Luke Cage season 2 will have half its episodes directed by women. After season 1 of his solo show, the man with unbreakable skin was last seen in The Defenders. The team-up series introduced Luke (Mike Colter) to his comic book partner Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones), as well as Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter). Now it’s time for Luke to head back to Harlem.
Season 2 will see Luke face off against Annabella Sciorra as Rosalie Carbone, the head of the Carbone crime family. Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) and Shades (Theo Rossi) are also set to return to cause some chaos of their own. Luckily Luke will be getting a little help from Danny, who will appear in the series, as well as Harlem’s toughest cop Misty Knight (Simone Missick ) and nurse-to-all-Defenders Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). New faces joining the cast include Mustafa Shakir as John McIver, a charismatic leader with a focus on Harlem and Gabrielle Dennis as Tilda Johnson, a holistic doctor who trouble always seems to find.
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Besides the new cast members, there are some changes happening behind the scenes on Luke Cage as well. According to Blackfilm, half of the directors for season 2 are women. Previously it was announced Lucy Liu would be directing the second season premiere episode. Now she is being joined by Neema Barnette (Queen Sugar, Being Mary Jane), Millicent Shelton (Jessica Jones, Runaways), Kasi Lemmons (Shots Fired), Steph Green (The Man in the High Castle), and Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
Luke Cage season 1 had no female directors. The most recent Marvel Netflix show, Jessica Jones season 2, had female directors for all 13 of their episodes. Ava Duvernay was the first to hire all female directors for her show Queen Sugar and slowly the practice has been adopted by others. Series like Jane the Virgin, The Handmaid’s Tale, and One Day At A Time season 2 have also had at least half of their episodes directed by women.
Recent films such as Black Panther and A Wrinkle In Time have proven the need for more diversity in storytelling in front of and behind the camera. And while television is usually slightly ahead of film in terms of hiring women, there is always room for improvement. It is important that women, especially women of color, are included in the narrative. Maybe Luke Cage season 3 can be directed entirely by women color. Now that would be something.
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Luke Cage season 2 premieres on Netflix, Friday, June 22.