One of the big differences between Marvel’s two Netflix series was consistency. While “Jessica Jones” remained at a fairly sustained quality throughout, its predecessor “Daredevil” was much more up and down – tedious in ways ‘Jones’ wasn’t at points, but truly excelling in ways ‘Jones’ never did either.
One of those high points was the fight scenes, the most famous being the single take hallway fight in the second episode which just astonished. Not just impressive in its choreography and filming techniques, but the fight itself was brutal and showed something you rarely see in Hollywood fight scenes – the hero actually getting tired, injured and drained.
Now, speaking with IGN, series star Charlie Cox talked about the action in the upcoming second season and says there’s one sequence that plays like that hallway fight – but “on crack”. He also talked about what made that first season fight so special:
“Because it [the first season hallway fight] was shot in one [take], when we were shooting it – and my stunt double [Chris Brewster] did much more of it than I did – everyone was so tired. There was periods of time in the fight there were moments when he was leaning against the wall. That’s something people forget to do when they edit a fight scene. That’s what made it so real for me. If you get in a fight, that’s what it’s like.
In terms of this [second] 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.”
Jon Bernthal, who stars as vengeful vigilante Frank Castle (The Punisher) this season, says the action will also be more varied and interesting:
“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. 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.”
The second season of “Daredevil” hits Netflix on March 18th.