FIRST THINGS FIRST: WHO IS SHE?
Jessica Jones is a failed superhero who’s stint as a caped crusader ended in tragedy. She’s now trying rebuild her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases in New York City, and those cases happen to involve people with superpowers more often than not.
So why should we be excited?
Netflix has an excellent track record when it comes to making shows. And let’s not beat about the bush here. Daredevil. Was. Awesome. There were plenty of sceptics before that show came out, simply because of the diabolical 2003 film that even managed to spawn a spin-off (remember those dark times when Elektra was one of the major comic book releases of the year?) Netflix has proven that they have what it takes to meet the expectations of a very demanding fan-base.
Jones will be the first female superhero to have a her own show in the Marvel Universe (Agent Carter didn’t have powers). Breaking Bad’s Kristen Ritter will star as the jaded superhero. Ritter is known for her charismatic and quirky performances, and it is going to be fun to see her take on bad guys twice her size.
It’s going to be dark. Very dark
Daredevil introduced a darker, grittier vision of the Marvel world, and Jessica Jones looks set to take that even further. The actual comic was much darker than others, and these abuses, psychological problems and pain she’s been through will be shown.
Doctor Who is the big bad!
Well, not literally, but former Doctor Who star David Tennant will be playing Kilgrave, aka Purple Man in the show. He’s the reason our leading lady had to cut her superhero career short. He’s been compared to Vincent D’Onofrio’s take on Wilson Fisk in Daredevil by Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb.
If you’ve never heard of him, he’s been an on/off member of the Avengers and the Defenders over the years, he is Jessica’s love interest in the comics and has unbreakable skin and superhuman strength. He’s also one mighty cool dude. Luke Cage is the third piece in the Marvel/Netflix puzzle with his own show set to be released in 2016. Jessica Jone’s will give us our first first glimpse of Mike Colter’s power man.
Jessica Jones premieres on Netflix on November 20th.