Jupiter’s Legacy was released on Netflix on May 7th, 2021. This show is a superhero series that examines a group of superheroes from their founding, and through the trial tribulations of the children as they attempt to continue the mandate. This series is another of the ascendancy of the Image Comics properties that have grown in influence over the years. This particular property is by Mark Millar the creator of Kingsman The Secret Service, Kick-Ass, and Wanted. Additionally, he was the writer of the Civil War and Wolverine: Old Man Logan comic books for Marvel. His work has lived very well in films and this work is his first on the small screen.
This series follows the exploits of Sheldon Sampson, a businessman who lost everything during Black Tuesday in 1929. In the fallout of this loss, he leads a team off to a mysterious island based on visions. Sampson, his brother, and 4 others gain superpowers and create a team of superheroes. This team is bound by a code envisioned by Sampson, they do not kill or interfere in political matters. In the present, these heroes are still alive and have children who struggle to live up to code and the expectations of the previous generation. Once Sampson’s son kills a foe, it sparks a debate and dissension of whether the code and its ideals still matter.
Without getting into spoilers I enjoyed this series overall. In a post The Boys and Invincible world this show is a bit quaint and slow. Its heroes are shown to be realistically portrayed. The obvious generation gap between the original heroes, who would have been born in the late 1800s, and their children is underdeveloped. Along with the political themes that will be further expanded in the later seasons. The cast of the show does a great job with the material.
My major issue with the show is makeup and wigs. The older cast is under quite a bit of makeup to look old. The effect is distracting, as Ben Daniels’ Brainwave looks like an animate raisin, but Leslie Bibb’s Lady Liberty is barely in aged makeup and looks still stunning. Josh Duhamel’s Utopian has a white beard that is fake and looks so horrible along with his terrible wig. My suggestion would have been to de-age the actors for their 1920’s scenes and leave the actors their normal age for the present scenes, as the latter is the majority of the screen time. The characters are 120-year-old superheroes, we are already suspending disbelief, no need to insult it with terrible geriatric makeup.
I finished the series in one sitting and outside of the makeup issue I enjoyed it. If you are looking for something to watch, this show is great to hold you over as you wait for season 3 of the Boys and season 2 of Invincible.