That’s right friends, doesn’t look like we’ll be getting any more JUPITER’S LEGACY. It’s weird, articles have been framing this as the show not being cancelled, but more Netflix releasing the cast from their contracts. But it’s easy to see the writing on the wall.
JUPITER’S LEGACY is done.
Honestly, I’m not surprised by this news. As a big a fan I am of Mark Millar’s creator owned comics, as well as stoked about the news back in 2017 when Netflix acquired his company, Millarworld, yea, not surprised by this.
To continue that enthusiasm going, I was stoked for JUPITER’S LEGACY to happen, the first adaptation from Millarworld since the acquisition. Sadly, the show was a hot mess.
The show was all over the place, and just didn’t know what story it wanted to tell. Initially marketed as the pressures of carrying on the legacy of a superheroes from one generation to the next, there were so many other competing storylines with that main through line. From the origins to the powers, internal struggles, side plots that went nowhere, to establishing the threat of the antagonist, let alone to effectively foreshadowing who that may be.
You take all of that, through it into a blender, and it being presented as non-linear storytelling. Which is by no means a bad thing. Tons of movies and shows opted for non-linear storytelling format, but JUPITER’S LEGACY failed by a huge margin when compared to those that came before it.
So as disappointing as it is, this being the first adaptation from Millarworld, definitely not surprising.
But those of you who were a fan of the world JUPITER’S LEGACY presented, don’t fret, there is some good news to go with all of this.
Netflix has ordered SUPERCROOKS to series. The show itself will be set in the same universe as JUPITER’S LEGACY. So, we might see those characters return in some capacity.
As for SUPERCROOKS itself? Well, sounds like it’ll be like JUPITER’S LEGACY, just with villains. Here’s what Mark Millar had to say about all of this:
I’m really proud of what the team achieved with ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ and the amazing work everyone did on that origin season,” Millar said. “I’ve been asked a lot about what we’re planning next with this world and the answer is to see what the super-villains are getting up to. I’ve always loved crime stories from Scorcese to Tarantino and super-villains are always the most fun part of any superhero story. To do something exclusively focused on the villains they fight just feels incredibly fresh as we explore what it’s like to be a bad guy in a world crawling with good guys who want to put you in jail. ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ is a vast and rich space with lots of characters to mine and so I’m happy to share that our next step here is a live-action version of the ‘Supercrooks’ comic I created with Leinil Francis Yu a few years back. Given where we’re going next, we’ve made the tough call of letting our incredible cast out of their show commitment as we continue to thoughtfully develop all realms of the ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ saga. We’re confident we’ll return to it later and just want to say thanks to you guys for your continued support and to the cast and crew who made this look so great.
In addition to all of this, sounds like Netflix is planning to position SUPERCROOKS as it’s next “anthology” show, citing that in addition to the live-action series, is planning an anime series set to launch later this year. Not unlike what they did with ALTERED CARBON, which, Netflix, if you’re listening, would love it to come back for a 3rd season.
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