Jupiter’s Legacy (2021)

Jupiter’s Legacy is a new series that takes on the ethical struggle of the superhero. Based on the 2013 comic series by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, the series follows the Sampson family as the parental heroes (Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb) try to direct their children (Andrew Horton and Elena Kampouris) to follow righteously in their footsteps. The trouble is, the generations don’t see eye to eye when it comes to the best way to battle supervillains.

Like other postmodern deconstructions of the superhero story — such as Watchmen and The BoysJupiter’s Legacy explores the toll that the legendary “great responsibility” takes on those with the superhuman powers, and the impact they have on society around them. In this case, the family dynamic is a big part of that toll. The story jumps around in time, from the Great Depression to the present, establishing how the elders gained their powers, solving a mystery in the present that’s connected to the past, and examining the pressures facing the children of heroes.

Filmed in Ontario, the series features locations such as Toronto’s Old City Hall, street scenes on Adelaide and Bay Streets as well as some small town and industrial scenes filmed on the outskirts of Peterborough and Hamilton. It’s also delightfully sprinkled with retired Canadian wrestlers, such as Robert Maillet from Ste-Marie-de-Kent, New Brunswick (Kurrgan in WWF) and Tyler Mane from Saskatoon (Big Sky in WCW, though perhaps better known as Sabretooth from X-Men), who both play giant villains.

Review by Lindsey Gibb

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