When Daredevil hit Netflix back in April of last year, it didn’t take long for the series to hook fans. If they weren’t sold based on the first episode, there was no doubt that the now famous hallway scene in episode two, “Cut Man”, would manage to sell them. It became one of the most talked about fight scenes within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and managed to land on numerous Top Ten lists in 2015 – including our own – and now it appears that season two is aiming to top it.
While at the TCAs for the Daredevil panel, stars Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil) and Jon Bernthal (Frank Castle/The Punisher) talked about the fight scenes in the second season, as well as how the introduction of both the Punisher and Elektra meant when it came to choreographing fight scenes. One thing that Cox let slip that should make fans happy to hear? They filmed a scene for the second season that he describes as the hallway scene “on crack”.
“In terms of this season, there are a number of really good fights. There is one in particular that I’m really excited about because it’s kind of like an homage to that scene, but it’s almost like that scene on crack,” he told a small group of reporters while promoting Season 2 at Netflix’s 2016 winter TCA press day.
He also explained that they wanted to be sure that the fights meant something – that they served as their own dialogue.
Looking at Season 2, he said, “There is absolutely an attempt to make sure every punch or kick that is thrown is like a line of dialogue; there is motive behind it, there is reason behind it, it means something. I think the writers do a really, really good job to kind of find these sequences so that they fit the story and so they don’t stick out like a sore thumb.”
While Cox teased a homage to the beloved hallway scene, Bernthal briefly spoke on how they went about choreographing the fights for the second season with the introduction of both Elektra (Elodie Yung) and The Punisher. He also sings the praises of the show’s stunt coordinator, Phil Silvera, for making sure the fights “tell a story”.
“I think once you introduce a character like Frank Castle, once you introduce a character like Elektra, the stakes are raised a little bit in terms of the fighting,” Bernthal said. “All of the sudden you’re talking about weapons. Different questions are being brought up. I think what is the genius of Phil Silvera, the fight coordinator and stunt coordinator who choreographs these fights, is the fights are all character-driven and the fights tell a story. It’s not just to look pretty or to look cool.”
Daredevil season two will hit the streaming service on March 18th, 2016.