Daredevil showrunners respond to Frank Miller's negative feelings about their Elektra

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Jan 16, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

About a month ago, Frank Miller was asked if he was watching the Netflix Daredevil series. His response? "No." Pretty definitive, as responses go. And this goes double for Elektra, for whom Frank said, "they can call it whatever you want, but it will  not be the real Elektra."

For clarity's sake (and there are some spoilers here for some old Frank Miller stories), Frank was very particular about Elektra, specifically with regard to her death. He never wanted Elektra to be resurrected and, since Marvel didn't keep to that edict, Miller tends to strafe negative any time a new incarnation of Elektra turns up.

It seems that the producers for Netfllix's Daredevil get that. In an interview with EW, co-runner Doug Petrie was very dipomatic but honest in his response to Miller's comments:

"God bless him, it’s his prerogative. I’m a huge fan of what he did, so the [criticism] doesn’t go both ways. I wouldn’t say, 'What does Frank Miller know?' I’m so inspired by him and what he achieved and I’m trying to take it further and enrich her. She’s an empowered woman with her own agency, she’s nobody’s victim."

And what else can they say, really? Obviously Frank has very intense feelings about Elektra (heck, he refers to himself as "her father") but the truth is, if you're telling a Daredevil story, it just wouldn't make sense not to include Elektra.

(via The Mary Sue)