Jessica Jones Described as a Psychological Thriller, 'Goes Further' than the Comics

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 - 2:16PM
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Wednesday, 29 July 2015 - 2:16PM
Jessica Jones Described as a Psychological Thriller, 'Goes Further' than the Comics
Jessica Jones is well into production, and after the enormous success of Marvel/Netflix's Daredevil, it has a lot to live up to. But from everything we know about the series so far, it could give Daredevil a run for his money. Jessica Jones comics creator Brian Michael Bendis recently heaped praise on the series, saying he "loved it" and that it was "everything he could have wanted." Now, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb discussed the dark tone of the series, the differences Daredevil, and Luke Cage's role in the show.

Bendis's Alias series, which introduces Jessica Jones, is violent and controversial, touching on issues such as brainwashing and sexual assault. But according to Rosenberg, the television show "goes further" than even the Marvel series:

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"It all starts with Brian Michael Bendis's Alias series," Rosenberg said at yesterday's TCA panel (via Slash Film). "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."
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Daredevil was praised for its dark, gritty aesthetic and tone, but according to Rosenberg and Loeb, Jessica Jones will likely be even darker. The two shows exist in the same cinematic universe, and even take place in the same NYC neighborhood, but tonally are "wildly different":

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"What makes Jessica Jones Jessica Jones is that it stands on its own," Loeb told Collider in a recent interview. "It lives in this world that we've created of Hell's Kitchen and New York City, and it's grounded, and she's a real woman with real problems, and Melissa's voice comes through in a way that Netflix not only allows to happen, but also really speaks to a different kind of story than the story we were originally telling... We make no secret about it, it's based on material that's much more mature."
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Loeb compared the difference in tone between Daredevil and Jessica Jones to the difference between Captain America: Winter Soldier, which could be described as a "political drama," and Guardians of the Galaxy, which was a "cosmic comedy." Similarly, Loeb claims that the two shows are in entirely different genres, but still each distinctly Marvel:

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"For us, the differences between Daredevil and Jessica Jones are as different as the characters are... When we first sat down and started talking about Daredevil, we said that, for all intents and purposes, it was a crime drama first and a superhero drama second. Jessica is really a psychological thriller first and a superhero show second... What you get out of Jessica is a hold-your-breath tension, as to what's going to happen."
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That tension comes from the dynamic between Jones and her archnemesis, The Purple Man, played by Doctor Who's David Tennant:

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"When you see the dynamic between Krysten Ritter and David Tennant, who plays out villain, that question of what's going to happen next and what could happen next... is something that's so important... In the same kind of way that Vincent D'Onofrio owned his half of Daredevil, you'll see David Tennant own his half of Jessica Jones."
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And finally, Loeb previewed Luke Cage's role in the show. The Hero for Hire will be introduced in Jessica Jones before headlining his own Marvel/Netflix series next year:

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"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."
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Marvel's Jessica Jones will begin streaming on Netflix sometime this year, while Luke Cage will come out in 2016, followed by Iron Fist and a Defenders miniseries.
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