Diversity in the superhero genre might not be at the level that everyone had hoped, but the highly anticipated second season of Netflix's Jessica Jones will be featuring strong leadership by women both in front of and behind the camera.
To help spread the idea of female empowerment and bring the next chapter of our favorite superpowered private investigator onto our screens, every single episode of the second season of Jessica Jones will feature a female director.
At the Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment panel held at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, executive producer and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg stated that she wanted to increase female representation behind the camera for the upcoming season by "setting their sights on booking women first and contracting male directors later in the pre-production process."
According to the Directors Guild of America, there was a small improvement from 16% to 17% of women who directed television episodes. Rosenberg elaborated at the panel that showrunners need to be aware of the importance of their "conscious decision" to have a crew that is diverse and inclusive.
"When I interview a writer, I'm less interested in what you've been doing professionally than I am in where you're from, what your parents do, what's your life experience and what you are bringing to the table personally," said Rosenberg of her process. "I don't want a bunch of people who look and sound [like me] and have the experiences I have."
While Marvel's Cinematic Universe features the strong male heroes saving the world from aliens and bad ideas, Jessica Jones provided viewers with an insight to the world of superheroes that they might not have ever considered before. Beyond the incredible performance by Krysten Ritter as the title character, the show told a deeper story than a bitter failed superhero trying to live in New York.
Jones is portrayed as a flawed superpowered person who didn't really succeed in the whole superhero gig. She isn't just seen swooping in and saving some people in New York, she's seen as a real person who is struggling with PTSD. The series didn't just focus on ladies being the ones needing saving; it showed them dealing with things real people deal with: from heavier issues like sexual assault to the everyday struggles of maintaining friendships.
A variety of female directors would allow the series the potential to incorporate more experiences that some people have actually lived through in their daily lives.
The second season Netflix's Jessica Jones is expected to begin shooting in 2017.