In a little less than a month, Daredevil will bow on Netflix and at once the launch will usher in the next phase of Marvel Studios multimedia strategic takeover while erasing the lingering bad taste left by the 2003 Mark Steven Johnson film starring Ben “Batman” Affleck. Although the main big bad of the series will be The Kingpin played by Vincent D’Onofrio, the Man Without Fear is going to need other bad guys to beat up over the course of his 13-episode first season. Marvel has announced a few additions to the cast list, but in other news Jessica Jones has spotted once again in the City of New York. Or, I guess make that Krysten Ritter in AKA: Jessica Jones.
From the comics, Rob Morgan (“Person of Interest,” “Believe”) will play Turk Barrett, a smalltime criminal in Hell’s Kitchen, while Matt Gerald (“Avatar,” “Dexter”) will play Melvin Potter, a machinist caught between a rock and a hard place.
Siding with Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) are Peter Shinkoda (“Falling Skies,” “Hawaii 5-0”) as Nobu, a Japanese businessman with an agenda all his own; Wai Ching Ho (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Blue Bloods”) as Madame Gao, a powerful woman running her own trade; and Nikolai Nikolaeff (“Camp,” “Sea Patrol”) and Gideon Emery (“Grimm,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2”) as Vladimir and Anatoly, two Russian brothers looking to forge new names for themselves in America.
“It’s an honor to be working with such a talented and diverse group of artists who vividly bring these characters to life,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight in a statement. “The challenge in bringing ‘villains’ to the screen is always in portraying them as three-dimensional characters. Our actors exceeded all expectations in this regard, crafting deeply flawed, wonderfully human antagonists.”
Of course the next challenge for Marvel and Netflix is bringing Jessica Jones to the small screen. The show is currently shooting in and around New York City, so the occasional spy pic will be inevitable, like the ones below from Getty Images and via Coming Soon. It looks like Jessica, as played by Ritter, is in the middle of doing some sleuthing, but the cuts on her face seem to say that things are not going terribly well. So what is Jessica Jones up to today? Your guess is as good as mine.
Daredevil will be binge ready on April 10 while AKA: Jessica Jones will be released on Netflix sometime later this year.