Netflix has just teamed up with Disney to bring to life four live-action miniseries focusing on Luke Cage, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones.
Eventually, these separate miniseries, each containing 13 episodes, will culminate in one live-action miniseries called The Defenders. It’ll begin in 2015 with Daredevil, then Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and finally Luke Cage.
We last saw Daredevil, a blind superhero whose other senses are heightened after radioactive exposure, on the big screen being portrayed by Ben Affleck. Needless to say, both the performance and film – written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson – were critically panned.
Jessica Jones is a former superheroine turned private eye who headlines Alias, a comic book series created by Brian Michael Bendis. Not to be confused with the Jennifer Garner – aka Elektra in Daredevil – TV series, of course. In the comics, she becomes romantically involved with Luke Cage, a superhero with “near-impervious skin and superhuman strength”. Finally, Iron Fist aka Danny Rand-K’ai is a martial artist/superhero.
Meanwhile, we’ve still got ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a possible Agent Carter TV series centering on Hayley Atwell’s character from Captain America: The First Avenger. Marvel seems intent on dominating our screens, and I’m not complaining so long as we get more female-led series. Jessica Jones and Agent Carter both seem like a step in the right direction.