Melissa Benoist has been winning plaudits with her role as Kara Zor-El, Super-man’s plucky cousin, also known as “Supergirl.” But ever since Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” has been aired on netflix: starring Krysten Ritter as the hot-headed, hard-drinking super-powered detective, “Supergirls” fans are finding her bubbly optimism harder to digest. Read on for the full details.
“Supergirl” currently has a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with “Jessica Jones” following close at her heels with a 94%. But in overwhelming numbers, fans seem to be leaning hard and fast towards Jones’ jaded cynicism and dark humor, as opposed to Supergirl’s aiming-for-the-heart optimism.
Consider for example, Sarah Long’s article at She Knows, enumerating all the reasons why Jones’ is better than Supergirl (and they are aplenty, with Long taking a shot at everything from Supergirl’s faux-feminism to her ‘silly costume with a skirt and f***-me boots’). Jessica Jones, for one, has a more realistic, gritty feel to it: akin to Marvel’s previous outing with Netflix that gave us the incredible “Daredevil.” She fights crime only reluctantly, and then too in her normal-people-clothes. Of course it does help that the series is headed by a dazzling array of talent including “Doctor Who” alum David Tennant as the malevolent ‘Kilgrave’, “The Matrix” trilogy’s Carrie-Ann Moss, and not in the least, Ritter herself, who shines in her portrayal of the ‘short-fused, hard-drinking, mess of a woman’, Jessica Jones (as Luke Cage says to her in the series itself).
Overwhelmingly, fans of the show seem to be deserting “Supergirl” for the “Jessica Jones” camp, as is evinced by these selection of tweets.
— Geek Girl Guide (@GGG_blog) November 24, 2015
— (((Ranty McRave))) (@RantyMcRave) November 24, 2015
— Adam Sproles (@sproles86) November 24, 2015
What do you think? Supergirls cheerful optimism, or Jessica Jones dark portrayal of reality? Let us know in the comments.
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