JESSICA JONES Is A 'Psychological Thriller First, Superhero Show Second'

Krysten Ritter in "Breaking Bad"
Krysten Ritter in "Breaking Bad"
Credit: AMC
Alias #23 cover
Alias #23 cover
Credit: Marvel Comics

At a roundtable interview during the Television Critic's Association press tour (as reported by IndieWire), Jessica Jones executive producer Jeph Loeb and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg dropped some new details about the show, which Loeb calls a "psychological thriller."

"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," said Loeb. "One of the things we’ve talked a lot about is that [Jessica Jones] is in many ways a psychological thriller first and then a superhero show second."

Loeb said that much of the show's psychological drama will stem from the show's villain, Zebediah Killgrave, A.K.A. the Purple Man, played by David Tennant.

"In the same kind of way Vincent D’Onofrio owned his half of Daredevil," he said, "you’ll see David Tennant own his half of Jessica Jones."

"What you get out of [Jessica Jones] is a sort of hold-your-breath tension as to what’s going to happen,” said Loeb. “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."

In comic book on which Jessia Jones is based, Alias, Killgrave was a primary nemesis for Jones in her days as the superhero Jewel, using his mind control powers to subjugate and victimize her. It's unclear how much of their interaction will be lifted from comic books, but judging by the hard sell Loeb and Rosenberg are giving his role on the show, it seems that his powers and his sadistic streak will be in full effect.

Jessica Jones will premiere on Netflix in late 2015.

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