There may be a ton of superhero movies these days, but when it comes to female superheroes, few have made the kind of impact that we’d like to see. Luckily, Jessica Jones is turning the tables and has just been voted as Hollywood’s favorite crimefighting woman.
In a poll of Hollywood insiders, voters were asked to cast their support for their favorite fictional female characters. More than 1,800 people participated, with about double the amount of women voting. However, both men and women’s votes tended to line up fairly well to each other, with certain characters being obvious favorites across the board (we’re looking at you, Hermione Granger).
Other characters included in the top 50 were sitcom favorites like Elaine Benes from Seinfeld, classic beauties like Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and no-nonsense action stars like Imperator Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road.
However, only one female superhero made the cut. Jessica Jones from Marvel’s Netflix series by the same name came in at number 28. No Black Widow, no Wonder Woman, no Mystique made it onto the list–just Jessica Jones. Though some people are using this as an opportunity to call out Hollywood for their lack of well-developed female superheroes amidst the overwhelming influx of superhero movies, others are pretty darn happy Jessica Jones is the one being praised.
Jessica Jones’ backstory is one of the more tragic ones. She receives superpowers due to radiation exposure (which unfortunately killed her parents) and uses those powers for good, up until a horrific encounter with the villain Killgrave breaks her mind. She gives up on being a hero, opting to act as a private detective instead.
Played by Krysten Ritter in the Netflix series, Jessica Jones has been praised for showing some very real struggles that women face from everything ranging to domestic relationships to political strife and media portrayal.
All in all, this is a turn in the right direction for women in action movies, and Hollywood insiders are reacting positively to the differences between Jessica Jones and other female superheroes. Take note, studios!