With its perpetually scowling, bourbon-drinking, psychologically damaged lead, the thoroughly modern tale Jessica Jones is pulling in audiences as part of a new movement highlighting more diverse heroes and winning kudos as a female-led production.

Starring Krysten Ritter, the Netflix series is based on a Marvel comic character: a superpowered woman who tries to build a new life as an investigator after undergoing major trauma.

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Jessica Jones has earned praise for the complex, flawed heroine, portrayed by Krysten Ritter. (Netflix)

Debuting in a 13-episode first season in late November and renewed for a second season earlier this week, the show has drawn accolades on many fronts, including for its complex, far-from-perfect protagonist and cast of characters to its groundbreaking depiction of abuse and trauma survivors.

Created by writer and executive producer Melissa Rosenberg, starring a talented cast of actresses (including Ritter, Rachael Taylor and Canadian Carrie-Anne Moss) and initially helmed by noted director S.J. Clarkson, Jessica Jones has also earned praise as a female-led production acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. 

"We, as a community, have a long way to go with our portrayals of women on-camera and our inclusiveness behind the camera. That said, the response to Jessica Jones has been extraordinary," Rosenberg told CBC News recently in Pasedena, Calif.

"It's been welcomed with open arms by [comic] fans and new fans. We're thrilled with that."

Members of the Jessica Jones cast and series creator Rosenberg discuss making the series in the video above.

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Krysten Ritter, right, and Carrie-Anne Moss appear in a scene in Jessica Jones. (Netflix)

With files from Zulekha Nathoo