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What Went Wrong With Jupiter’s Legacy?

June 5, 2021 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Jupiter's Legacy

When Netflix announced that they had made a deal with Mark Millar to bring his comic book properties to life, many celebrated the move as it would be fresh characters outside Marvel and DC getting screen time to expose audiences to something new. 

Things looked promising with casting but what was missing was any sort of buzz before it was released. In fact, there seemed to be none as marketing for the new show was lacking. 

It came and now it’s going as Jupiter’s Legacy is ending at Netflix. But not all is lost as Netflix is continuing to push on with Millar’s comic universe. Millar took to Twitter to say that he’s starting work on a live-action adaptation of Supercrooks but that “we’ve made the tough call of letting our incredible cast out of their show commitment.”

“I’m really proud of what the team achieved with Jupiter’s Legacy and the amazing work everyone did on that origin season,” Millar wrote. “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.”

While the cast has been let go, Millar said in his statement that he’s “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 great.”
So what went wrong with Jupiter’s Legacy? Personally, I thought it was good but could have been great. It stumbled over the details and never lived up to its potential. I thought it was cast well and the writing was solid, if a bit jumbled at times. The editing never quite caught up to the story it was trying to tell. 

I say that as a comic book fan but I can only imagine that the general audience was lost and confused with the whole thing. It’s a lot to take in and when you’re used to Superman, Batman, Iron Man, and the like, a whole new cast can be a bit much to process. 

The first season ended on a cliffhanger and Millar is launching a new Jupiter’s Legacy comic June 16 to wrap up the story in the comics.  

Now Netflix will try again, having given a series order to Supercrooks, which follows a group of villains planning a massive heist. The live-action show, which is in its early stages, will roll out alongside an anime-style series based on the same material. 

What else does Millarworld offer? Besides Jupiter’s Legacy and Supercrooks we can look forward to American Jesus, and film adaptations of Empress and Huck. A series based on Millar’s comic The Magic Order is also back in development after undergoing some creative retooling last year.

What did you think of Jupiter’s Legacy? Were you a fan of the comic?