I’ve reported a lot recently about the Netflix based Marvel cinematic universe; mainly because there’s been a lot to talk about. Earlier this month we gleamed some insight into the upcoming Luke Cage series, along with news Rosario Dawson would be reprising her role as Claire Temple for the same show.
As it turns out she will also have a recurring role in Jessica Jones. But I also want to write about the Netflix/Marvel partnership because it seems set to produce material of a consistently high quality; something lacking with its movie based counterpart.
Today, Marvel released the first teaser for Jessica Jones, and though it reveals very little about the series, I’m beginning to feel what I least expected from a super hero based TV series: excited anticipation. Here’s Marvel’s official synopsis for the Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, the Twilight series) led show: “After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City“.
The source material for Jessica Jones is Brian Michael Bendis‘ Harvey award-winning comic series, Alias. Released under the Marvel’s R-rated ‘Max’ print, the series was able to deal with a complex of adult themes whilst never pulling its punches with violence or profanity. The ‘Max’ title could very well be applied to the Netflix’s Marvel shows in which, as we saw in Daredevil; the gloves are definitely off.
Though Bendis had little to do with the upcoming series – another of his adaptations, Powers, is currently airing on the Playstation Network – he has described the show favourably, praising the choice of casting, and commenting the quality is “just like the comics on their best day”. The series stars Krysten Ritter as the eponymous hero, whilst David Tennant takes the role of Kilgrave (or The Purple Man), an antagonist from Jessica’s past who reawakens long forgotten trauma.
Rachael Taylor will appear as Trish Walker (Hellcat), our hero’s best friend and confidant, and Carrie-Anne Moss will play Harper, a character with no comic based counterpart, who could prove a powerful ally for Mz. Jones. Mike Colter will also have a recurring role as Luke Cage, before he sets out upon his own Hell’s Kitchen based show.
With an unfortunately low number of female superheroes getting screen time in Marvel’s cinematic universe, Jessica Jones has a lot resting upon it. I think our first teaser has it right with the tagline; It’s time the world knew her name. Jessica Jones will be released through Netflix on November 20. Luke Cage is set for a 2016 release date.