Marvel’s live action series Daredevil was released earlier this year to critical acclaim and was extremely popular with not only Marvel fans, but also with comic book fans the world over. The next entry into Marvel’s live action Netflix series will be ‘Jessica Jones‘ and while the character isn’t the most well known, Marvel is nonetheless excited about the series and hopes to continue the success that Daredevil achieved this year. And while DD had a dark and gritty feel to it, fans can expect Jessica Jones to have a very different tone.
Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb spoke about the series at this year’s TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour and stated that the Jessica Jones series will head into a different direction from what we’ve seen in Daredevil.
“When we first sat down and started talking about ‘Daredevil,’ what we said was, for all intents and purposes, it was a crime drama first and a superhero show second. One of the things we’ve talked a lot about is that ‘Jessica’ is in many ways a psychological thriller first and then a superhero show second.”
He also spoke on the villain in the series Killgrave’s impact in the show, comparing it to Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin who was a huge part of the success to the Daredevil series. Loeb believes that Killgrave as the villain will also impress fans the same way Kingpin did.
“In the same kind of way Vincent D’Onofrio owned his half of ‘Daredevil, you’ll see David Tennant own his half of ‘Jessica Jones.’… What you get out of ‘Jessica’ is a sort of hold-your-breath tension as to what’s going to happen. When you see the dynamic between Krysten Ritter and David Tennant… that question of ‘What’s going to happen next?’ and ‘What could happen next?’ and how that’s driven by character is something that is so important to not just the scripts but also the way the show is shot, and the way that everyone reacts, and the way those two react with each other.”
Executive producer of the series Melissa Rosenberg also spoke about the Jessica Jones character, describing how she stands out and differs from other heroes in the Marvel Universe.
“Jessica is about paying rent, getting the next client. She’s dealing with a fairly dark past. She’s trying to get through the day. She’s not really trying to save the city, she’s trying to save her apartment. At her core, she wants to do something good. She wants to contribute to the world. But there are a lot of personality issues for her that can get in the way…Jessica Jones is a brawler. She gets drunk, she gets pissed off, and boom, you’re down. She doesn’t wear a costume, she doesn’t have a mask. She’s just who she is.”
The series will follow Jessica Jones as she attempts to rebuild her personal life and career following a tragic ending to her short lived superhero career. Working as a detective she keeps getting pulled into cases that involve people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones premieres on Netflix later on this year, presumably sometime during the fall.
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