‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ review: Josh Duhamel stars in a superhero adaptation that doesn’t move faster than a speeding bullet

Well cast, the series starts with a core of original-gangster superheroes, consisting of the Superman-like The Utopian (Josh Duhamel), and their next-generation kids, who are adepts in the powers department. That consists of Utopian’s grown kids, among whom, Brandon (Andrew Horton), has actually used up the hero mantle, while his sis Chloe (Elena Kampouris) has actually rebelled versus it.

The Utopian follows a brave code — he even scolds his kids for nasty language — however things seem altering. Bad guys have actually ended up being more callous, and a violent act versus among them in fact yields a favorable reaction from the general public, requiring The Utopian to safeguard his boy-scout outlook.

Who may be modifying that vibrant, and pulling the hidden strings, controls the modern story. However “Jupiter’s Legacy” (adjusted from graphic books by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely) likewise jumps back to the Anxiety, discussing how the early heroes obtained their capabilities through a series of flashbacks teased — and teased and teased — throughout the season.

At times, the show pops dramatically, whether that’s a terrific (and terrifically violent) superhero fight in the early going, the tumult surrounding the then-mortal Utopian/Sheldon’s family business and the mysterious call that sets him on the path to his next chapter.

Still, even by the standards of serialized dramas the writing inches forward grudgingly, while taking tiresome detours into the personal lives of Brandon and Chloe, whose angst-ridden relationships feel a bit too much like the stuff of a CW drama, just with more conspicuously exposed flesh and blood.

Those subplots serve as a drag on the show, which makes the last half of the season feel like a letdown after its promising start. As a footnote, executive producer Steven S. DeKnight left midway through production, which might help explain some of the tonal inconsistencies.
The Netflix series likewise lands at a moment when the bar for such fare has been raised in the streaming space, even limiting the competition to revisionist, jaundiced views of superheroes, including Amazon’s “The Boys” — really the standard-setter in this subgenre — and “Invincible,” as well as Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy.” That doesn’t count Marvel’s stepped-up if more traditional efforts for Disney+.

On the plus side, “Jupiter’s Legacy” generally looks pretty dazzling and exhibits great visual flair in portraying its heroes, with Leslie Bibb and Ben Daniels as The Utopian’s wife and brother, Lady Liberty and Brainwave, who also obtained powers on that strange journey and, like him, remain remarkably vital decades later.

Based on where the season wraps up, the program is plainly playing the long video game, possibly appropriately preparing for the audience that does purchase into it to be happy to stay for the long haul.

Seeing “Jupiter’s Legacy” isn’t a heavy lift. Yet even permitting the truth that expanding the story works versus moving faster than a speeding bullet, it would behoove all worried to move a lot faster than this.

“Jupiter’s Legacy” premieres May 7 on Netflix.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.