If you’re in the know about Jessica Jones, you will no doubt be incredibly excited for November 20th. Jones has one of the more interesting fringe storylines from the Marvel universe; a former superhero with PTSD and a slew of ass-kicking private detective adventures, her ties to the superhero world inevitably catch up to her once again. The series so far promises to stay relatively close to the dark and complex feel of the original comics, and promises to be more of a cerebral thriller than action series.
We know that Jessica herself is being played by Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad, Veronica Mars), and we heard the news that David Tennant would be playing The Purple Man back in January, but what else do we now know? Well, Mike Colter (Million Dollar Baby) will be playing the indomitable Luke Cage (and it will be interesting to see how far along with Luke and Jessica’s relationship the showrunners are going to go).
Rachael Taylor (Transformers) will be playing Patsy Walker, a character who in the comics is known as the superhero Hellcat. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe however, her character history is being rewritten in a big way: she is a model who is Jessica’s best friend. It’s not the first time Patsy has taken on different roles for different things, although it is a shame that her Hellcat identity isn’t going to feature much.
Finally, Carrie-Ann Moss (The Matrix) is Harper, someone who we’re not familiar with at all from the comics. This character promises to be something of a hard-ass authoritarian figure, so we’ll have to see where this leads.
The main change from what we knew months ago is that the AKA prefix has been dropped from the main show title (it’s just ‘Jessica Jones’ now), and shunted on to the episode titles instead. You can see the full episode list here.
It looks like the merchandise that’s going to come out of this series will be directed at a more adult market, too. According to Paul Gitter, senior VP of Marvel Licensing, most of Marvel’s Netflix-exclusive content (including Daredevil as well as Jessica Jones) will have less of a focus on the younger market, and involve a smaller line of products in line with the edgier themes.
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