Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones at Netflix’s Panel at NYCC 2015. Netflix and Marvel had some announcements and surprises at their panel involving their series Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Daredevil came for it’s second year at the convention while this would mark the first time Jessica Jones would be at a panel as the series prepares for it’s release in November. The cast of both series was join by Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb as they discussed what’s coming for Daredevil’s second season and the action behind their latest new series Jessica Jones. Before starting the panel, Loeb brought out Charlie Cox, Mike Coulter, and Krysten Ritter who play Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones in their respective series to show those involved for the upcoming miniseries The Defenders.
Jeph Loeb kicked off the panel with Daredevil by showing fans a clip giving a recap of what happened in season one along with a few glimpses of season two coming next year in 2016. The new clip also gave us some shots of Elodie Yung as the elusive Marvel character Elektra and Jon Bernthal as the brutal Frank Castle/The Punisher. After showing the clip, Jeph Loeb brought the cast on stage including Cox, Bernthal, Yung, Deborah Ann Woll, and Elden Henson along with Marvel COO Joe Quesada and series showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez. Marco and Doug discussed how they are tackling season two saying that they would continue to have a darker tone with the entrance of Frank Castle. The two EPs also acknowledged Steven S. DeKnight’s work on the first season and hopes to continue that moving forward.
Elodie and Bernthal talked about playing their characters and being a part of the show. Elodie found it to be intense and exciting for her to play Elektra and even learned martial arts and Muay Thai to prepare for the role. Bernthal said that he knew how important The Punisher is to fans and hopes that he gives a definite one that everybody can enjoy. Henson described his recent fame due to the success of Daredevil as he finds himself recognized by fans. Regarding Matt and Karen’s relationship, Deborah answered by saying that there would be more of Matt and Karen during the second season. Deborah also loves working with Charlie on the series because of how different the show is. Lastly, Charlie talked about playing a character that doesn’t have enhanced abilities and would love to see the courage coming out of him.
The panel opened to Q&A as the cast answered some questions about their characters and season two. Charlie Cox went up first saying that he found playing a blind man to be difficult to portray realistic, but managed to pull it off. He also mentioned his involvement with the American Foundation for the Blind who gave him an award for his portrayal as the blind superhero. Cox also went as far as receiving help from the foundation’s Joe Strechay to help prepare him for the role. Doug and Marco discussed how they would be exploring the characters for this new season and probably have some flashbacks as well. The first half of the panel ended with Jeph fulfilling the audience’s request to replay the clip before the Jessica Jones panel starts.
Jeph later introduced EP Melissa Rosenberg and the cast including Erin Moriaty, Eka Darville, Wil Traval, Carrie-Ann Moss, Rachel Taylor, Mike Coulter, and series lead Krysten Ritter as they talked about working on the series. Jeph also acknowledged Brian Michael Bendis and the rest of the writing staff who were among the attendees of the panel for helping make the series. Erin talked about her experience working with Melissa again and getting to know the rest of the cast saying that she was happy to be a part of the show. Eka and Trevell also discussed their involvement with the series when they mentioned how different and unique Jessica Jones is, with Trevell explaining having to work with some the cast before and being able to film in New York. Carrie said she absolutely loved Melissa’s script when she first read it and feels excited and grateful to be on the series filled with strong women. Rachel had a similar comment about that saying she liked how the show gave some focus on her character Trish and Jessica’s friendship just like her closeness with Krysten. Mike Coulter, who is in the midst of shooting Luke Cage, said he enjoyed the series simple, real, and grounded format thanks to Melissa’s writing. Krysten described her experience working with British actor David Tennant saying she had a blast having him on set and learned a lot from him.
Since David couldn’t attend Comic Con, the actor recorded a message for the audience wishing them well and hopes they enjoy his performance in the series. Before ending the panel, Jeph offered fans a treat by showing them the first episode of Jessica Jones before it drops on Netflix with the entire season on November 20. The episode gave fans a look into the life of Jessica Jones, a former superhero who now works as a private investigator helping people with problems like cheating spouses and missing persons. We get some background on her and see her going through PTSD at points due to her shady past with Tennant’s Kilgrave. The rest of the episode deals with her getting to know her neighbor Luke Cage and helping two parents find out what happened to their daughter.
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