“‘Jessica Jones’ Showrunner: “We Went Even Further” Than Original Marvel Comics Series”

“Currently on stage before the Television Critics Association is a panel of Netflix showrunners representing a selection of the streaming service’s top original shows. Melissa Rosenberg is on the Showrunner Panel representing Marvel’s Jessica Jones TV series, which stars Krysten Ritter (pictured above in Breaking Bad). Asked about her upcoming show, the edgy tone Rosenberg described seems akin to their Daredevil series, though she emphasizes the two shows are very different.

And while Jessica Jones is based on the Marvel Comics series Alias (no relation to the TV show), which was one of the first “R-rated” runs from Marvel’s MAX imprint, Rosenberg says the Netflix series goes even further than the comics did. 

“It all starts with Brian Michael Bendis’s Alias series,” Rosenberg said. “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.”

Speaking further about the dark tone of the show, Rosenberg said, “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.”

Krysten Ritter stars as Jessica Jones, a superhero-turned P.I. in Hell’s Kitchen, which is the same NYC neighborhood where Daredevil fights crime. Rosenberg touted Ritter’s commitment to being front and center on the show.

“The one thing [where] Steven [DeKnight] has the advantage, his show was called Daredevil but Daredevil has an outfit,” Rosenberg said. “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…”

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