Netflix’s ‘The Defenders’: ‘This Is Going To Be Big’ | TV News
Netflix’s Avengers-esque superhero team-up is set to define their schedule this year, with The Defenders featuring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist teaming up for an eight episode arc that might turn out to be the most anticipated TV event of the year. Krysten Ritter, (Jones), has opened up about her characters’ mindset and story arc heading into the show.
“She’s still dealing with the aftermath of Kilgrave, and now she’s dealing with ‘success’ — and not well. People want her to work for them, she’s getting a lot of business, and she’s not ready for any of that. She hasn’t changed, but her environment has, and there’s no handbook for how to exist in a world where you are now popular”.
The overall scope of the show has long been of interest to fans, with showrunner Marco Ramirez comparing it to Sons Of Anarchy last week:
“My first TV job was on Sons of Anarchy, and that show really tended to run and gun, and you picked up with adrenaline every episode and ended with adrenaline, so to me, that feels like what we want to do with these eight”, and now Ritter has expanded on how big the show will be:
“When I read the first two scripts, I was like, ‘Wow, this is going to be big,’ because it’s so fun seeing these huge characters, and not just the four of us, but all of us in one show. This just has a big scope. It’s a much bigger world, because all of our characters have a very specific way in, a specific beat”.
To the chagrin of many fans, the show only consists of eight episodes, thus The Defenders has less time to mess around than the solo shows that preceded it. Whether that will allow the show to fully explore the characters – one of the key cogs of Jessica Jones was its ability to feel grounded despite its superhero origins – will be one of the main questions heading into the premiere.
With superhero team ups all the rage now (this tiny film named Justice League is arriving this year), Netflix will have a lot of pressure on them to deliver a hit in order to keep the superhero train rolling.
The Defenders will premiere on all Netflix territories later this year.