New York Comic Con closed out with a bang on Saturday night, along with a few special surprises: Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb was on hand to moderate panels for the Netflix series Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
Loeb started the panel by teasing that he was going to do “something unexpected,” before briefly bringing Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Mike Colter (Luke Cage) to the stage: a.k.a. three out of the four “Defenders.” (Iron Fist, who is the fourth member of the group, has not yet been cast.) After the crowd settled down, Loeb introduced the cast and creative team of Daredevil: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Elodie Yung, Jon Bernthal, and showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez.
While Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada explained his love for the character of Daredevil, telling the crowd, “I couldn’t have drawn it any better,” The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal drew big cheers and a lot of audience love for his role as Frank Castle, a.k.a. The Punisher. “I know how important this character is to you guys and I know how important this show is to you guys,” he told the crowd. “And I know how important he is to law enforcement, to the military, and I looked at this as a huge honor, a huge responsibility. I give you my absolute word I’m going to give everything that I have.” (Bernthal made similar comments to EW before the panel.)
Joining Bernthal in the “new class” of Daredevil characters was Elodie Yung as Elektra. The actress, who is a black belt in karate, told the crowd playing the character was intense and exciting. “I couldn’t be happier,” she said.
When asked about the direction of the season, which promises to be darker and more intense thanks to the arrival of these two popular characters, Ramirez joked, “You asked for it,” before saying that much of the first season was spent in the writer’s room wondering if there was room for more sophisticated and more grounded content.
“Every day you go into work and it’s such a blessing. Because all of us, across the board, we love two things: one of them is Matt Murdock, and the other is the world that Matt Murdock investigates,” shared Petrie. After a few audience questions, the Daredevil cast took their leave in order to allow the Jessica Jones team to take the stage. Cast members Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty, Wil Traval, and executive producer/showrunner Melissa Rosenberg were all on hand to talk about the upcoming series.
“It’s been a pretty crazy ride,” said Rosenberg, who revealed she had been working on getting Jessica Jones off the ground for four years. “To be sitting at the table with the show and the cast… it’s an extraordinary payoff.” That sentiment was shared among the cast, as Rachael Taylor, who plays Jessica’s best friend, Trish (a.k.a. Hellcat, better known as Patsy Walker), noted that it was the “richness of female friendship” and girl power that drew her to the show.
One of the biggest newsworthy moments during the panel was the reveal of Moss’ character: she’ll play a gender-swapped Jeryn Hogarth, a lawyer who, in the comics, has connections to Iron Fist (who rounds out the rest of the Defenders). “As someone who’s embodied that female warrior action person, to see Krysten Ritter do it on a whole other level… I feel like I’m grateful to be with Marvel and Netflix,” Moss told the crowd.
The panel also included a sizzle reel of Daredevil season one, along with some exclusive footage from season two. “You’re the first person to see any footage,” Loeb told an excited crowd, who got even more excited when they learned that they’d be seeing the first episode of Jessica Jones which arrives on Netflix on Nov. 20. Unfortunately, we were sworn to secrecy about everything — but while we can’t tell you about the episode, here’s what else we can share:
Jessica Jones arrives on Netflix Nov. 20. Daredevil returns in 2016.