Female superheroes can't catch a break. For the most part, Hollywood's struggled to adapt comic book heroines for the big screen. Case in point: 2005's Elektra. The film grossed $24 million domestically and only $32 million overseas. It was a certified flop that still haunts screenwriter-turned-director Stu Zicherman.
While at the Sundance Film Festival, Zicherman spoke to Badass Digest about his Elektra experience. As you might suspect, it wasn't pleasant.
"Elektra is one of the reasons I got into television," Zicherman revealed. "I spent a year writing the movie, and it was supposed to be this gigantic movie, and then they decide they're not going to make an $80 million movie, they're going to make a $30 million movie, they bring in a director we didn't know, you get fired, someone else comes in and rewrites the entire movie, but you still get credit because you wrote the first draft. Then you go to the premiere in Las Vegas, and 30 seconds into the movie you're like, 'Oh, [expletive].'"
Elektra came and went, but it left a lasting impression on Zicherman's career. He said, "I literally, to this day, am still so embarrassed by that movie. I probably shouldn't say this, but I know Jennifer Garner is too. She hired us to write the movie, which was pitched as something much more smart and sophisticated ... it's a blemish. "
Daredevil is free and clear of Fox, but the studio still has its hooks in Elektra. She's a character we'd love to see redeemed.