“They’re the first generation of superheroes. But as they pass the torch to their children, tensions are rising — and the old rules no longer apply.” This is how Netflix described Jupiter’s Legacy, a dark, gritty superhero show based on the comic book of the same name, written by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. Jupiter’s Legacy starred Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, and Leslie Bibb, and was actually Netflix’s response to a line of similar shows, mostly owned by Amazon, like The Boys and Invincible. The show’s first season, consisting of eight episodes, premiered on May 7, 2021, on Netflix and received mixed responses from critics and fans but was still, more or less, popular enough to merit a renewal. So it seemed at the time.
Yet, on June 2, 2021, not even a month after the series’ debut on Netflix, the streaming service abruptly canceled the show, while, at the same time, ordering a spin-off titled Supercrooks, set within the same fictional universe. Mark Millar, the creator of the original comic book, had this to say about the show’s cancellation:
“(…) we’ve made the tough call of letting our incredible cast out of their show commitment. (…) 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.”
Jupiter’s Legacy has come to an abrupt end, but Millar assured fans that he is “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 great.”
As Netflix doesn’t release its ratings publicly, we can only assume that the mixed reviews led to this decision. Still, the show is still available on Netflix and if you want to check it out, there’s nothing stopping you from doing it right now!