For all their successes, a lot has been said about Marvel’s lack of diversity. I should know, as I said a bunch of it myself. Despite having a huge headstart with their cinematic universe, Marvel is actually about to get beaten to the punch when it comes to featuring a title helmed by a female director (that the movie, Wonder Woman, also trumps Marvel in putting out a female led movie is another sore point). But the comic book film studio is starting to adapt to the demands of a Hollywood that find itself under unprecedented pressure to be more shake it’s White Men’s Club image.
And while we’ll have to actually waiting 2019’s Captain Marvel before we see that change manifest itself on the big screen, their small screen efforts are transitioning much quicker. And leading the charge is the second season of their critically acclaimed Netflix collaboration Jessica Jones.
Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg recently appeared on a panel during the Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment conference at University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, during her talk revealed that all 13 episodes of the upcoming season will in fact be directed by female directors. Variety reports that this was not actually the original idea – Rosenberg was initially just planning to up the number of female directors from the first season’s total of three, and once they had enough female directors in place they would then reach out to their male counterparts. However, an unnamed production staff member then proposed the idea of going all-female and Rosenberg immediately latched onto it. The showrunner added that hiring an inclusive array of people was “a conscious decision and it’s very important that showrunners do that”.
Also important to Rosenberg was ensuring that whomever gets hired, whether it’s the directors or the writers, all bring a level of diversity that doesn’t just end with gender.
“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? I don’t want a bunch of people who look and sound [like me] and have the experiences I have.”
Jessica Jones‘ first season already gave us a taste of how personal these stories can get, as we saw a superhero story turned into a dark character study that touched on themes of rape, empowerment and guilt. What season two will bring to the table is still unclear, as Rosenberg indicated that the scripts are still being finalized right now.
Last Updated: October 26, 2016