Review Jupiter’s Legacy up to its Ambitions
With the creator of Daredevil at the helm, this adaptation of Mark Millar’s comics had everything to seduce us. Will the series succeed in convincing us?
Superheroes have widely invested the audiovisual landscape in recent years. So much so that it is very difficult to name a single platform that has not succumbed to the sirens of comics. Whether on the small or the big screen, heroes in capes and tights are everywhere. Netflix is not at its first attempt. We remember his excellent Marvel-stamped series, which had convinced us all, with a few exceptions.
However, the platform can no longer count on the heroes of the House of Ideas, who all joined the opposing camp at the time of the launch of Disney +. Regardless, Reed Hastings’s firm has more than one trick up its sleeve and is recruiting the creator of Daredevil for its new production. Called Jupiter’s Legacy, the series adapted from the comics by Mark Millar intends to take a new look at heroic figures, by deconstructing myths and breaking free from founding writings. She follows the adventures of the Sampson family, made up of beings with great powers and therefore with great responsibilities. As the father leads his troops with an iron fist, his children try to extricate themselves from this decades-old model. The two generations clash as a new threat emerges.
Like the comics, Jupiter’s Legacy will be less interested in high-profile fights, than in the almost tragic dramas that play out between the different characters. The goal of the plot is assumed, to be interested in the intimacy of superheroes and the bonds that unite each member of this extraordinary family to say the least. Built on a double narrative, which constantly oscillates between the past and the present, Jupiter’s Legacy places the question of filiation at the heart of its plot. If the mayonnaise takes when one looks at the origins of the powers of the Utopian, it is more complicated for the contemporary narrative. Multiplying the clichés of the genre, on the endless questions of heritage, Jupiter’s Legacy struggles to find its rhythm in the first episodes. Too talkative, she prefers to hammer home her message to viewers, rather than leaving it to them to draw certain conclusions for themselves. But as the noose tightens around our heroes, we end up getting caught up in the game and forgive the blunders at the start (at least a little).
The series that appears to have been built in response to Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys does not bear comparison with that of Eric Kripke. The writer’s black humor and his taste for the wacky and the trashy would have put Jupiter’s Legacy on an even level. Unfortunately, the creator of Daredevil takes himself too seriously.