Netflix’s new adaption of Mark Millar’s sprawling superhero comic Jupiter’s Legacy is now nearly here. It has been described as:
“Part-2001, part Avengers and part Godfather 2.”
Wow, that’s a bold claim! It was made by Millar himself so he may be biased. Soon we will see. However, one of the first images released of the adaption did not fill us with hope.
So what is the story, and can it possibly deliver on that level of promise?
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. Here is a teaser for the show:
From there Jupiter’s Legacy is huge. The story covers decades and covers 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.”
Wow. Sounds huge! So, of course, somewhere along the way a nervous suit will get involved, right? There will be all sorts of conversations. An accountant will chip in? There will be meetings. More meetings and eventually what will come out will be nothing of that scope and scale? Well, no. Netflix is all in! Millar says they have never once spoken about scale, or tried to pull anything back. Millar goes on to say:
“There hasn’t been one conversation where someone said, ‘Can we make that explosion slightly smaller?’ Ambitious ideas are being rewarded.”
Doubling down on the scale angle, Millar is not letting up. He’s gone for the big one in his next comparison:
“I wanted to do one story that would become the biggest superhero epic of all time,” he said. “I wanted to do the superhero Lord of the Rings that would be timeless and just a bumper collection of books people would be reading in 50 or 100 years time… [Jupiter’s Legacy is like The Godfather] in the sense that it’s about an unusual family at the heart of the most outrageous situation. But it feels incredibly human and very layered because you can relate to everybody within the story and it gives it that humanity.”
Now Empire has released a new image showing aging hero The Utopian giving it a classic superhero move:
That’s a bit more like it! Netflix have also released a first look video showing some more of the characters:
Jupiter’s Legacy will premiere on Netflix on May 7, 2021. Looks as if it is worth checking out.