‘Jessica Jones’ was supposed to be an ABC series
Netflix is launching its second Marvel superhero show in a few days and it’s looking good. But did you know that “Jessica Jones” was supposed be with ABC? Yup, four to five years ago.
Creator and executive producer Melissa Rosenberg revealed that a Jessica Jones television show had been in the works since 2010. Back then, it was dubbed “AKA Jessica Jones” and was supposed to be the first foray of the new Marvel Cinematic Universe into the small screen. They also wanted it launched on ABC, even before the network’s current “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
But that, as everybody already knows, did not pan out. And Rosenberg is thankful that it didn’t.
She tells TechInsider, “Had I fantasised about the perfect place for [Jessica Jones], it would have been Netflix.”
For those who have read the “Alias” comic book series and then saw the trailers, they’d most likely agree with Rosenberg’s sentiments. Jessica Jones is one of the more foul-mouthed Marvel superheroes out there. If she went to a mainstream TV network, the result would have been way different. Of course, the censorship would have been stricter and everybody gets a more muted Jessica Jones.
But it’s not just the tone of the show that was changed when it was ported to the Internet streaming service. In the show that’s launching on the 20th, Jessica has Patsy Walker a.k.a. Hellcat (Rachel Taylor) as best friend. If the show pushed through in ABC, though, the best friend would have been none other than Carol Danvers a.k.a. Ms. Marvel (then still called Captain Marvel). But Carol Danvers has become more popular with comic book readers from then to now, with her own movie in the works; so including her in the Netflix series was on longer an option.
But it was not all changed. David Tennant was always meant to Kilgrave and Kilgrave was always meant to be the ‘big bad wolf’ of the show.
Yet all that are no longer important. What’s important now is that “Jessica Jones” made it to production and will be premiering on Netflix. Watch all 13 episodes on the streaming service this Nov. 20.