“Jupiter’s Legacy” will not return for a second season on Netflix but the streaming service has ordered a spinoff series set in the same universe…
“Jupiter’s Legacy” — the superhero series based on comic books by Mark Millar — will not return for a second season.
The series was cancelled this week by Netflix with the entire cast released from their contracts, which means any return would require all new negotiations to bring back any of the same actors. The project was reportedly a rather pricey investment by Netflix with the first season — eight total episodes — reportedly costing around $200 million to produce.
The first season did not receive high marks from critics and obviously the audience numbers weren’t enough to save the show, which was just released four weeks ago.
The series centered around a group of aging superheroes, who are now counting on their children to step up to serve that same legacy in the present day. “Jupiter’s Legacy” starred Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb and Ben Daniels with Steven S. DeKnight, previously from the Netflix series “Daredevil,” as the showrunner.
While “Jupiter’s Legacy” appears all but dead in the water, Netflix isn’t giving up on that corner of the universe just yet after ordering a spinoff series centered around a group of villains instead.
“Supercrooks,” also created by Millar, will focuses on a “ragtag gang of super-villains, con-artists, petty thieves and leg-breakers who all band together for the heist of the century and the most outrageous crime story you’ve ever seen in your life. Crime pays and they’re going to prove it. Some people just want to have the time of their lives and make a little dirty money while they’re doing it. If the superheroes get in the way they’re going to be spitting teeth.”
Millar also issued a statement on “Jupiter’s Legacy” coming to an abrupt end while moving forward with “Supercrooks.”
“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 on Twitter. “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 Scorsese 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,” he continued. “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.”
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— Millarworld (@mrmarkmillar) June 2, 2021
“Supercrooks” is still in early development so there’s no word yet on when that series might go into production but an anime series will debut first with plans for that to launch later this year.