Good Morning Marvel! On Tuesday at the Television Critics Association Press Tour Melissa Rosenberg, the showrunner of upcoming series Jessica Jones, spoke about what they have been doing with the source material. She also emphasised that even though the Daredevil and Jessica Jones shows share a universe they are very much separate entities.
“The mythology of the universe is connected, but they look very different. Tonally, they’re very different… They’re wildly different.”
Daredevil which came out earlier this year to huge critical success was the first of many upcoming Marvel shows produced by Netflix. It currently has an aggregate score of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and 9/10 on IMDb. It has been confirmed that Jessica Jones will be releasing within 2015.
Jessica Jones will star Krysten Ritter who is well known for her roles on Breaking Bad, Gravity and Gilmore Girls. In the comics Jessica Jones is a superhero who sets up a detective agency whilst struggling with PTSD. David Tennant is also confirmed to be playing the villain, Zebediah Killgrave, who is capable of verbally manipulating the actions of others. On the subject of his casting for the first season head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb said:
…there will be times when you’re uncomfortably okay with what it is that Killgrave is doing, and maybe you shouldn’t be. What Melissa does so elegantly is suddenly remind you, “Oh, no. He’s really a horrible person.” And so that’s really the fun of what’s going on
Rosenberg is also of course a fan of the comic series by Brian Michael Bendis, who has apparently already seen parts of the show and was very complimentary of it. What she especially wanted to capture it seems is the tone of the Alias comic, which is much darker than the traditional Marvel line.
It starts there, and goes all the way dark. The tone that Brian Michael Bendis set is what attracted me to the project in the first place. It was very gritty and real and we just keep going with that.
Rosenberg said that Bendis praising the show was “the biggest honor I’ve ever had.”.
Jessica Jones will release within 2015 with Luke Cage and The Defenders series following it up in 2016. Daredevil has also been renewed for a second season although it is unclear whether this will air before or after the The Defenders team-up run.
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