Krysten Ritter & Melissa Rosenberg on the Relatability of Jessica Jones — Exclusive
Jessica Jones isn’t your average superhero.
The latest Marvel character to snag her own Netflix series — before joining The Defenders — doesn’t wear a costume, doesn’t love her powers, and isn’t trying to save the universe. But it’s this aversion to the typical comic book tropes that’s going to have fans relating to her.
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“What they’ll connect [with] most about her is just how human she is,” Joe Quesada, chief creative officer at Marvel told Wetpaint. “She has this superpower that isn’t all that important and, in the traditional Marvel manner, it doesn’t make her life any better. She’s asked to find the hero within herself while she’s just trying to find herself.”
SJ Clarkson, who directed the first two episodes of the series, tells us “flawed and damaged” Jessica will even shy away from her abilities and considers them a “burden.”
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It’s this darkness — but also levity — that drew showrunner Melissa Rosenberg to Krysten Ritter when looking for the show’s heroine, someone who could have an “incredible range.”
“One of the the most important aspects of Jessica Jones is she has to be able to deliver a dry line and have a biting sense of humor which Krysten just delivers,” Melissa dishes to us. “Then I saw her work on Breaking Bad and this deep emotional place she can go to.”
According to Melissa, Jessica is a “survivor” and someone who “plows forward” through all the trauma and damage she has amassed during her life.
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And while the show’s star, the former star of Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 herself, loves playing an equally badass and sassy female superhero, she notes fans will really connect with her because audiences can empathize with her.
“Jessica’s struggles are so personal and intimate. She’s not trying to save the universe,” Krysten told reporters. “Her s—t is all really real and personal.”
Jessica Jones is available on Netflix now!