In November 2013, Marvel announced a deal with Netflix for four TV series' and a miniseries. All of them would feature superheroes and the miniseries would be a team up called The Defenders. The first of the four series, [Daredevil (Netflix)](tag:1168702), premiered in April to rave reviews.
The second series, Jessica Jones, is set to come out later this year. And....
Here is everything we know about Jessica Jones
Krysten Ritter takes on the title role. Jessica Jones is a retired superhero dealing with PTSD from her time fighting crime. She currently works as a P.I. in New York. Jones is a damaged character trying to move on with her life. She has super strength and can fly in the comics.
Here is Jeph Loeb on the casting of Ritter:
"Jessica is incredibly damaged and justifiably so. I think one of the things they’ve worked so hard at and really delivered on, and Krysten delivers in her performance, is that you really understand who she is and where she comes from and what each of us might have done in that similar situation and that’s really where Marvel kind of sparkles, where you as the viewer has a connection on a level that has nothing to do with powers, nothing to do with costumes, nothing to do with comic books. It has everything to do with being a human being and "What would I do" if that were that case?"
The former Doctor, David Tennant will play the villain. Kilgrave (also called the Purple Man) is the reason for Jessica's retirement. He is the reason for her PTSD. His storyline in the comics is extremely dark and twisted.
Here is Loeb on Tennant and the Purple Man:
"When you see the dynamic between Krysten Ritter and David Tennant, who plays our villain, the 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 scripts but to the way the show is shot and the way everybody reacts and the way those two actors react with each other. 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 so that you’re continually finding this incredible balance. I think one of the things that Melissa handled so beautifully is that there are times where 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.'"
Cage is set to have his own series on Netflix in 2016. But he makes his debut in Jessica Jones. Cage (portrayed by Mike Colter) is a hero in his own right. He is an ex-convict who was injected with drugs that gave him unbreakable skin and super strength. Cage is also a love interest for Jones in the comics. They even get married a have a child together. He is rumored to be in nine episodes.
Once again, here is Loeb:
"He is important to the show, and he is certainly important to the story of Jessica Jones and who she is. It would not be Jessica Jones unless you at least understood how Luke affected her life and where she is."
Patricia "Trish" Walker is Jessica's best friend. Rachael Taylor will take on the role in the series. Walker is an ex-model and child star that is now a radio host. Though, in the comics she is the hero "Hellcat," there is no indication if we will ever see her in action.
Here's what Loeb had to say:
"When we first sat down to talk about who Jessica’s world was going to be populated with, Melissa talked about the kind of character that she wanted her to be friends with and that it was important that there was somebody in her life who made it all look easy but not necessarily felt that way."
Other characters include Carrie Anne-Moss as a character named Haper, who is a figure of some authority who could be a powerful ally to Jessica. Eka Darville is playing Malcom, Jessica’s neighbor. Erin Moriarty is Hope, one of Jessica’s clients. And Wil Traval will play an NYPD police officer.
The show's 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."
The show is influenced by the comic book 'Alias,' the title the character debuted in. And it is said to go further than the comic. Here is what showrunner Melissa Rosenberg had to say on the subject at the recent TCA panel (via Slash Film):
“It all starts with Brian Michael Bendis’s Alias series. He created this incredibly flawed, damaged interesting character. Regardless of gender, it was the character that drew me. He wasn’t afraid to go there and we went even further. We’ve gone further in all of our storytelling.
Loeb went so far as to call it a psychological thriller.
"One of the things that we’ve talked a lot about is that in many ways Jessica is a psychological thriller first and a superhero show second."
When it will air and other details
Netflix just announced that it will air in the fourth quarter of 2015. That probably means November or December.
When first announced, the show was titled A.K.A. Jessica Jones. Marvel decided to shorten it. I think that was a mistake. Adding the "A.K.A." made it sound much more like a superhero show (no offense to all the super Jessicas out there).
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And, finally, here is Rosenberg on the differences between Jessica Jones and Daredevil:
"It really comes down to the characters. They’re very different kinds of characters. 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."
She goes on to add:
"At her core, she does share something with Matt Murdoch that he’s more aware of. 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 could get in the way."