Earlier this week, the world echoed with the squees of Whovians and nerds the world over when Marvel announced the David Tennant (best known as the tenth doctor) would be playing supervillain Purple Man in the upcoming Jessica Jones series (I'll admit, I added my own voice to the excitement).
Now, Tennant has spoken for the first time about the role to the Radio Times, revealing his excitement, his personal nerdiness, and teasingly questioning whether Killgrave is really the bad guy we all think he is!
Ah, look at that charm. And look at that tie! Nice little nod to his newest role, and one that is quickly picked up on by the interviewer.
Tennant has long been a confessed nerd, and seems to be living out every fanboy's dreams. First, starring on [Doctor Who](series:200668), the show that he grew up watching and one of his inspirations to get into the industry. Now, he gets to make the leap from reading Marvel to living it.
I grew up on Marvel comics, so it’s very exciting to be part of their ever expanding entertainment empire. It's great! I love the movies, I love the TV shows that they do, so I'm very pleased to be part of one.
I grew up an absolute devotee to the worlds of Marvel, so the fact that they've expanded into TV and film is something that I think I fantasized about when I was younger. So now to be part of it, to be on the other side of it is a thrill!
Of course, the other reason that this is fantastic (and not just because it gives nerds everywhere hope that dreams DO come true), is that he will know the characters. He knows the stories, he isn't coming into this blind or needing to cram before he starts filming. In fact, he may even have his own opinions of the characters motivations... he even teases us with the idea that Killgrave isn't all bad.
Who says it's a villain! Make no assumptions! I'm saying nothing!
Well, every fan knows that Purple Man is, on the surface, a villain. A super-villain, in fact, with a villainous daughter. I don't think that Tennant is suggesting that Marvel is going completely off-book and having him team up with the Man Without Fear, but I have a feeling that he may be approaching the role by searching for Killgrave's motivation and making him somewhat sympathetic (even just a little bit).
Given that Tennant is a classically trained actor and an incredibly intelligent person, I have little doubt that he will be able to truly get inside the head of the Purple Man and make him incredibly compelling.
Not even he can tell us when the show will be starting, but according to IMDb, he's in every episode, and it airs sometime later this year. Will you be watching?