Netflix’s “Jupiter’s Legacy” is a superhero series like no other allowing viewers to get a first-hand look at not only how the first generation of superheroes came to be, but also the legacy they will leave behind.
The series created by Steven S. Knight based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely stars Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, and Matt Lanter with recurring actors, Tenika Davis and Ian Quinlan. The series focuses on the characters even outside of being powerful super-beings, giving us a fly-on-the-wall glimpse into the familial ties that often play a huge role in the tasks at hand.
When it comes to superhero flicks, the options are seemingly endless currently, but Jupiter’s Legacy takes a different approach to the superhero narrative. “Superhero stuff aside, which is awesome, and I get to play that, but it was really the story and it was really the family saga and makings of a modern tragedy that I loved about it,” Duhamel stated. The series focuses on the Sampson family comprised of Sheldon Sampson [Josh Duhamel] and Grace Sampson [Leslie Bibb] who are the parents of Chloe Sampson [Elena Kampouris] and Brandon Sampson [Andrew Horton]. While Sheldon and Grace had to earn their powers on a challenging journey, the Sampson children have been born with their gifts which for Chloe is a complete burden. Unlike the rest of her supernatural family, Chloe wants nothing to do with her given talents but the same cannot be said for Kampouris. “I would probably abuse the powers, I’d be flying everywhere,” Kampouris states which is not too far off from her character Chloe who lets her emotions get the best of her which leads to chaos.
Typically, when you think of your favorite superhero, you think of a young man or woman in their prime, but the creators of Jupiter’s Legacy were not afraid to make the hero older, with greying hair, wrinkles, and visible signs of aging. “I also love the aspect that you don’t really see aging superheroes, so to see aging superheroes and to also see them when they got their powers and the journey to where they are now and that sort of collision course that’s gonna happen, that was really interesting. I had never seen that before,” Bibb stated. Although the events in the series are completely fictional, the show offers characters with depth, relatable issues, and a fresh take on good vs evil. The series will debut on Netflix on May 7.