Last week, Krysten Ritter was announced as Marvel's Jessica Jones in the Netflix series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones. In an interview, Ritter points out the excitement of being Jones, working with talent women, and how cool it is to devour all things Jones.
Krysten Ritter’s ‘devouring’ all things Jessica Jones as she prepares to star in the Netflix and Marvel series A.K.A. Jessica Jones.
Cosmopolitan caught up with Ritter at the premiere for Tim Burton’s Big Eyes and the actress answered some questions about the Marvel series.
So what drew Ritter to the role? After all, the star’s not a comic fan and the character isn’t universally known like Wonder Woman or Storm.
Implying a serious need to find out more, Ritter told the magazine, “I don't think I've been so hooked on something since Serial. So now I feel that way about the Jessica Jones series. I can't wait.” Never a bad thing when the star’s a fan of the source material, right?
“It's so cool. I can't wait to watch it.”
Neither can we, so hurry up Marvel and Netflix. Especially if they introduce Jones’s superpowers, which occurred when her family’s car hit a truck carrying chemicals. Who wouldn’t want to fly?
Okay, so that doesn’t really set the superhero apart from the rest of the comicverse. What about the ability to resist telepathic mutants/Inhumans and villains out to destroy the world? Definitely better. And those fight scenes? Don’t just upset her and the bad guys’ll be fine. Right?
Last year, MTV News reported that Jones would be set around comic book writers Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos series Alias (hence the A.K.A. change). Cosmo pointed since Jones retired from the superhero world, the character’s found work as a private investigator in New York City—a good origin story transition to the live-action version.
So what else would entice the Breaking Bad star? “It's crazy, because I remember, like, six years ago, I was like, "I just want to work with female directors and female showrunners; there's none." And now?
“And I feel like, since then, I've exclusively worked with women, which I love. I worked with Amy Heckerling, Kat [Coiro], Jessica Goldberg, Leslye Headland, Nahnatchka Khan, the creator of Don't Trust the B--, who is my idol and bar for anything funny.” Not a bad group of women to learn from and collaborate with.
“Wonderful range of talents, a variety of talents. I'm a big champion for female directors and female showrunners, just f--- rad, strong women. I'm happy to be in company with them, I'm happy to be in the trenches with them.”
So what about co-runner Melissa Rosenberg? “It's a dream come true.”
Rosenberg’s not new to the idea of translating superheroes to screen, either. While the 2002 Birds of Prey series never landed high on comic fans, there’s a definite awareness of audience for the executive producer.
In an interview with Moveline in 2011, Rosenberg seems to have learned a hard lesson: no more overly-involved studios who try and change the concept.
“Well, I think one of the problems with Birds of Prey was there were too many cooks in that kitchen. The studio, the producers, the network, all had very different visions of what that should be. They should have just let Laeta Kalogridis control that. Instead they decided to try to get their hands in the mix.”
She also defended the Terminator Genisys screenwriter.
“Laeta Kalogridis, more than most people, is certainly someone who can deliver when it comes to this genre. She was new to TV at the time... but that was a big mistake to me. Hand Laeta the reins and just let her go!”
Seems like Rosenberg’s gearing up to make sure the vision doesn’t change at corporate whims and the arc is more important than the bean counters and marketing department. Never a bad thing when you’re attempting a brand new endeavor. And working with strong-willed women seems to be in Ritter’s wheelhouse, so this match up just might work.
Jessica Jones is said to be 13-episodes; but if the show succeeds, Marvel fans may get to see more women heroes flying solo long before Captain Marvel in 2018. This could be a definite win for female fans of the comics and movies.
Netflix and Marvel are creating four more series based on Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and a tie-in for all four series (The Defenders), which will presumably fold into the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) at some point, as all things Marvel do. All total, the episodes should end up being around 60.
However, in the comics, Cage and Jones are married with a daughter, but it remains unknown how or if that will tie-in into the origin stories of the characters. Perhaps in The Defenders wrap-up.
Interestingly, Daredevil was last seen played by Ben Affleck, who will now be playing Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Talk about a walkabout superhero comics, Mr. Batfleck.
It’s been over a year since announcement about the series was released, and the potential for a small-screen Avengers has Marvel fans excited for more. The studio has done wonders for interweaving shows and tie-ins with the MCU while leaving each product to stand on own merit.
A.K.A Jessica Jones looks to be another piece to the MCU puzzle. And Krysten Ritter’s excitement will definitely help sell the series.
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Ritter said it best: “It's so f--- cool.”