‘Jupiter’s Legacy’: Battles Over Budgets, Executive Purge Factor in Cancellation

‘Jupiter’s Legacy’: Battles Over Budgets, Executive Purge Factor in Cancellation

Jupiter’s Legacy hit Netflix on May 7 to great expectations. The show, which adapts a well-regarded comic by Mark Millar, was the first project to emerge from Netflix’s 2017 acquisition of Millar’s publishing line, Millarworld. Unlike most of Millar’s other works, the superhero comic, with a story that spans decades and prequel titles, had a deep character bench from which to draw, and Netflix saw it as a way to further its own universe-building ambitions to compete with Disney IP heavyweights Marvel and Star Wars. And it was to be a flagship show for the cornerstone of its Millarworld ambitions. On June 2, however, Jupiter was no more, with the streamer informing the cast that they were being let go as the series garnered a less-than-stellar 38 percent critics’ score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The show, however, seemed to be a victim of several factors, some of its own making, some not, and illustrates the birthing pains of building on a highly publicized acquisition. The series was plagued with issues from the start, with then-showrunner Steven DeKnight initially asking …
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