Netflix and Marvel have been pretty fearless with their commitment to diversity for the most part in their new comics-based shows, including Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and hopefully in the upcoming Defenders as well. They've included stories with a mix of genders, sexualities, races, and backgrounds. And now, we can see that commitment goes beyond the stories to the people behind the camera as well.
Lucy Liu, who is currently starring as Dr. Joan Watson on CBS's Elemental, is going to direct the first episode of Luke Cage, Season Two. She's also directed four episodes of Elemental since the show premiered in 2014.
“When you’re dealing with a bulletproof man, it helps if you have a bulletproof director,” says executive producer Jeph Loeb. “Lucy brings a keen eye, a superb sense of story, and an obvious love of actors. She is rocking Luke Cage 2.”
And what does Lucy herself think?
“What a thrill to collaborate with Marvel and Netflix, two industry titans, who paint our world with inspiring stories and beguiling characters. It is such an honor to work with such a passionate and fearless team.”
Luke Cage 2 is expected to premiere in 2018 on Netflix.
Melanie R. Meadors is an author of fantasy where heroes don't always carry swords and knights in shining armor often lose to nerds who study their weaknesses. She has edited two upcoming genre anthologies, MECH: Age of Steel and HATH NO FURY, and is the science and pop culture blogger at The Once and Future Podcast. You can find her at her website, melaniermeadors.com, on Facebook, and Twitter, @melaniermeadors.