The long-awaited renewal is not much of a surprise. “Jessica Jones” premiered in November to strong reviews, with Variety’s Maureen Ryan heralding it as “not just a contender for the title of best Marvel-related TV property [but] one of the year’s most distinctive new dramas.”
Part of Marvel Television’s super-powered deal with Netflix that includes four original series based on the characters in the comic giant’s universe, “Jessica Jones” gained attention for being one of the few comic adaptations to feature a female lead (another being CBS’ new drama, “Supergirl,” based on DC Entertainment characters). Like “Daredevil,” the first series to come out of this pact, its themes and situations are darker and more sinister than more network fare.
“All the conversations I wanted to be happening around it are happening,” executive producer and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg told Variety after the show’s release. “There are just these wildly articulate insightful pieces being done about a feminist perspective, a political perspective, at a time where these subjects are getting some attention about women in Hollywood and women in the world, and how we’re portrayed in the media. It’s my life goal to contribute something to the world that hopefully moves it in a positive direction.”
“Jessica Jones” also stars Mike Colter as Luke Cage, another character from the Marvel universe, who will have his own series starting in 2016. This year also welcomes season two of “Daredevil,” with Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez taking over as showrunners.