Some bad news if you were loving Jupiter’s Legacy.
Just around one month after the arrival of the first season, Netflix has decided that Jupiter’s Legacy will be no more – well, at least for now, it seems. “We’re confident we’ll return to it later,” Jupiter’s Legacy comic creator Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service) said in a statement posted to Twitter.
“I’m really proud of what the team achieved with Jupiter’s Legacy and the amazing work everyone did on that origin season,” reads Millar’s statement. Lead cast members Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb and Ben Daniels, among others, have officially been released from their commitments, with talent options allowed to lapse.
While Jupiter’s Legacy seems to be done for now, Netflix is still keen to explore more of the Millarworld – the name given to the creations in Millar’s universe now set for screen adaptations, including The Magic Order, American Jesus, Empress and Huck. Up next: Supercrooks, another series set in the same world as Jupiter’s Legacy. This time, the focus will be on the villains.
“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,” Millar posted. “I’ve always loved crime stories, from Scorsese to Tarantino, and supervillains 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.”
Fans of Jupiter’s Legacy will no doubt be peeved – particularly since the first season ended on a cliffhanger that left a lot to explore. Netflix has kept viewer numbers under wraps, although it was clear that the overall critical reception for the show was quite poor. The first season was met with an overall 38% score on Rotten Tomatoes, while the audience score was a warmer 72%. On IMDb the show earned a 6.8 average from over 25,000 votes.