Since Netflix, Marvell and Disney first announced the creation of five comic series slated for television, we didn’t quite know what to expect. Could the adaptations possibly be faithful? Would non-comic readers like and be able to follow the series? Would the right people be cast, would television really be able to capture the gritty feel of Daredevil — would the comic writers be involved, and how would they feel seeing their characters brought to life? If Brian Michael Bendis’ reaction to what he’s seen so far is any indication, the answer to that last question is a resounding thumbs up. Netflix’s upcoming Jessica Jones (the “AKA” has been dropped) starring Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter (as Luke Cage, who’ll also have his own series), David Tennant, Carrie Ann Moss and Rachael Taylor has been filming in New York City, and Bendis has already seen the first couple of episodes. The comic writer took to his Tumblr to answer a fan question, and give his very enthusiastic response:
“I know I’ve been very low-key on talking about to Jessica Jones TV show but I think I have to stop doing that because I can’t hold it any longer. I’m going to burst.
The show is so good. I have seen the first couple of episodes and because i didn’t work on it directly i can say this with full no ego fanfare: i loved it!!
and believe me, i was going to be the hardest on it. harder than any of you.
jessica is a part of my DNA. A bad jessica jones show would have hurt me deeply.
BUT it is faithful and lively and everything that I could personally have wanted from the show. the mean streets of marvel netflix from a different perspective than matt’s but at the same time… it all fits. just like the comics on their best day. and just like Netflix DD, the look of the show is cracklin’ noir but with its own palette.
i did not work on the show because I’m working on Powers, and I can’t be everywhere, and also the show was ALWAYS in very very very good hands. I had read the very first drafts of Melissa Rosenberg’s pilot when it was at ABC and i was so flattered by her faithfulness and just getting why we made the book in the first place. i met with the assembled writer’s room and had the surreal experience of finally being in a room where i knew the answers to people’s question.
krysten ritter is soooo good. and michael colter. wait until you see michael colter. the casting of luke cage, in my opinion, and have said this to everyone behind the scenes, is as strong and spot on as the casting of tony stark. its probably the hardest to cast and they got it. perfect.
i can’t wait to see the rest and i can’t wait for you to see it too. i’m VERY proud to have my name on it. and i loved emailing michael gaydos the good news.”
I don’t know about y’all, but this makes me (even more) hugely excited to see the show. Krysten Ritter is a fantastic actress (so good I wanted to kill Breaking Bad’s Jane, myself), and I’m absolutely thrilled she’s gotten this opportunity. Don’t even get me started on TENNANT, and I’m anxious to see more of the hotness that is Mike Colter. All in all, I think we have every reason to run in circles like this…
until Jessica Jones is on our screens this December.
(I must interject my own enthusiasm for Powers, here. It’s not perfect, but the Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Noah Taylor triad is phenomenal.)