'Jessica Jones' strips down a superhero as Marvel gets gritty on Netflix

Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:43pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marvel's first leading female superhero on-screen, "Jessica Jones," swigs whiskey out of a paper bag, relishes a scathing put-down, is not afraid to get dirty fighting villains and does what she pleases in a new Netflix series.

Streaming all 13 episodes Friday on online streaming platform Netflix Inc, "Jessica Jones" follows the damaged, tough-talking private investigator Jones as she is tormented by Kilgrave, a villain with mind-control powers.

Played by Krysten Ritter, "Jessica Jones," who has the power of super-strength, is the first female superhero to headline her own Marvel show in a genre dominated by male characters.

"She's a complex human being, and it's so rare that women get to play those roles," said show creator Melissa Rosenberg.

"The audiences have been in the past slow to respond to a deeply flawed female character. We've been held up to a much greater standard and it's been incredibly limiting."

The show is set a in Hell's Kitchen in New York destroyed by the events in 2012's "Avengers" film, interconnected into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which includes the blockbuster films, ABC television shows and Netflix's "Daredevil" series.

Aside from "F-bombs and explicit nudity," Rosenberg said she was able to test the limits on Netflix by not being held to broadcast television or movie studio restrictions.

"The boundaries are being pushed in terms of how deep into the dark recess of human psyche we can go, how ugly we can make characters, how much on edge," she said.   Continued...

Krysten Ritter stars in Netflix's "Jessica Jones". REUTERS/Netflix/Myles Aronowitz/Handout