Only women will direct Jessica Jones Season 2, and that's great news

Catch Team | First published: 25 October 2016, 0:13 IST
Jessica Jones

There's no superhero that's even remotely as average as Marvel's Jessica Jones. She uses her real name, sports no gimmicky costume, and absolutely refuses to live up to the superhero crime-fighting experience.

Yes, she too suffers from that deep-seated messiah complex like every other superhero. Plus there's that little thing about superhuman strength.

But Jessica Jones doesn't train to hone her superhero skills. Instead, she weakens it with alcohol, is debauched at best and an emotional wreck at her worst. She's painfully relatable. So, when Netflix brought out a show about her, it had to live up to that fantastic expectation of being realistic. And it did.

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A large part of the credit for this completely everyday superhuman, who could be anyone you know or even you, goes to the people who toil behind the scenes. Incidentally, what made Marvel's Jessica Jones worth its salt was the inclusion of women in telling her story. The inclusion of women in telling a story about a woman.

Seems pretty standard, doesn't it? Except it's not. While women made up 1/3rd of the directors for Jessica Jones Season 1, that's not a highly usual occurrence.

Popular shows from the past year like Stranger Things, Fargo and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia have had white, male directors and that seems to be the general industry trend.

" All 13 episodes of season 2 will have female directors."

What's phenomenal then, is that the executive producer of Jessica Jones, Melissa Rosenberg has announced that all 13 episodes of season 2 will have female directors.

During a panel discussion at Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment, a conference at University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Rosenberg made the announcement that she was going with an all-female group of directors.

Rosenberg also noted that Marvel was completely in agreement with her decision. A welcome change.

How's this diversity?

A counter-argument to inclusiveness is to question why Rosenberg would only have a homogenous population i.e. women direct the whole season. Wouldn't that serve to eliminate the male voice?