The comic book world has a long tradition of passing the mantle from veteran superheroes to their fledgling protegees. We can see this onscreen now in Marvel’s ongoing The Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV series. Naturally, the whole ordeal usually entails a lot of pressure. But I’d bet the pressure doubles when the heroes in question are parent and child. (Dealing with family gets stressful enough even before you involve the fate of the world.) This is the backbone of Mark Millar’s 2013 comic Jupiter’s Legacy, which itself is heading to the small screen. The first trailer for Netflix’s new Jupiter’s Legacy program has just dropped. And as we expected, it puts the pressure right at the forefront.
From the press release:
After nearly a century of keeping mankind safe, the world’s first generation of superheroes must look to their children to continue the legacy. But tensions rise as the young superheroes, hungry to prove their worth, struggle to live up to their parents’ legendary public reputations — and exacting personal standards.
The trailer focuses on the relationship between storied hero Sheldon Sampson (Josh Duhamel) and his adult children Chloe (Elena Kampouris) and Brandon (Andrew Horton). After nearly a century of keeping the people of Earth from harm, Sheldon now expects his kids to operate similarly. Granted, Chloe seems assured that not even Sheldon could live (or has lived) up to his own standards.
We also get brief snippets about the origin of Sheldon (a.k.a. The Utopian) and his cohort’s powers; the trailer ominously teases the long-ago events “on the island” that turned a group of mere mortals into superhuman beings. (This group would then bear the name The Union). More will reveal as the series approaches, and we’re looking forward to unwrapping some of these mysteries once it hits Netflix on May 7.
Jupiter’s Legacy also stars Leslie Bibb as Grace Sampson, a.k.a. Lady Liberty; Ben Daniels as Walter Sampson, a.k.a. Brainwave; Mike Wade as Fitz Small, a.k.a. The Flare; and Matt Lanter as George Hutchene, a.k.a. Skyfox.
Featured Image: Netflix