How “Jessica Jones” & “Daredevil” Differ

While the various films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have all been PG-13 and generally quite light in tone, Marvel’s Netflix series “Daredevil” took a different path with a much darker and more serious affair that could get away with a lot more thanks to being on the streaming service.

The second of the Marvel/Netflix series is “Jessica Jones,” a series to be based on altogether very different comic. Talking about the show during the Television Critics Association press tour, executive producer Jeph Loeb has indicated to Indiewire that the show will reflect that change as well and inhabit a different genre to the crime saga/action-heavy “Daredevil”:

“When we first sat down and started talking about Daredevil, what we said was, for all intents and purposes, it was a crime drama first and a superhero show second. One of the things we’ve talked a lot about is that Jessica is in many ways a psychological thriller first and then a superhero show second.”

One key figure in the series will be the villain, Kilgrave (a.k.a. The Purple Man) played by former “Doctor Who” and”Broadchurch” star David Tennant. Loeb says that Kilgrave will have a villainous arc similar to Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin in Marvel’s Daredevil:

“In the same kind of way Vincent D’Onofrio owned his half of Daredevil, you’ll see David Tennant own his half of Jessica Jones. What you get out of Jessica is a sort of hold-your-breath tension as to what’s going to happen. When you see the dynamic between Krysten Ritter and David Tennant… that question of ‘What’s going to happen next?’ and ‘What could happen next?’ and how that’s driven by character is something that is so important to not just the scripts but also the way the show is shot, and the way that everyone reacts, and the way those two react with each other.”

Executive producer Melissa Rosenberg has also spoken a bit about how Krysten Ritter’s titular heroinne differs from Marvel’s other heroes:

“Jessica is about paying rent, getting the next client. She’s dealing with a fairly dark past. She’s trying to get through the day. She’s not really trying to save the city, she’s trying to save her apartment. At her core, she wants to do something good. She wants to contribute to the world. But there are a lot of personality issues for her that can get in the way…Jessica Jones is a brawler. She gets drunk, she gets pissed off, and boom, you’re down. She doesn’t wear a costume, she doesn’t have a mask. She’s just who she is.”

“Jessica Jones” hasn’t got a specific release date yet but is said to be targeting a release later this year.