The partnership between Marvel and Netflix yielded great results with Daredevil. The 13 episode first season premiered this April and, like 2008’s Iron Man, awoke an interest in viewers for new heroes. The second Marvel/Netflix production is Jessica Jones.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones unveiled its new logo on Twitter (shown above) and while we have yet to see an official look at the cast, we do have an official plot synopsis.
Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need… especially if they’re willing to cut her a check.
In an interview with ET, showrunner Michelle Rosenberg revealed the following about Krysten Ritter, the actress bringing Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias (no relation to the show) character to life, “She’s funny! She’s dark! She’s the real deal. She’s utterly compelling, both the actress and the character… The first time I saw [Ritter] do drama was Breaking Bad. And she was just a guest star. We pushed her to some really dark, emotional places, and she just keeps going there. She’s got incredible range!”
Steven DeKnight, the showrunner for season one of Marvel’s Daredevil, was asked about the difference in Jessica Jones and Daredevil and here is what he said: “It’s about the character, it’s about her emotional arc… And she’s not a ninja. She never studies martial arts. She’s a brawler. You piss her off and boom! You’re down! She’s not out to save the city… She’s out to make rent.”
I, personally, never read the Marvel Max series Alias. I was aware of Jessica Jones, but she never caught on in the way a character like Wasp did for me. I’m very excited about seeing the next Marvel/Netflix collaboration this year as I’m positive it will introduce us to the character in a way that will certainly lead us back to reading Alias.