It’s a big day for comic book fans. All 13 episodes of the first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones were released on Netflix today. Deadline interviewed the series’ executive producer, Melissa Rosenberg, about the development of the show, female superheroes, and season two plans.
Based on the Marvel character created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, Jessica Jones works as a private investigator in New York City who struggles with being a former superhero. In the series, she is played by Krysten Ritter.
Rosenberg, on Marvel’s first female-led series:
“We’re also are obviously very aware this is the first female superhero Marvel’s ever introduced as a lead. Bur there was never the intention of, “this is an issue series, we’re dealing with issues.” While issues of sexual assault and women in power are all issues that I certainly feel very passionately about taking on, the show’s all about exploring the inner workings of Jessica Jones and her ensemble. Their relationships, and Jessica’s examination of her own trauma and healing, in a way.”
On a possible season two:
“God willing, yeah. I’d love to do a Season 2 of this. I would love to do a Season 2. … I think one of the things I would be able to do now, that’s harder to do in the first season, is to really expand on the ensemble. Poor Krysten Ritter, she was in every scene that we shot, we beat the crap out of her. She was a shell of a human being by the time we ended, and that is not sustainable. But when you have a show that’s called Jessica Jones, if Jessica Jones isn’t in a scene the rest of it become almost irrelevant until you earn other character storylines. You’ve got to flesh out those characters enough that you can travel.”
On female superhero series:
“Well, in in some ways Jessica Jones and Supergirl are the opposite of one another, they both happen to have superpowers. But, in terms of the lack of parity, I think it is a good start and this is just the beginning I hope.”
What do you think? Have you started watching Marvel’s Jessica Jones? Would you like to see a second season? More female-led superhero series?