Appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Jessica Jones” star Krysten Ritter addressed the recent controversy that arose when director Shane Black revealed that he was told not to make the “Iron Man 3” villain a female because a toy company said it wouldn’t sell merchandise.
“Girls can sell toys,” Ritter told Colbert. “I don’t know if there is [a Jessica Jones toy] yet, but there should be and I bet it would sell huge, and I’m gonna make some phone calls after this.”
Watch Ritter’s discussion with Colbert below:
Black’s original comment on the issue is the following (via Uproxx): “There was an early draft of Iron Man 3 where we had an inkling of a problem, which is that we had a female character who was the villain in the draft. We had finished the script and we were given a no-holds-barred memo saying, ‘That cannot stand. We’ve changed our minds because, after consulting, we’ve decided that toy won’t sell as well if it’s a female.’ So we had to change the entire script because of toy making.”
“Jessica Jones” Season 2 is expected to drop this fall on Netflix instant streaming.
(via Entertainment Weekly)
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