There are three things I simply can’t wait for: to see some low budget sci-fi flick called Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December, Jennifer Lawrence to respond to my marriage proposal and the release of Jessica Jones! Following in the footsteps of this year’s hugely successful superhero series Daredevil, Marvel’s newest TV show Jessica Jones hits Netflix on November 20. My love for the Daredevil series gives me very high hopes for Jessica Jones and I’m extremely excited to binge on the 13 episodes when they’re simultaneously released. As far as superheroes go, Jessica Jones is far from a household name so there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of her. Based on the trailers, the accounts of critics enough to see previews and my own thoughts, here’s a list of things you should expect:
Jessica Jones isn’t your average superhero. After a failed stint at superheroics left her with post-traumatic stress, Jessica puts her powers to good use in her own private investigations firm. But she’s not motivated by helping people – she’s just in it for the money! Plus she’s a borderline alcoholic with a hot temper and a sharp tongue. We’ve never seen a hard-drinking, self-centred, short-fused smart-mouthed superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before so it’ll be interesting to see how its new addition fits in.
It’s Female Centered
Speaking of things never seen before in the MCU, Jessica Jones will be the first of any Marvel film or TV show to revolve around a female superhero character (not counting Agent Carter as she’s not a true superhero). In a landscape dominated by macho Norse gods, playboy geniuses and super soldiers, it will be refreshing to see a kick ass woman take centre stage. Krysten Ritter, who’s played sassy characters before in Breaking Bad and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, stars as the titular heroine
A Crime Drama
One of the many reasons why Daredevil worked so well was that it didn’t feel like an ordinary superhero show – instead it felt like a crime drama with a superhero in it. Jessica Jones will have the same dark and gritty tone as it’s set in Hell’s Kitchen – the same crime-ridden neighbourhood as Daredevil. Jessica’s private detective work will see her put a beating on some of New York’s non-law-abiding citizens.
Daredevil was by far the edgiest thing Marvel has ever done and Jessica Jones supposedly pushes even more boundaries. Based on Brian Michael Bendis’ cult comic series Alias and with writer and producer on the hit show Dexter, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, in charge – Jessica Jones will no doubt contain some very adult themes. Daredevil executed it’s more adult content excellently and hopefully Jessica Jones will do the same too when it ups the ante.
Marvel has done a fantastic job of building a previously unprecedented shared universe for its characters to inhabit. Following a similar formula to how The Avengers were assembled, Marvel’s TV characters – Daredevil (who we’ve already met), Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist – will each star in their own solo series before coming together to form The Defenders. Jessica Jones will be have some major MCU threads as it will give us our first introduction to Luke Cage before he does his own thing next year and will feature Daredevil’s Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). Rumour has it that a certain horn headed hero dressed in red may appear as well. If you’re a hardcore Marvel fan there’ll surely be other MCU references and Easter Eggs to get a kick out of.
A Great Villain
While the Marvel films have done many things very well, they’ve often failed to bring us memorable villains. Through its thirteen hour format, Daredevil had the time to establish its villain – Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin (brilliantly played by Vincent D’onofrio) – and make him as compelling as the show’s hero. By all accounts Jessica Jones does the same with its chief bad guy the Purple Man, played by the former Dr Who, David Tennant. The Purple Man has dangerous mind control powers, so it’ll be intriguing to see how Jessica combats him. Tenant has been heavily praised by critics for his villainous portrayal with The Independent suggesting the Purple Man is the perhaps the best comic book villain since Heath Ledger’s Joker.
Jessica Jones comes to Netflix on November 20
Check out the trailer here