Jessica Jones Was Supposed to Have a Lot More Luke Cage

Saturday, 26 March 2016 - 8:04PM
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Saturday, 26 March 2016 - 8:04PM
Jessica Jones Was Supposed to Have a Lot More Luke Cage
WonderCon 2016 just assembled TV Guide's fan favorite showrunners, including Jessica Jones's Melissa Rosenberg, Supergirl's Ali Adler, The Walking Dead's Scott M. Gimple, and more. In the panel, the showrunners discussed their creative processes, vitriolic fan reactions, and the past and futures of their respective shows, and among other things, we learned from Melissa Rosenberg that Jessica Jones originally had a lot more Luke Cage in it.

Opening quote
"I haven't been told [by Marvel] I need to do any particular thing, except I had to dial back Luke a little bit, because it turned out he had to do his own series. But we still got to use him for a great portion of it."
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This is interesting, since I thought Luke had just enough screentime in Jessica Jones, and actually played a larger role than I expected. It's Jessica's story, so I wouldn't have expected him to appear more than he did.

But it's possible that she didn't necessarily mean that he was supposed to have more screentime, but rather that they were supposed to delve more into his origin story. Rosenberg would have known that he was going to be in his own series, since all of the Defenders series were announced at the same time (the "turned out to have his own series" comment seemed a little tongue-in-cheek). So maybe she meant that she didn't realize there would be scheduling conflicts, or maybe she meant that Jessica Jones originally covered content that they wanted to save for the Luke Cage solo series.

Possible spoilers ahead! (Click to reveal)


Rosenberg also discussed the ending of the first season of Jessica Jones, and hinted at the direction Jessica will take in season two:

Opening quote
"The biggest violation perpetrated on her before the show was that she was forced to become a murderer… and then by the end of the show, she's forced to become a murderer again. Murder is not something to be taken lightly."
Closing quote

She went on to say that Jessica has a very "pro-life" stance (before quickly amending that she was not referring to abortion, and that Jessica is very much pro-choice), and that her decision in the season finale to murder Killgrave will have lasting consequences.


On the Walking Dead side of things, Scott M. Gimple was all-too-eager to avoid questions about fake-out deaths and fan reactions, but he did offer this explanation of the "Where's Glenn?" fiasco:

Opening quote
"What happened with Glenn was about putting the audience in the shoes of everyone in the group besides Glenn. To go through the uncertainty, the hoping, and then in the end being overjoyed that he's alive."
Closing quote

We've heard this explanation before, and there are many reasons why it's kind of bullshit. No one in the group saw Glenn seemingly eaten by walkers, plus there's the whole Talking Dead misdirect and the issue of the opening credits, but this problem has been talked to death already, so we won't belabor the point.

And finally, Ali Adler discussed the upcoming Supergirl/Flash crossover, which is airing in only two days, and the already-apparent chemistry between Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin:

Opening quote
"Watching them together, they're fighting two supervillains (and I'm thrilled to say they're two female supervillains, not that it should matter). To see their chemistry together, and I know they worked together on Glee, and I met them both there, and it was just like visiting two different worlds. The chemistry is huge, and we're so excited for the episode."
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