Brian Michael Bendis Calls ‘Jessica Jones’ Netflix Series ‘Faithful and Lively’
Like Daredevil before it, Marvel’s Jessica Jones has been mostly under wraps over the course of production, leaving fans eager for a taste of Netflix’s next Defenders series. And while Marvel itself isn’t budging on a release date, Jessica Jones co-creator Brian Michael Bendis is almost bursting with praise of the new series, including our new Luke Cage.
Asked if he was brought in to consult on the new series, Bendis answered over his Tumblr that he’d corresponded with showrunner Melissa Rosenberg a bit, but was otherwise uninvolved in adapting the Netflix series. Still, having created Jones alongside artist Michael Gaydos in 2001 comic Alias, Bendis still had immense praise for the new series:
I know I’ve been very low-key on talking about to Jessica Jones TV show but I think I have to stop doing that because I can’t hold it any longer. I’m going to burst. The show is so good. I have seen the first couple of episodes and because i didn’t work on it directly i can say this with full no ego fanfare: i loved it!!
and believe me, i was going to be the hardest on it. harder than any of you.
jessica is a part of my DNA. A bad jessica jones show would have hurt me deeply.
BUT it is faithful and lively and everything that I could personally have wanted from the show. the mean streets of marvel netflix from a different perspective than matt’s but at the same time… it all fits. just like the comics on their best day. and just like Netflix DD, the look of the show is cracklin’ noir but with its own palette.
i did not work on the show because I’m working on Powers, and I can’t be everywhere, and also the show was ALWAYS in very very very good hands. I had read the very first drafts of Melissa Rosenberg’s pilot when it was at ABC and i was so flattered by her faithfulness and just getting why we made the book in the first place. i met with the assembled writer’s room and had the surreal experience of finally being in a room where i knew the answers to people’s question.
krysten ritter is soooo good. and michael colter. wait until you see michael colter. the casting of luke cage, in my opinion, and have said this to everyone behind the scenes, is as strong and spot on as the casting of tony stark. its probably the hardest to cast and they got it. perfect.
i can’t wait to see the rest and i can’t wait for you to see it too. i’m VERY proud to have my name on it. and i loved emailing michael gaydos the good news.
So reads Marvel’s
AKA Jessica Jones official synopsis:
After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.
In addition to Krysten Ritter in the title role, Marvel’s Jessica Jones also features among its cast Mike Colter as fellow future Defender Luke Cage, Doctor Who favorite David Tennant as the villainous Zebediah Kilgrave, Carrie-Anne Moss as “Harper” and Transformers star Rachael Taylor as Patsy “Hellcat” Walker. Run creatively by Melissa Rosenberg, the series also features in recurring roles Eka Darville as Jessica’s neighbor, Erin Moriarty as a client, and Wil Traval as a police officer.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones remains on track for a later 2015 premiere, which recent rumors suggest may involve a number of Daredevil cameos, but what should we make of Bendis’ report? Will Jessica Jones prove strong enough to earn a second season of its own, or will Mike Colter’s apparently breakout Luke Cage provide the connective tissue?
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