It won’t be long before a new season of Jessica Jones arrives on Netflix. While early indications are that the new episodes may not be as well-received as Season 1–at least at first–it’s still one of Netflix’s most highly anticipated returns.
Ahead of the premiere, the streaming service has offered a new behind-the-scenes look at the women who bring the show to life–namely the cast and creator/showrunner Melissa Rosenberg–and what made it such a massive hit in the first place. “Jessica Jones resonated in such a big way because we haven’t seen a superhero like this before,” star Krysten Ritter, who plays the titular role, says in the video. “Jessica’s strong, she is vulnerable and despite everything that she’s been through, she still fights.”
For Rosenberg, that’s what makes the character so special. “It’s not about being a superhero, it’s about being a human being in the world,” she explains. “All of the characters are dealing with the issue of ‘Who am I?’ and ‘How do I fit into the world?'”
Of course, another reason the series resonated with such a large audience was it shined a spotlight on the lack of female superheroes getting attention. While Black Widow and Scarlet Witch both feature heavily in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, neither has gotten their own movie yet. Meanwhile, Jessica Jones allowed a woman to serve as the primary focal point of a superhero story, long before Wonder Woman was a box office success or Captain Marvel went into production.
Still, as important as having a character like Jessica at the front of her own show, Rosenberg realizes this is more than a story about a female hero. “It’s not necessarily about a woman’s perspective. It’s about a balanced perspective,” she explains.
However, she’s quick to note how rare this type of story–and the team assembled to tell it–is. “A powerful female protagonist, or female director, or female showrunner–that shouldn’t be unique,” Rosenberg says.
The second season of Jessica Jones will arrive on Netflix on March 8. Not coincidentally, that also happens to be International Women’s Day.
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Author: Chris E. Hayner
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