The first season of Netflix’s newest live-action comic book adaptation, a series titled Jupiter’s Legacy, was recently canceled after only eight episodes. The decision to cancel Jupiter’s Legacy is certainly unexpected, especially for those who were happy with the adaptation based on Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s graphic novels. Interestingly, however, it appears that Netflix isn’t walking away from the property. In fact, it appears they already have a spin-off for Jupiter’s Legacy in the works.
As revealed via Deadline, the new spin-off series is titled Supercrooks and will take place in the same continuity as Jupiter’s Legacy. This will make up for the absence of Jupiter’s Legacy, which they decided to cancel to allow the high-profile cast to pursue other projects. With this in mind, Mark Millar did indicate that the series could also come back in another iteration as well – so don’t expect Supercrooks to be the end of the franchise.
In the new series Supercrooks…
“Supercrooks is described as a return to the world of Jupiter’s Legacy with a ragtag gang of supervillains, con artists, petty thieves and leg-breakers who 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.”
Mark Miller gave this statement on Twitter regarding the ordeal:
“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 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.”
With Supercrooks on the way, and presumably many other adaptations based on Millar’s works as well arriving to Netflix, stay tuned to ScreenGeek for updates as we have them.