After creating a much-needed buzz with an all women directed second season, Marvel’s Jessica Jones’s fans would now enjoy the series protagonist Krysten Ritter aka Jessica as the director. The third and final season is aired Friday, and the beloved Jessica marks her directorial debut with the episode two, “AKA You’re Welcome.”
The sole female-fronted series dropped a 13-episode third season after days of speculations of the end of the Marvel Netflix shows with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher. Jessica Jones, which premiered in 2015 on Netflix, stars Krysten Ritter in the lead role, who is the epitome of girl power. For its 2nd season the executive producer and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg was roped in and it was also directed by women, reported Variety.
Expressing her excitement in a statement, Ritter said, “I am beyond thrilled to make my directorial debut on Marvel’s Jessica Jones. The entire crew and cast has become family to me, and I’m so appreciative of the opportunity to work with our incredible team in this new way. I am so grateful that Melissa Rosenberg, Jeph Loeb, Marvel, and Netflix and entrusted me to take the reins.”
Jessica Jones’s first season had 9 directors. Of them, 3 were women: S. J. Clarkson, Rosemary Rodriguez and Uta Briesewitz.
Praising for Ritter’s directorial debut in an interview last month, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg said, “It’s something she’s wanted to do for a long time and is certainly qualified to do,” she told ComicBook.com. “She and I started talking about it last season as well, but she’s in every scene of every episode so it just wasn’t possible. And then, as we were creating season three in the writers’ room, we realized the scene had even been written already and someone went ‘Oh my god! She’s not even really in this!’ So, what a great opportunity.”
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“Marvel agreed to it and Netflix did as well,” reveals the award-winning writer. “So I was able to hire her as a director and it was really very serendipitous that it worked out that way. She just fricking nailed it, man. There was no sign whatsoever that she was a first-time director. I’ve worked with directors with far more experience that were not even as near organized and specific,” Rosenberg explained praising about seeing a growth of women directors these days.
Earlier Ritter had expressed her feelings about working with female showrunnersand being surrounded by strong, powerful women with IndieWire.
“I love working with women because I’ve always been a girl’s girl. I’ve always gravitated towards amazing, strong, powerful women because I want to pick their brain and have them around me,” she explained. “I like to be vulnerable and raw, and I just feel more comfortable in those conversations with women. I’m especially glad ‘Jessica’ has a female showrunner. And Melissa has such integrity about the character and being a woman. It could have gone either way.”
Rosenberg even believes that the superhero show is a motive-driven series to increase the number of female directors — to which Marvel totally agreed with, she noted. She and her fellow producers are all set to give priorities to women first, and male directors later in the pre-production process.
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