Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ Bosses Talk Power Reduction, ‘Daredevil’ Comparisons
Netflix’s appearance at the TCA press tour didn’t yield an official premiere date for Marvel’s Jessica Jones, though showrunner Melissa Rosenberg was only too happy to share Netflix’s next Defender. Not only do we have a sense of how Jessica Jones’ powers will translate to the MCU, but also how the second series will distinguish itself from the darker Daredevil.
Where the character of Jessica Jones emerged in Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias comics as a down-and-out superhero graced with super-strength and a limited ability to fly, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg previewed to E! Online how Krysten Ritter’s iteration would function as a Hell’s Kitchen hero, particularly compared with Daredevil:
Our reality is extremely grounded. If you read the Alias comic books, it’s Jessica Jones on the toilet with her pants around her ankles. Jessica Jones did not train in martial arts, she’s a street brawler. If you piss her off, boom, she kicks you.
She doesn’t fly but she can jump many stories, and she lands really badly, which is why she doesn’t do it too often. And the less you see it, the more believable it is. There will be fights in every episode and they’ll get bigger and bigger and bigger but that’s not my priority. That’s not the nature of the story. This show is more character driven than anything like a scene in that universe.
As to how Jessica Jones would fit in tonally with the darker MCU corner established by Daredevil, Rosenberg invoked David Tennant’s Zebediah Kilgrave in telling Collider:
When you see the dynamic between Krysten Ritter and David Tennant, who plays our villain, that question of what’s going to happen next and what could happen next and how that’s driven by character is something that’s so important, not just to the script, but to the way that the show is shot and the way that everybody reacts and the fact that there are two actors reacting with each other.
In the same kind of way that Vincent D’Onofrio owned his half of Daredevil, you’ll see David Tennant own his half of Jessica Jones. You’re continually finding this incredible balance. There are times when there are questions about what the villain is doing, and you will be uncomfortably okay, or not so much against what he’s doing, until you go, “Oh, no, you’re really the villain. You really are a horrible person.” That’s the magic of it.
And Jessica is incredibly damaged, and justifiably so. One of the things they’ve worked so hard at and really delivered on, and that Krysten delivers in her performance, is that you really do understand who she is and where she comes from, and what each of us might have done in that similar situation.
That’s when Marvel sparkles, when you, as the viewer, have a connection on a level that has nothing to do with powers, nothing to do with costumes, and nothing to do with comic books, but has everything to do with being a human being.
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 also has recent rumors suggesting a number of Daredevil cameos, but what should we expect from the late 2015 premiere?
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