So what went wrong? Honestly, this week's announcement is super confusing. In particular, Deadline 's exclusive story about Jupiter ' s The Disappearance of Legacy never uses the word "undo " or "canceled " - but freeing the actors from their contracts and not doing a second season is essentially the definitionition of a canceled TV show.
We're not against the idea of having another show set in the same universe, and turning Jupiter 's Legacy into an anthology. B but it's hard not to wonder - if this series were really successful, wouldn't Netflix just do more?
Creator Mark Millar has expressed confidence that they will return to Jupiter's legacy in the future, with Deadline citing sources that 'he might come back in a different form. Again, though: Netflix had the option to do more of that same show and chose not to.
Too much superhero content?
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It is difficult tonot to wonder if Jupiter 's Legacy was a year too late for the market. In a world where we now have two canonical and expensive Marvel TV shows on Disney Plus - a voucher and one with more mixed results - The Netflix show faced tough comparisons with more iconic superheroes.
Small-screen comic book adaptations have come a long way since 2012, when Arrow was pretty much the only game in town, and Netflix was competing with a streamer who has incredibly deep pockets and characters that viewers are already invested in.
Superhero TV shows quickly became an arms race between streamers, awith HBO Max giving the green light to the shows of The Green Lantern , Batman and Suicide Squad universes. Marvel, meanwhile, seems just as invested in making its TV shows work as it does its movies. In total, we expect six MCU shows to roll out this year, with Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel are tentatively set for late 2021. It's a busy crowd - and that doesn't even count all the Arrowverse shows out there. , like The Flash and Superman and Lois.
Jupiter 's Legacy, then, couldn't quite hold up, with a 38% of avis positive from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Actually, we don't think superhero saturation is the issue, here - just look at how bad the data is at Invincible has become on Amazon Prime Video, gaining attention with its bloody twists and turns. anime-infused visual style. This one had the distinction of a massive name cast, however, and being based on a popular comic with 15 years of history.
The source material for Jupiter 's Legacy is a material strong enough for an adaptation, at a glance. Millar has enjoyed almost unprecedented success as a modern comic book creator and has worked with some of the world's greatest artists. Jupiter 's Legacy was a collaboration with Frank Quitely, arguably the best superhero artist in sa generation. The concept - of generational superheroes and the challenges of passing the torch - is pretty fresh, and not something we've seen adapted to screen before. On paper, it should have worked.
Ultimately, only Netflix knows why Jupiter 's Legacy wasn't worth postponing - and the streamer is only known for the numbers. 'hearing when he talks about his very big hi. According to Nielsen (via THR ), which measures ratings in the United States based on a sample audience, Jupiter 's Legacy was the Most broadcast in its first week. 696 million minutes were viewed on May 9 (show started May 4).
This number doesn't sound that bad - but it doesn't tell us how many people have finished watching the whole issueon, or dropped out after one or two episodes, so it's limited to use.
It's hard to say what audiences did with Jupiter 's Legacy as a whole, and how far the show took in a broader cultural sense. At a glance, the show had a relatively low user score of 6.8 on IMDb of around 25,000 users, compared to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's 7.2 of 106,000. users. On Rotten Tomatoes, however, they each have an identical User Score o f 7.2. There's not much to learn from this, and we'd expect a Marvel show to attract more user votes than a new Netflix offering.
For the record, it doesn't seem like the series has achieved the same cultural cachet as another Netflix hit like Bridgerton or Cobra Kai , or the recent Mare of Easttownfrom HBO - we're not basing it on any data, to be clear. But there is no feeling that the show broke culturally the way The Boys made for Amazon Prime Video in 2019, another show based on a non superhero property Marvel and DC.
Sometimes these things take on a life of their own, like gifs of Helmut Zemo dancing in a nightclub. We don't have the impression that this show has reached this level.
What does this say about Netflix?
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Every time Netflix cancels a show, the responses on social media are the same - why invest in a new Netflix series, if I'm only going to cancel it?
In the case of Jupiter 's Legacy, some viewers expressed frustration that Netflix let the series end on a cliffhanger without committing to ending the story. fair review. Why not do the closed series if you're not sure you have the money to finish the story?
Since Netflix has boxed two dramas large-scale straight The Irregulars and the Inheritance of Jupiter , its approach to cancellations is more in the spotlight than ever. From a subscriber's perspective, there is a definite disappointment in investing in a show and then seeing it take the ax.
We meet wonders how much Netflix sets the bar for success - and if it makes a difference if a show slowly finds an audience over time, especially since The Irregulars and Jupiter 's Legacy had the ax a few just weeks after their debut.
An interesting test will be Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaiman 's Sandman comics , a series that has a much larger cultural imprint than the Jupiter comics ' s Legacy. We know this is going to be an expensive show, just depending on the cast.the double benefit of being based on an acclaimed decades-old comic book and the work of a popular writer from Gaiman. On a purely recognizable brand level, it gives Netflix something comic book that could really stand out, especially when the next few years are inundated with Marvel and DC TV shows.
It's not really a superhero show either - and between that latest cancellation and dropping its Marvel shows a few years ago, it feels like Netflix hasn't. hasn't really made a splash in this genre yet.
Hey, maybe the world of Jupiter 's Legacy is really going to hook up with a second series from a villain perspective. . For us, we would have liked that Netflix had gone for a second season of this sho with so much investment, just to see if it could really find its footing in a creative way - but it is clear that it was not.it 's not meant to be.