'GMA' 40 for 40: Everything You Need to Know About Marvel's 'Jessica Jones'

The cast stopped by GMA's 40 for 40 to explain the new show.

ByABC News
November 17, 2015, 5:39 PM

— -- We are just three days away from Netflix's newest Marvel show "Jessica Jones" and the series, starring Krysten Ritter, is getting a lot of buzz.

"Good Morning America's" T.J. Holmes was at the red carpet event Tuesday night in New York to chat with the cast and see what all the hype is about.

Holmes said more than 200 people were waiting in line to get a glimpse of Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor and the rest of the gang bringing this story to life on Netflix. Holmes interviewed the cast as part of "Good Morning America's" 40th anniversary event and 40 straight hours of live streaming.

So, who is Jessica Jones?

Melissa Rosenberg, executive producer for past shows like "Dexter" and now for "Jones" said this is "a very different kind of superhero story."

"You're not going to be seeing her in unitard anytime soon," she added. "She’s a hard-boiled, edgy, very damaged person."

Rosenberg said Ritter put on 10 pounds of solid muscle for the role and that she hopes this "real" character and hero starts a trend in the comic world.

Jones is a former superhero who is now a private investigator, who tends to drink from time to time. Jones, played by Ritter, is also involved romantically with another hero Luke Cage, played by Mike Colter. In the books, they are married. In the series, it seems like you see their relationship blossom from the beginning.

Former "Matrix" star Carrie-Anne Moss, who plays a historically male character Jeryn Hogarth in the series, raved about Ritter's performance.

"This show is really character driven ... it's edgy, it's dark … it’s not a slick superhero, there’s no costumes," Moss said. "It's very grounded in truth."

Moss said Ritter's character is not "exploited, she's not there wearing costumes to be looked at in that way." She added she's a real person with real issues.

"[Ritter] has this sense of humor and ability to bring this very tragic character and you root for her and care for her," she continued.

Jones got her powers, according to the comics, when the car she was traveling in collided with a military vehicle carrying radioactive chemicals. Her father was killed in the crash, and she grew up in an orphanage until she was adopted by the Jones family.

Ritter herself spoke to Holmes and said "When we meet [Jones] she is rebuilding her life."

"Its ... closer to 'Silence of the Lambs' than to 'Avengers,'" Ritter said of the dark series. "It's a real psychological thriller."

Ritter said she trained 90 minutes a day for more than two months before she even stepped on set.

"It's really empowering and addicting," she said. "I do a lot of stunts, I do real drama … also she’s funny at times."

Jones has had a rough past and was once controlled by the villain Kilgrave, who used mind control to get her to do his bidding. Kilgrave is played by David Tennant. It's assumed much of Season 1 will focus on Jones dealing with her past demons and avoiding Kilgrave's clutches.

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