As great as Marvel’s superhero presence on the big screen and small screen alike has been, their sole female-fronted series has been Netflix’s Jessica Jones. So until Captain Marvel debuts in early 2019, star Krysten Ritter and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg will be representing for the ladies on the Marvel side of things. And if a new report is any indication, they’ll be playing up the gender card to its fullest potential.
As Variety writes, Rosenberg announced that all 13 episodes of the second season of Jessica Jones will be directed by women. Rosenberg revealed the news of the all-female directors roster Friday at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism during her panel for the “Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment” conference.
Women made up about one-third of directors for Jessica Jones’ first season. That might not sound like a lot, but that’s almost twice the average. Last year, less than 18% of television episodes had female directors- with Jessica Jones being one of the more female-represented shows. Men (especially white men) still make up an overwhelming percentage of television show directors, with shows like Fargo, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Stranger Things not having any women or people of color behind the camera. And it’s not getting much better. For example, the next season of Game of Thrones doesn’t have any female directors, despite its focus on female rulers.
The move puts Jessica Jones in the same conversation as Ava DuVernay‘s Queen Sugar, the OWN drama that also featured an all-female directing roster in its debut season. Unfortunately, no details about the directors themselves have been revealed and neither has any information about the superheroine’s second season been released. Rosenberg did say that scripts were nearing completion in anticipation of the start of shooting, which is set for next year.
( Source : Variety/Google News )