Back in 2017, Netflix purchased Mark Millar’s creator owned line of comics, Millarworld. Under the agreement, the writer and his wife would still run and publish new comics in the line under the Netflix label while the streamer would adapt them for television and film. The first series to come out of the partnership is the adaptation of Jupiter’s Legacy.
At this year’s WonderCon@Home, Millar moderated a panel where he spoke with the cast. Present were Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Matt Lanter, Make Wade, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, and Ian Quinlan. Those unfamiliar with the source material, the story follows the worlds first superheroes that gained powers in the 1930s. In the present time, they are respected OGs while their children wrestle with living up to the lofty expectations.
The panel was divided into two groups: the cast that played the first-generation heroes and the cast that played the children. The first group described Jupiter’s Legacy as a family drama about this dysfunctional group of superheroes at the ages of 30 and 120. It explores generational differences and provides a humanizing look at these empowered individuals since they experience relatable problems raising their kids to adulthood.
Many of the “Parent” cast were attracted to their roles since they would be playing both the young and old versions of the character. It was interesting for them to portray both the beginning and the end of their lives and to see the evolution from idealistic heroes to people more jaded and world weary. Although it was difficult as the elders since the make-up and costumes made it unbearably hot.
Duhamel, who plays Sheldon Sampson/The Utopian, said the series brings up a conflict between whose views are correct between the old and new guard. It forced Sampson to sit in somebody’s shoes for the first time and see the world in a different way. His powers grant him the ability to do practically anything he wants except overcome the disconnect between Sampson and his daughter.
Afterwards, the second group came in with Kampouris explaining her character, Chloe. She is an unpredictable wild card who can’t quite control her powers. You don’t know what she’s going to say or do but she does have layers and complexity. On Jupiter’s Legacy, she looks at different methods to manage pain. Millar drew upon Carrie Fisher for the inspiration of Chloe. The late actress had spoken in interviews about her struggles with living up to expectations in Hollywood considering her famous parents and how she turned to destructive ways to cope.
Horton plays Brandon, Chloe’s sibling and son of The Utopian. He is the polar opposite and antithesis of Chloe. He’s just trying to impress his parents but can never reach their level. He’s earnest and seeks to please but keeps falling short, which creates a level of sadness and disappointment. As a result, Brandon grows distant from his sister as well.
Quinlan’s character is named Hutch and is a Han Solo type cool guy. He is constantly questioning his origins and searching for a “home.” Hutch has been living on the streets his entire life, which is in stark contrast to Chloe and Brandon.
The panel ended with a trivia competition testing the cast’s comic knowledge (roughly the 37:30 mark). Bibb, no stranger to comic adaptation since she played Christine Everhart in the MCU, cleans house in a remarkable geek flex that needs to be seen.
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