Luke Cage casting

The first collaboration between Marvel Studios and Netflix is Daredevil, which features Charlie Cox as blind New York City attorney Matt Murdock, who assumes a heroic alter-ego to fight crime in Hell’s Kitchen. The second collaboration will be A.K.A. Jessica Jones, which will star Krysten Ritter as the title character, a former superhero turned private investigator. And the third will be Luke Cage, featuring a guy who, in Marvel Comics lore, gained powers through experiments done to him in prison. Now we’ve got the primary Luke Cage casting, as Mike Colter — long rumored for the part — has been cast in the title role.  Read More »

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Krysten Ritter

Lots of fans were thrilled when Krysten Ritter was cast as the lead of Marvel’s new Netflix series A.K.A. Jessica Jones, but it seems Ritter herself wasn’t one of them. A fan, that is — Ritter admits she didn’t have much comic book experience before she booked the role.

However, that’s changing as Ritter gets deep into preparations for the project. In a new interview, she geeks about the role, declaring the Jessica Jones comics to be the the most addictive thing since NPR’s Serial. Which, if you’ve heard Serial, you’ll know is high praise indeed. Hit the jump for the Krysten Ritter Jessica Jones comments.  Read More »

Krysten Ritter

UPDATE: Marvel.com has confirmed Ritter’s casting and the title of the show, A.K.A. Jessica Jones. The original story follows and the press release is after the jump.

Marvel has yet to cast Captain Marvel, but they’ve chosen the lead of the Netflix series Jessica Jones. Krysten Ritter, best known for her work on Breaking Bad, Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars, has been tapped to play the lead character. Jones is a superhero with post-traumatic-stress-disorder who retires and becomes a detective, helping both regular people as well as superheroes. Melissa Rosenberg is showrunning the series, which will be the second of four Marvel Studios is bringing to Netflix. The first, Daredevil, is almost done shooting its first season. Read more about the Jessica Jones casting below. Additionally, it’s looking like Mike Colter will be cast as Luke Cage. Read More »

Jessica Jones Casting

With shooting already well underway on Daredevil, Marvel is getting the ball rolling on its next two Netflix shows. Testing has begun for the lead role in Jessica Jones, with Krysten Ritter, Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, and Jessica De Gouw in the mix.

Meanwhile, Lance Gross and Mike Colter are being looked at to play Luke Cage, the character who will appear on Jessica Jones before going off to headline his own series. Hit the jump for more details on the Luke Cage and Jessica Jones casting. Read More »

Defenders NYC

Filming in the biggest U.S. cities can be incredibly expensive. Thanks to the costs of permits, security, and simple logistics, to actually film on location in New York City or Los Angeles is not financially feasible for many major productions. But most major productions aren’t backed by Marvel or Disney. Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a special, multi-million dollar incentive program created specifically to lure Marvel Studios to New York to film the entirety of its Netflix series of shows, That’s 60 one-hour episodes total, which will now be shot in NYC.

UPDATE: We updated with the full press release.

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XMen as Avengers

Which milestone did Thor: The Dark World just cross? How will X-Men: Apocalypse tie in with X-Men: Days of Future Past? Want to see an alternate opening to Kick-Ass 2? Who is B.J. Novak playing The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Have producers decided on the title of Batman vs. Superman? How can you learn more about Jessica Jones? Why did Deadpool look the way he did in X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.

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AKA Jessica Jones

Briefly: Melissa Rosenberg, who was a writer/producer/showrunner on Dexter during the good years (she left after season four) and who wrote all the Twilight films, was once set to oversee a show called AKA Jessica Jones for ABC. The show would have been based on the superhero turned investigator character Jessica Jones from the Marvel Universe, as seen in the comic series Alias (no relation to the TV show) and Pulse. That was back in 2010, well before Marvel’s TV plans really came together.

Now Marvel’s TV plans are most definitely together, and Jessica Jones (along with Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) is among the shows slated to debut on Netflix in 2015, leading up to The Defenders mini-series. And, surprise surprise, Melissa Rosenberg will be overseeing the show. Read More »

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The announcement that Marvel and Disney are launching four characters on Netflix and ultimately building towards a super-team was a big deal. Starting in 2015 we’ll see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist on Netflix, and eventually they’ll all come together to form NYC-based team The Defenders.

But those characters may not be limited to appearances on Netflix. If the shows do well enough, Jay Rasulo, Senior Executive VP and CFO of the The Walt Disney Company, says that any one of those characters could earn their own movie. Read More »

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