Less than a month after Jupiter’s Legacy became Netflix’s top show it has been canceled with only one season produced. Netflix has exclusive rights to the program through their MillarWorld purchase which they acquired in 2019 from Mark Millar, creator of the comic book series.
Millar commented on Twitter on Wednesday:
“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 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. 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 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.
Note: Supercrooks will appear first as an Anime series from Studio Bones later this year. @leinilyu & I have created a lot of new stuff for this show and it’s looking fantastic. It’ll be previewed at the Annecy animation festival in France later this month!”
The series was not without problems in filming. Stephen S. DeKnight, who is known for Spartacus, Marvel’s Daredevil, and more, was the first showrunner of the series but left halfway through filming, so the trouble in production behind-the-scenes may have led to Jupiter’s Legacy getting canceled as apparently the show did have a lot of views and wasn’t canceled because no one tuned in.
Sang Kyu Kim took over as showrunner, and his version of the show may not have matched the vision of how DeKnight wanted the series to go. This trouble may have led to the cancelation of the show.
Regarding Rotten Tomatoes, the critics slammed the series with a 38% Rotten rating, and fans gave it a 72%. I enjoyed the series but thought there were several changes from the comics that changed the flow of the story but I was anxious to see how they resolved this in the next series. There was a lot more emphasis on the origin of the characters and the story itself moved much more slowly than the comics.
Whether it deserved to be canceled or not there were a lot of mixed feelings with the actors and creators about being dumped by Netflix. Fans are wondering why a program that was well supported would be cut after such a short time and the streaming giant did not illuminate their reason for the dismissal.