By: Adam Basciano
With Marvel’s Daredevil live action series set to debut on Netflix in April, production on their next effort AKA Jessica Jones is about to ramp up. The production has cast 3 main characters. Playing the lead role of Jessica Jones is actress Krysten Ritter. The actress is best known for her roles on “Breaking Bad”, “Don’t Trust The B—- I Apartment 23”, and “Veronica Mars.” If you’re unfamiliar with the character; “Jessica Jones, first introduced in writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos’ classic ALIAS comic series. After a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint, Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.” Joining her for this series is actor Mike Colter who will assume the role of Luke Cage in the 13 episode series. “During the course of an investigation in New York City, private investigator Jessica Jones encounters the enigmatic Luke Cage – a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined.” The actor has had roles in “The Good Wife”, and “American Horror Story: Coven” With a former and active superhero already cast, the series needs a villain. For that Marvel has turned to former Doctor Who David Tennant to fill the role of Kilgrave, “an enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past, Kilgrave’s reappearance will send shockwaves through the former super hero’s world.” So far Marvel and Netflix have assembled a talented trio of actors. Now I’ll have to track down the ALIAS comic books and give them a read.
As X-Men fans we have X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, and a Deadpool movie to look forward to in the coming years. Despite this and the seven films already made, Hollywood has barely made a dent in the expansive X-Men Universe. Apparently, Fox agrees and has plans to give fans even more X-Men in the form of a live action television series. “Though 20th Century Fox holds the film rights to the franchise, in order to use the heroes on Fox, they’ll need to get “X-Men” comics publisher Marvel to sign off on the deal for TV.” How likely is Marvel to sign off on this deal? Gary Newman, Fox Entertainment Chairman seems hopeful. “We’re cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with them,” adding that the series “will not be on a fast track creatively” Since this is early days yet, there’s no word on which mutants would feature in the show. Speaking of the creative forces behind the show, “24 producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto involved. Fox’s potential live-action series is being penned by Star Trek 3 writing duo Patrick McKay and JD Payne, sources tell THR, who will share a created by credit on the project with Katz and Coto. Katz and Coto will serve as showrunners.” The earliest we’ll see this is likely the 2016/2017 TV season, but the comic book fanboy in me is seeing a DC/Marvel hour block of television with GOTHAM at 8pm and X-Men at 9pm! Dare to dream.
(Sources: Marvel, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter)_