‘Jessica Jones’ Krysten Ritter Faces Kilgrave, A Heath Ledger-Ish Joker Villain

Jessica Jones, which stars Krysten Ritter, joins the ranks of heroes on Netflix and in Hell’s Kitchen as a new trailer debuted just a couple of days ago. The recent footage for the second of four upcoming Marvel Netflix series leading to the team up of The Defenders shows more about Kilgrave, played by Doctor Who’s David Tennant, who faces off with Ritter in the series.


According to video interviews conducted by TV Guide, executive producer Jeph Loeb gives an idea of what kind of influence Kilgrave has on Jessica in regard to her past. This is where Loeb mentions where her character starts off in the Netflix series. Tennant is also described by executive producer Michelle Rosenberg.

“He is just delicious! He’s just swallowing this part whole!”

Rachel Taylor, who plays Trish Walker who is best friends to Ritter’s character, Jessica, describes Kilgrave as a “psychological character villain.”

“He’s certainly a psychological villain in the sense that the damage that he does is very emotional and sinister in that way.”

Such damage was likely dealt to Krysten Ritter’s character by her villainous arch enemy and, according to Independent, focuses on Kilgrave and Jessica’s rivalry, insomuch that it’s led up to her having a PTSD disorder. She’s attempting to handle her trauma via booze as her friend Trish attempts to help Ritter’s character, only to have the help ignored. It looks hard to get through her tough exterior.

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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 10: Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb and Krysten Ritter attend the Netflix Presents The Casts Of Marvel’s Daredevil And Marvel’s Jessica Jones At New York Comic-Con at Jacob Javits Center on October 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Netflix)

Tennant’s Kilgrave, also according to Independent, is thought to be comparable to Heath Ledger’s Joker character in The Dark Knight.

The second trailer to Jessica Jones shows Krysten’s character being tormented by Kilgrave in certain scenes proven to be eerily creepy.

The footage seen up until this point shows the environment in a purple-ish hue, representative of Krysten Ritter’s arch rival and is seemingly quite manipulative.

It was also reported by TV Guide that a costume for Jessica Jones will be present, but not in the same fashion of the version the comic that goes by the additional surname of Jewel. In comparison, Krysten’s character never wore a costume up to this point, at least back in her crime fighting days. Ritter is also seen in a post-bar room brawl in one of the Netflix teasers.

A review of Jessica Jones, starring Ritter, was published by Entertainment Tonight. It was produced by Melissa Rosenberg who was also the screen writer for the Twilight Saga. The series is touted as a dark fantasy. The cityscape is described in such a grim, solemn fashion, where a violet color is prominent and representative of an ever-alluring Kilgrave.

“The cinematography captures the Gothic beauty of the real New York, its skyscrapers reflected in gutter puddles, lighting up a violet night that suggests Jessica’s archenemy, Kilgrave (David Tennant), might be lurking down the next alley.”

The show was also compared to CSI, except that in her show, Krysten Ritter has super human abilities.

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PASADENA, CA – JULY 29 : Actor David Tennant of the television show “Doctor Who” speaks during the BBC America portion of the 2009 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel on July 29, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

All 13 episodes will debut this Nov. 20, and along with it a future Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and finally a team-up between them all, The Defenders. The show stars Mike Colter’s Luke Cage, Carrie-Ann Moss as Jeryn Hogarth, Rachael Taylor as the aforementioned Trish Walker, David Tennant as Kilgrave, Eka Darville portraying Malcom, Erin Moriarty as Hope, and Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones. Marvel fans can rejoice as this added hero to the ensemble of Hell’s Kitchen is the next “building block” in the Netflix series.

On a side note, and according to Deadline Hollywood, Krysten Ritter is to be executive producer to a new NBC series called Relative Success. It involves Ritter’s Silent Machine Entertainment. She’s also producing an upcoming show called Exposed starring Sarah Condon.

[Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images Entertainment]

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