Following the Peabody Award winning Netflix series, Jessica Jones, show-runner Melissa Rosenberg is gearing up for the show’s second season. But before filming begins, leading lady Krysten Ritter will find herself joining The Defenders, the mini-series that’ll bring together Netflix’s four Defenders for the first time. How seamlessly the characters will fit together in The Defenders is yet to be seen, but it appears there is no shortage of collaboration between the folks running the individual shows.
“Mel (Melissa Rosenberg) has had some really helpful thoughts,” said Petrie. “Mel has been wonderful because she’s in this position of being a fellow artist and letting us do what we do, but at the same time loving her character and being protective of her character and wanting us to get it right and wanting to guide us and help up, but also let us be free. And she has walked that tight-rope so beautifully.
“There has to be people who are open to and enjoy collaboration,” Rosenberg added. “And not only with each other as partners in this, but with all the show-runners involved. I know I — I know all of us — felt really included in the process.”
Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez, who served as the show-runners for Daredevil Season 2, are gearing up to do the same for The Defenders. And while Petrie and Ramirez are ultimately in charge of The Defenders, should Rosenberg want to offer insights on her character’s arc in the upcoming series, all she needs to do is take a short walk down the hall. It’s refreshing to know all the show-runners are part of the process and that they are making sure the characters remain true to form.
According to Petrie, the individual arcs developed throughout their own shows will not be stopped as they moved into The Defenders. Much like the movies, we’ll see those pick-up when the solo shows return for their next seasons.
“None of them are stopping their character arcs, they’re just taking this incredible epic detour then going back into their own respective pools,” and said it’s been a fun challenge for him and Ramirez to start writing dialogue for the four street-level heroes.
It won’t be a cakewalk, but there is no doubt The Defenders are headed in the right direction, with the show-runners doing their own version of a team-up amongst themselves. Elaborating on the love they have for the Jessica Jones character, Petrie went on to say:
“It’s been really nice because also we’re fans of Jessica Jones. It’s this weird feeling of the first time I wrote dialogue for Jessica, I was typing in my office, and I go, like, ‘This is thrilling. Is it right? It’s like, is it my Jessica? Is it your Jessica? Is it the Jessica? Is it Krysten’s Jessica? Is it Marvel’s?'” he said. “The answer is yes, all of those, as the character grows and expands, but we couldn’t possibly move forward without Mel and without Krysten and their incredible relationship and their friendship and their collaboration. We just feel like we’re swimming in the same stream.”
As for Rosenberg, the fact that they can work so well together with Petrie and Ramirez on Jessica’s arc for The Defenders, while still ramping up the second season of their series, is an added bonus:
“What’s nice for us over on our side of the hall, is if we think — we’re still shaping what we want to do, but we’re like, maybe we can set them up over in the Defenders, let’s go talk to Doug (Petrie) and Marco (Ramirez), and we’re like, ‘Hey, what do you think about this?’ So it’s nice,” she said with a laugh, adding, “We’ve started gathering and thinking about where we’re going. We have a big job in front of us. The bar was set pretty high.”
Bringing these characters together in The Defenders will definitely make for an interesting turn given their very distinct personalities and storylines. It’ll also be interesting to see how the mini-series shapes the individual shows going forward. That begs the question, what can we expect from Jessica Jones season two? According to Rosenberg, supporting characters will become a strong focus.
“Some new characters that are only interesting in how they relate to our existing characters.” Rosenberg teased “we can really get into some very interesting aspects of their characters and where they’re from, where they’re going, all these things. I’m super excited about that.”
Here’s hoping this will mean more for the amazing Trish Walker, aka Hellcat. Although there’s been no confirmation regarding if we’ll see Rachael Taylor properly become Hellcat, Rosenberg isn’t ruling out the possibility.
“[There’s] always the promise,” Rosenberg said. “I mean, for me, the character of Trish is so rich, Hellcat or not. She’s already bad-ass. What’s most interesting to me is their relationship. You know, that friendship, that sisterhood. That’s the core of the show. That’s the core relationship of the show.”
When it comes to the main villain for season two, though, that is still a wait and see. As great of a villain as Kilgrave was during season one, it’s safe to say whoever ends up being the villain in season two? They’ll never be able to live up to David Tennant‘s menacing performance.
“David Tennant’s [Kilgrave], we’ll never create that again. That is one of the great iconic characters played by a profoundly talented actor. The objective is not to match that, not to try to do that again,” Rosenberg said.
Perhaps this opens the door for the show to utilize Nuke, a character that had a sizable role in season one, and who has a strong backstory. He’d be a pretty great fit for season two! What do you think? Sound off in the comments below!