Marvel is constantly trying to be inclusive in their movies, and comics, but that doesn’t just end there. For the next season of Jessica Jones, women will be directing all 13 episodes of the show.
Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg talked about this at a convention during her panel at Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment, a conference held Friday at University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She talked about wanting to increase the amount of female directors, and Marvel being okay with this. The original plan was not to hire a complete roster of women to direct the episodes, instead just hiring as many as they could and getting male directors later. Someone within the camp, (she didn’t specify who), suggested that they do just that. While she admits that she didn’t consider that in the beginning, once the suggestion was made, Rosenberg jumped on it.
When it comes to being inclusive, it is “a conscious decision and it’s very important that showrunners do that,” she said. Jessica Jones is one of the few shows out there that has an all-female group of directors. Rosenberg notes that without conscientiousness from the people making movies and TV shows. “I think the only reason I’m sitting here is because of tenacity. It’s a tough business. You really have to be able to take a hit,” Rosenberg said. “I’ve gotten fired so many times, I can’t even count now… That’s the nature of the business, it’s really hard,” She says that it was “delusional optimism” that got her through the worst of it. “You have to be able to pick yourself up and say that tomorrow is going to be better than today.”
The difficulties that surround women in the workforce in general, but more specifically in the film business. “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.” Representation is important for all groups of people who are undermined in our world, and Rosenberg and her team are doing their part in making sure that representation in shown in their show.
What do you think? I’m happy that people are trying to actively make a difference when it comes to representation in the media, and hope to see more of that, like we saw most recently in Luke Cage. Do you think that this is helpful for minorities? Does this make you excited to watch the show? Let us know in the comment section down below, or on Twitter or Instagram!