Marvel’s Jessica Jones is yet another a long line of great shows from Marvel, and it’s probably given us one of the best examples of female leads done right.
The show is not only brimming with varied female characters in itself, it is also run by a woman by the name of Melissa Rosenberg. This is especially nice to see in the world of comic book adaptations, which are usually dominated by men.
That’s not to say there aren’t good female characters elsewhere in comic book adaptations, but this is one of the very few with women in many of lead roles.
One of those women is Carrie Anne-Moss, who has seemingly not aged at all since her days as Trinity in The Matrix trilogy. Carrie plays the role of Jeryn Hogarth, a partner at a powerful law firm who is a lesbian. This character is actually based off of a male character in the original comics, and is all treated very matter-of-factly.
“I think it’s a great time to be a woman. I think that a lot of the conversations we’re having around [diversity], any minute we won’t be having them. We’ll move on to something else.”
“When I was a kid,” Carrie continued, “I don’t think I even knew what being gay was, and now it’s just part of our culture. It’s changing so rapidly right now. It’s great.”
When discussing the very strong script of Jessica Jones, Carrie had this to say: “I love that kind of writing. You’re not being spoon-fed anything. You’re discovering it.”
I think most of us will agree with her assessment. While Jessica Jones is a show about people with superpowers interacting with each other, alongside ordinary humans, it is more about the interactions between the characters and their inner lives, which makes them more complex and interesting.
“They’re not talking about their hair and a guy. Jessica Jones isn’t dressed in a sexy outfit to turn people on,” Carrie said. “She’s gritty. She’s a human being.”
One thing’s for sure, Marvel’s Jessica Jones is definitely one to watch. It’s dark, gritty and sexually frank, as well as being full of interesting characters. The main villain already seems, only after a couple of episodes, genuinely twisted and frightening. I can’t wait to see where it goes.