Obviously, Daredevil generated a lot of excitement when it premiered on Netflix earlier this year. Although Marvel Studios‘ other television endeavours haven’t been universally-praised, the Netflix format and distribution structure were definite assets for Daredevil, a bone-crunching, high-stakes, complex crime drama. But can lightening strike twice? Netflix has four more Marvel series to launch, and the next up at plate is Jessica Jones. Expected later this year, Jones can be seen as almost a bigger gamble than Daredevil, but after the success of the Man Without Fear’s series, can the private investigator formally known as Jewel possibly surpass expectations with her own series? Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg is betting on ‘Yes.’
While taking part in the Netflix panel at the annual Television Critics Association Press Tour (as reported by /Film),a lot of ground concerning Jones was covered, including concerns that the show might deviate in tone and story detail from the original comic books. That pressure may be greater because, Jones is one of the few Marvel projects where the protagonist (or hero) is a woman, and a beautifully flawed and human one at that. Not to worry, says Rosenberg, everything you love thematically from the comic book will emerge on screen intact.
“It all starts with Brian Michael Bendis’s Alias series,” she explained. “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. [Is] the audience going to respond to this or not? I don’t know, but if I’m afraid of it I’m doing the right thing.”
Rosenberg added that Jessica Jones will be as different from Daredevil, as Daredevil was from the ABC-based Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.
“We exist in a cinematic universe, the mythology of the universe is connected, but it will look very different,” Rosenberg said. “Tonally they’re very different. If you pick up Bendis’ Alias and pick up Daredevil, they’re wildly different. That was my one concern. Would I have to fit in with Daredevil? The answer was, ‘No, we’re hiring you for your point of view.'”
“Where you run into limitations is if you’re using one of their characters and you need to be cognizant of the mythology of the character. We’re using some pretty obscure characters so we’re taking them all over the place.”
On the subject of standing out from Daredevil, there is one big difference from the first Marvel/Netflix series that impacts its heroine, played by Krysten Ritter. “The one thing [where Daredevil showrunner] Steven [DeKnight] has the advantage, his show was called Daredevil but Daredevil has an outfit. Charlie Cox can get a break once in a while. My show is called Jessica Jones. There is no mask. Krysten Ritter is the hardest working actress.”
One final difference between Daredevil, and Jessica Jones: it gets to play with a set of characters who don’t usually get the spotlight. “Where you run into limitations is if you’re using one of their characters and you need to be cognizant of the mythology of the character,” said Rosenberg. “We’re using some pretty obscure characters so we’re taking them all over the place.”
Jessica Jones will debut on Netflix later this year.
Source: Comic Book Movie