Jessica Jones showrunner on comic inspiration, not fitting in with Daredevil

Expectations are sky-high for Netflix’s Jessica Jones series in the wake of Daredevil’s awesomeness, and now showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has opened up about what fans can expect.

Rosenberg talked up the project on a panel at the Television Critics Association (TCA) and touched on Brian Michael Bendis’ comic that inspired the show, and inevitable comparisons to the dark and gritty Daredevil. Though Rosenberg noted Jessica Jones is obviously set in that same corner of the MCU, she explained it’s a very different beast when compared to Matt Murdock’s tale.

She also answered a question many fans had been wondering: how far they’d push the boundaries for the series, considering the comic was one of Marvel’s raciest, R-rated efforts. Rest assured, Marvel fans: Rosenberg said the story of superhero-turned-private-eye Jessica Jones will definitely be on the edge of what Marvel allows:

“It all starts with Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias series. 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. Well, is the audience going to respond to this or not? I don’t know, but if I’m afraid of it I’m doing the right thing.

The one thing [where] Steven [DeKnight] has the advantage, his show was called Daredevil but Daredevil has an outfit. Charlie Cox can get a break once in a while. My show is called Jessica Jones. There is no mask. Krysten Ritter is the hardest working actress.

Jessica Jones is a very different show from Daredevil. We exist in a cinematic universe, the mythology of the universe is connected, but it will look very different. Tonally they’re very different. If you pick up Bendis’ Alias and pick up Daredevil, they’re wildly different. That was my one concern. Would I have to fit in with Daredevil? The answer was, ‘No, we’re hiring you for your point of view.’”

The 13-episode debut season of Jessica Jones is set to hit Netflix later this year.

(Via /Film)

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