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Netflix Cancels 'Jupiter's Legacy'; Reactions Pour In

Matt McGloin Posted: 06/04/2021 - 20:24 COMMENT
Netflix Cancels 'Jupiter's Legacy'; Reactions Pour In

Less than a month after its debut, it's learned that Netflix has canceled Jupiter's Legacy after only one season, with reactions from Mark Millar, Stephen S. DeKnight and the actors involved in the series pouring in on social media.

Mark Millar, creator of the comic book series who sold his MillarWorld to Netflix in 2019 - which means Jupiter's Legacy can't go elsewhere - confirmed the news on Twitter on Wednesday.

Millar did note in development is a villains anime and live-action series set in the same universe as Jupiter's Legacy with Supercrooks, so perhaps some of the actors may still appear:

"I'm really proud of what the team achieved with Jupiter's Legacy and the amazing work everyone did on that origin season. 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 soemthing exclusively focused on villains they fight just feels incredbily 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. Given where we're going next, we've made the tough call of letting our incredible cast out of their show commiutment as we continue to thoughfully 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.

Note: Supercrooks will appear first as an Anime series from Studio Bones later this year. @leinilyu & I have created a lot of new stuff for this show and it's looking fantastic. It'll be previewed at the Annecy animation festival in France later this month!"

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Stephen S. DeKnight reacts

Stephen S. DeKnight, who is known for Spartacus, Marvel's Daredevil, and more, was the first showrunner of the series but left half way through filming, so it's guessed the behind-the-scenes problems may have led to Jupiter's Legacy getting canceled as apparently the show did have a lot of views and wasn't canceled because no one tuned in.

Sang Kyu Kim ended up taking over as showrunner, where we see DeKnight mentions the version of the show didn't match DeKnight's vision of how DeKnight wanted the series to go.

Regarding Rotten Tomatoes, the critics slammed the series with a 38% Rotten rating, and fans gave it a 72%. I thought it was okay myself, but thought The Boys and Invincible did DC's Justice League better; Jupiter's Legacy also had some questionable special effects, which unfortunately seemed on par with The CW DC shows (in other words, pretty bad).

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Jupiter's Legacy's actors react to cancellation

"When you get dumped by @netflix and have to put yourself back out there...." posted Josh Duhamel who played the Superman-like character Sheldon Sampson aka The Utopian. "What’s up, @hulu?"

Leslie Bibb, who played Grace Kennedy-Sampson aka Lady Liberty, also responded on Instagram, "MY BAES...i stand with my brothers in arms @joshduhamel @bendanielsss @mattlanter @mikewadeactor...this union is something i believed in and i will miss wholeheartedly...love you friends... xolb #jupiterslegacy."

Matt Lander, George Hutchence / Skyfox, posted, "This 1st photo seems fitting. A gang of friends who once was. Thank you to my incredible cast, crew and creatives behind #JupitersLegacy. What an experience you all made this.... It’s not every day that a kid like me gets to be a superhero."

Mike Wade, Fitz Small aka The Flare, posted, "Worked with a Brilliant Team on #JupitersLegacy @netflix I appreciate the work that everyone put into this and am beyond grateful for the experience. Be on the lookout for everyone involved, they’re sure to have something amazing coming your way soon."

Andrew Horton, Brandon Sampson aka The Paragon, posted, "I'm gutted. Jupiter's Legacy was a once in a lifetime experience and one I will never forget. I'm sad and sorry that we don't get to continue this journey. I feel as though we had barely scratched the surface with this one, but as the inimitable Jim Carey once said 'that's the way the cookie crumbles.' A huge thank you to every single person involved in this titan of a project; we should be incredibly proud of what we created, regardless of the outcome. Thank you to @netflix for the opportunity. Thank you to @mrmarkmillar for creating Jupiter's Legacy. Thank you to Steven DeKnight for taking a chance on a nobody. Thank you to everyone who has watched the show.On to the next one."

Jupiter's Legacy canceled

Jupiter's Legacy canceled

Jupiter's Legacy canceled

Jupiter's Legacy canceled

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