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Jessica Jones is a “psychological thriller first, and then a superhero show”



With Jessica Jones gearing up for its Netflix debut sometime later this year, the press around it is starting to gear up. Per IndieWire (easily one of my favorite film sites), their team got a chance to chat with Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg during the TCAs about what’s coming for Marvel’s sophomore Netflix series, and just how it will differ from the critically acclaimed Daredevil. According to Loeb:

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.

But what about Jessica herself? How does the Krysten Ritter-played character differ from the standard Marvel superhero set we’ve seen both on the big screen and television? Rosenberg addressed this subject:

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.

She elaborates further:

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.

But the real question on my mind has been, just how the series will handle David Tennant‘s Kilgrave, who in the comics is better known as The Purple Man. One of the highlights of Daredevil was the wonderfully split narrative between Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk, with Vincent D’Onofrio frankly stealing the show and creating Marvel’s most compelling on-screen villain since Loki. Loeb spoke to Tennant’s role on the series:

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.

Given how much I enjoyed Daredevil (it and The Flash are easily the two best superhero shows we’ve gotten so far) I’m awaiting Jessica Jones with a high level of anticipation.

Per Netflix’s release calendar, the series will be released later this year. Given that we’re already in August, they’re sure to announce a premiere date any day now.


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