Streaming giant Netflix has been creating more original shows than ever this year, and the latest is superhero-themed comic adaptation Jupiter's Legacy. However, due to the somewhat misleading title of the show, people have started to wonder if Jupiter's Legacy is related to the 2015 space opera film Jupiter Ascending.
The film Jupiter Ascending was panned by most audiences and famous for being turned into Internet memes (the line, "I love dogs. I've always loved dogs," lives in film infamy), but the similarity between the two titles has created a stir.
So, is 'Jupiter's Legacy' related to 'Jupiter Ascending'?
Netflix's Jupiter's Legacy is based on a comic book series written by Mark Millar and published by Image Comics. Image Comics is responsible for other superhero-related content such as Kick-Ass, fantasy series Saga, and prep school thriller Morning Glories. The show focuses on the world's superheroes from the 1930s and their children in the present.
On the other hand, 2015's Jupiter's Ascending was a sci-fi epic meant to be the next original space franchise. The film starred Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a seemingly ordinary girl who has no idea she is secretly intergalactic royalty. Channing Tatum stars as protective human-dog hybrid Caine Wise, and Sean Bean as bee-human hybrid Stinger Apini.
While both projects have "Jupiter" in the title, they're vastly different projects and not connected at all. Jupiter Ascending was intended to be the kickstart for a new space opera, but due to its exaggerated dialogue and Eddie Redmayne's over-the-top performance, the film did not succeed. Jupiter's Legacy is an adaptation of a comic book and focused on a teen audience.
When will 'Jupiter's Legacy' be on Netflix, and who is in the show?
Jupiter's Legacy stars Josh Duhamel as Sheldon Sampson/The Utopian, who leads superhero team The Union. Leslie Bibb plays his wife, Grace Sampson/Lady Liberty, one of the most powerful heroes on the planet.
Ben Daniels is Walter Sampson/Brainwave, Sheldon's brother, and Elena Kampouris plays Chloe Sampson, the Sampsons' rebellious child. Her brother Brandon/The Paragon is played by newcomer Andrew Horton.
Mike Wade plays Fitz Small/The Flare, another member of The Union, and Tenika Davis plays Petra Small/The Flare II, Fitz's daughter. Matt Lanter plays George Hutchence/Skyfox, Sheldon's best friend. David Julian Hirsh is Richard Conrad/Blue-Bolt, one of the founding members of Jupiter's Legacy. Actress and Youtube sensation Anna Akana plays Raikou, a hero for hire who wields two swords.
The show will be released on Netflix on May 7, 2021. All eight episodes of the first season will drop on the same day. There is no news yet if a Season 2 will be ordered for the show, but due to the popularity of superhero franchise content, we wouldn't be surprised if the show was renewed!
You can watch Jupiter's Legacy starting May 7, 2021, and you can watch Jupiter Ascending on Netflix as well!