When the second season of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” returns to Netflix, its directing credits will look a lot different than most shows. That’s because all 13 of its episodes will be directed by women, according to executive producer and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg.
Rosenberg announced the all-female directing roster during a panel at Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment, a day-long conference held Friday at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Variety TV critic Maureen Ryan first reported the announcement.
The show, which follows a failed superhero and alcoholic, played by a steely Krysten Ritter, who’s now employed as a full-time private investigator, was well received when it debuted last year. Then-Times TV critic Mary McNamara called it a “marvel, legally, creatively and, it must be said, surprisingly,” noting that it “rewrote the definition of superhuman.”
“Yes, Jessica Jones is a woman granted extraordinary strength and, apparently, the ability to fly. But it's her superhumanity, rather than her superpowers, that makes the show so riveting.”
Fans also loved the show for how it exposed modern-day sexism.
Costar Rachael Taylor also tweeted about the news, calling it “cool.”
The move by the powers that be behind “Jessica Jones” comes as Hollywood is still grappling with conversations about diversity and inclusion, as prompted by the #OscarsSoWhite campaign. It follows suit behind that of director Ava DuVernay, who also only chose female directors for her OWN television show, “Queen Sugar.”
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