005

Elektra is back from the dead and she's depressed. "Of course, as any Buffy fan knows, being dead and then brought back to life usually leaves you depressed." Also as any good Buffy fan knows every reviewer is going to compare the Marvel heroine to the Slayer.

The Slayer will of course come out on top, naturally there is no comparison, enough said. Anyway it looks like Elektra will be better off staying dead by the reviews coming in.

I am so sick of reviewers who say Elektra broods too much, hello she's an assassin, not Spider-Man! *roll eyes* Its not supposed to be a feel good, light and happy story.
Agreed Eddy. When the Deadpool movie finally happens you can expect a wisecrack to accompany every guy he kills, that's who Deadpool is after all.

Elektra is supposed to be broody and from the little i've seen so far the movie is very true to the character. Just don't go to see it expecting a laugh a minute, that's all.

By the way, nice to see i'm not the only person in the world who knows that it's Spider-Man and not Spiderman. ;)
"Talk to the hand" - LMAO!
Whoa. Buffy is not easily compared to Elektra.

If you want an Elektra primer and are up for a bit of a comic store treasure hunt, have a look for this mini series by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz. It should also be available in trade paperback.
But herb, don't you realize... Elektra fights, and she's a GIRL! Sometimes... she even beats up guys! Naturally, she and Buffy are just like each other...

My apologies for the intense sarcasm. ;-)
Elektra has always been broody and just....angry. She was in Daredevil...only slightly less because they forgot to add character development.

And RambleOn623...very true... Every girl who kicks butt and beats up guys is always like Buffy. lol
Sad that the film is already getting slammed. I've always loved Elektra - and don't mind Jennifer Garner either, although I still maintain that she's not physically right for the part.
"Sad that the film is already getting slammed. I've always loved Elektra - and don't mind Jennifer Garner either, although I still maintain that she's not physically right for the part."

I second that. Garner is good, but she's got this sweet-yet-athletic-coed thing going on that just doesn't fit Elektra, who should be a steeled, dark-haired panther of a woman who can come across like she has ice water in her veins. There's some absolutely classic comic work on Elektra out there (most by Miller himself, but not even all) and I can already tell this movie is going to be a severely watered down version of it. (Still going to see it, but I think I'll have to consciously cut it loose from the comics)

It always pisses me off when they take great comics work, make a movie based on it, except then take out half of what made the work great, only to then hear people say: "Oh that was a bad movie. Proves that comics suck." Sigh.... This movie won't even be a pimple on Miller's butt, I fear.

And I'm a little tired of every female hero out there being compared to Buffy these days. I don't even know if it's a compliment to the show, or that it simply shows the ignorance of the reviewers. (Elektra has been around far longer than Buffy)

Oh, and I know I'm beating a dead horse, but would it really have been THAT much of an effort to dye Garner's hair black?? Really??
Considering the myriad of different wigs she wears every week on Alias that all look perfect they could've just gone down that route without any problem. Could've even borrowed one from Alias I imagine :)
I have to admit I'm a big Jennifer Garner fan and am really looking forward to this film. There's always going to be problems adapting a comicbook character to the big screen so I generally try to just completely disassociate the two and then try and judge the film on it's own merits - not always possible of course, especially if there's glaring inconsistencies.
Well if
the critics
are to be believed, Paul_Rocks, it looks as though Elektra contains more than its fair share of those glaring inconsistencies you mentioned. I'll probably see it anyway.

EdD nailed it (once again): Elektra should have ice-water in her veins. She's gotta be able to give you the look that says, "I'm going to kill you, it's my job, and it's not going to put me out one tiny bit. In fact, I'll have forgotten about it in 10 minutes' time." JG has this expression that's just a touch, well, simpering. That ain't Elektra. (Still and all, I thought she was OK in Daredevil.)
Yeah SNT I was worried when a trailer I saw seemed to be implying that she now has 2nd sight or at least some ability to predict the future. Now I'm not the biggest Elektra or Daredevil fan and so can't say for sure, but I don't remember anything like that in any of the comics I've read.

I think JG can pull off the look you mention, I'm sure I've seen it a couple of times in Alias, but maybe that's just not what they were going for in this movie?
"it looks as though Elektra contains more than its fair share of those glaring inadequacies you mentioned. I'll probably see it anyway."

Yeah same here. It helps knowing it, going in though. With low expectations, I may yet be pleasantly surprised. Maybe.

"She's gotta be able to give you the look that says, "I'm going to kill you, it's my job, and it's not going to put me out one tiny bit. In fact, I'll have forgotten about it in 10 minutes' time." JG has this expression that's just a touch, well, simpering. That ain't Elektra."

That about sums it up. There should be no 'sweet-girl-next-door' in there. Even before she became a killer, Elektra was never that.

"Still and all, I thought she was OK in Daredevil.)"

Yeah, she was, I know what you mean. But then, her whole part in the DD script was Elektra-unworthy. But then, a lot about that script wasn't what I thought it could've been....
I'm not even that big a comics fan, but the Elektra: Assassin series has spoiled for any other portrayal of the character, in any medium.

So far. :D

[ edited by Kansas on 2005-01-14 22:33 ]
My friend Lisa and I were gonna go see this tonight. She's big into Marvel comics, I'm big into Marvel movie adaptations. I ended up having to work though (yikes, better leave soon). I don't feel like I'm missing much if I have to wait another few days or weeks to see this, or even if I have to wait for it on DVD. The reviews say it's pretty bad. Which could work for me, if true. Most of the reviews I stumbled upon for Daredevil said it was horrible to mediocre, so my expectations were so lowered that when I watched the DVD I didn't think it was half bad. Not nearly as impressive as the Spider-Man or X-Men films, but still worth a look. A big part of my recent enthusiasm for Elektra was that it was originally going to feature the first Serenity teaser (trailer?), but now that honor goes to Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. I would like to see the Fantastic Four trailer that's supposedly playing before Elektra though.
Just saw it. It wasn't bad at all. You do have to let go most of the story you know from the comics, but it works on it's own. Mostly. Rob Bowman has an interesting style.

What I find really interesting though, is that there are starting to be a good number of films set in the Marvel universe, and that leads to the possibility of some decent crossovers. Wolverine and Elektra, DD and Spiderman for instance :)

Oh and Christophe Beck's score is nice and subtle.

[ edited by herb on 2005-01-15 04:55 ]
Yeah a cross-over would be good but unfortunately I don't see it happening. I guess if Elektra does well and the Wolverine solo outing does well then that's probably the best bet. Can't see Daredevil and Spider-Man though, they were stylistically so far. I just hope they continue to make good adaptations :)

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