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.
That wasn’t the initial plan, though Rosenberg and Marvel are both totally on board with it. Originally, they began their search for female directing talent in an effort to increase the number of female directors on the show’s second season and because such talents are in high demand as of late; male directors would be considered further along in the pre-production process. But when the idea was floated that Jessica Jones feature an all-female directing team, Rosenberg and her producers ran with it.
Regarding the inclusive practice of hiring behind-the-scenes talent, Rosenberg said it’s “a conscious decision and it’s very important that showrunners do that.”
“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, what are you bringing to the table personally?” Rosenberg said. “I don’t want a bunch of people who look and sound [like me] and have the experiences I have.”
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.
If you find yourself in need of a strong female role model or a little extra boost to your self confidence, Rosenberg has a lot more to say over at Variety’s write-up, so be sure to take a look.