Jessica Gao, the head writer of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, revealed that Better Call Saul and Fleabag heavily inspired the concept of breaking the fourth wall.
In an interview with Variety, Jessica Gao discussed the creative process behind the series and the various inspirations that influenced its themes and humor.
Fleabag’s execution of the fourth wall breaking through the protagonist’s inner thoughts and commentary to the audience served as a common comparison for She-Hulk’s approach. Additionally, Gao noted the way Better Call Saul weaves its comedy into the more dramatic scenes as a source of inspiration for She-Hulk.
She-Hulk Writer took Inspiration from Better Call Saul
Although the two shows have different tones, the humor in both shows is similar in style, including the low-budget, catchphrase-filled law office promotion released for the series. Furthermore, Better Call Saul laid the groundwork for a compelling legal show inside and outside the courtroom, essential for She-Hulk’s storyline as Jennifer Walters balances life as a hulk and a superhero while remaining a lawyer.
Identity is a central theme in She-Hulk, exploring the difference in perception between Jennifer Walters and the more desired She-Hulk. Gao drew comparisons to the dynamic between Jimmy McGill and the more famous Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul.
In addition to Fleabag and Better Call Saul, Gao mentioned American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson as another show that influenced the wider series, particularly in demonstrating the full trial process.
About She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law follows Jennifer Walters, a lawyer, and cousin of Bruce Banner, who balances her career and superhero identity. With a blend of humor, drama, and fourth-wall-breaking, the show promises to be a unique addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The critics praised the show’s fresh and unique perspective on the superhero genre and fourth wall breaking. Still, the audience didn’t like the show for all the same reasons, like lack of writing, worst CGI, and especially being inconsistent with the source material and failing to capture the essence of the original comic book characters.