Mark Millar’s Jupiter’s Legacy is about the first superheroes ever in the world. They received their powers in the 1930s. Today they have become the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the reputation of their parents.
In the Stock Market Crash of 1929, patriotic American Sheldon Sampson has lost everything and his belief in the United States is shaken. Sampson charters a boat to a mysterious island 600 miles west of Cape Verde after the island appears to him in a dream. Here a chain of events results in them receiving powers.
They return to the US and form The Union, led by Samson as The Utopian, a Superman-esque hero.
Netflix’s new adaption of Jupiter’s Legacy has been described as:
“Part-2001, part Avengers and part Godfather 2.”
The story covers decades and spans the adventures of the Union, their children, and their grandchildren. Millar has promised fans that Netflix’s version will not shy away from the scale of the story:
“It’s a 50-year story self-contained inside one franchise. It’s got a cast of 50 or 60 super-characters. The story starts in 1929 and runs until the end of time. It runs through all time and space and explains the mystery of human existence, all tied into a superhero story.”
Jupiter’s Legacy has been created for Netflix by DeKnight, who was the showrunner behind the streamer’s critically-acclaimed Daredevil season 1. Alongside Duhamel, Horton, and Kampouris, the series will star the likes of Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, and Matt Lanter.