!!The comic character:
* BrokenBase: Her ''ComicBook/MarvelNOW2016'' look, which is based off of her Netflix ''Series/Daredevil2015'' look. There are some who are upset that they dumped her iconic look in favor of [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU synergy]] though many see it as a step-up, finally dumping the HighlyVisibleNinja and bathing suit leotard look for something a lot more practical if perhaps boring. Some feel, though, that they could have compromised and given her the uniform she wore at the end of the ''ComicBook/AgentsOfSHIELD'' comic book.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Originally Elektra was just a normal girl who ended up going down a very dark path after the tragedy of losing her father. In the ''Man Without Fear'' miniseries showing how Matt Murdock became Daredevil, she's portrayed as having always been a psychopath, hearing voices and intentionally going looking for trouble so she could murder her assailants. In an odd parallel to [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle's]] prostitute past from ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', this is one part of an otherwise well-regarded series that a lot of fans would prefer to ignore.

!!The film:
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Jennifer Garner's bod and her [[GirlOnGirlIsHot making out with]] Typhoid are widely considered the only good parts about this movie.
* CriticalResearchFailure: At one point Elektra says the sai is "An offensive weapon. For killing." While it can be used as a stabbing weapon, a sai's primary purpose is ''defensive.'' It's designed for disarming and breaking swords.
* IronWoobie: Regardless of how you feel about the films she's appeared in, Elektra has not had a good life. She saw her mother murdered when little, grew up with a strict father who put her through rigorous training since childhood, sees her father murdered, mistakenly injures her boyfriend, is humiliated by her father's killer before being killed herself, resurrected by a former sensei only to be kicked out of the school because of her rage issues and became an assassin for hire while still being haunted by her past. And she is never seen reunited with Matt or getting to avenge her father.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: In the Daredevil film, Elektra was killed by Bullseye. Now, one would believe this is what the spin-off movie would have been about: Elektra would hunt Bullseye down. Combine that with her becoming an assassin solely to have the funds and resources to find, as well as demonstrating more of Bullseye's [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty attraction to her in the first film]] to mess her up and other connections to the first film and you might have had a decent spin-off. Instead, it's a totally different movie, leaving her vengeance plot unresolved. Likewise, this doubles as a missed opportunity for any more HamAndCheese and LoveToHate from Creator/ColinFarrell.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa turned in a very subtle and cool performance as Roshi.
* WTHCostumingDepartment: Elektra's red outfit has been mocked for being a less revealing version of her outfit from ''Daredevil'' while being a bright red in an attempt to be closer to the comics. The end result, as one website put it, is basically a "mom's attempt at looking sexy".