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Elektra - Preview



Preview by: Jack Foley

THERE seems to be no end to super-hero movies at the moment, following the success of franchises such as Spider-Man, X-Men and Hellboy in 2004.

Looking ahead to 2005 and beyond, we have a new Superman to look forward to, as well as a new Batman, plus the further adventures of Spidey and Wolverine and co. Yet there is still room for more, it seems.

First off the blocks will be Elektra, a spin-off to Dare-Devil, which revives (almost literally) one of the key characters from that film.

Dare-Devil, of course, featured Ben Affleck as a blind, crime-fighting super-hero, whose love affair with the equally kick-ass Elektra (Jennifer Garner) was cruelly cut short by Colin Farrell's psychopath, Bullseye.

Anyone who thought they had seen the last of Elektra, however, would be wrong, particularly as she was one of the best things about Dare-Devil.

Elektra therefore picks up some time after her demise in Dare-Devil, as she is revived by a group of assassins, known as The Order of the Hand, who helped train her in the first place.

However, when the Hand's current leader, Kirigi, orders her to kill a man, Mark Miller (ER's Goran Visnjic), and his 13-year-old daughter, Abby (Kristin Prout), Elektra falls in love with him instead and makes a stand against the assassin.

However, as is often the case, the path to Kirigi is not an easy one, and Elektra must also take on the might of the leader's lethal quartet, including Tengu and a certain Typhoid Mary (Natassia Malthe).

Much has been made of the latter, in particular, as it features an eagerly-anticipated kissing sequence between the two actresses.

According to a recent report on USA Today, Typhoid Mary is, by day, an ordinary woman, who is transformed at night into a knife-wielding psycho capable of spreading typhoid with her breath.

The scene in question with Garner was shot over two days in Vancouver on a bed of dead leaves and already has fans of the Marvel Comic Books on which it is based hot under the collar.

Malthe, a former ballet dancer, told USA Today: "I basically had to float through the air, landing on top of her. But this is not a sexual act. I want to kill her."

Ironically, Malthe confessed to having a cold on the day in question, so was equally concerned about not infecting Garner with her germs - particularly as she had to return to the set of Alias pretty soon after.

Fortunately, everything went to plan and no germs were spread.

One of the other talking points in the film is Elektra's costume, which, according to director, Rob Bowman, has been changed from the comic slightly.

"We didn't do it verbatim from the comic because she would look like a hooker," he told Empire magazine.

However, he promises that Garner remains true to the 'badass' nature of the comic book character throughout the movie and even gets more weapons to play with - including a rather nifty bow and arrow to match her prowess with the sais.

The film is due for a simultaneous release in the UK and US on January 14, 2005.

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