Netflix has revealed its first look at the upcoming series The Umbrella Academy. The limited graphic novel adaptation promises a darkly comedic take on the superhero genre, with plenty of pathos and attitude to keep things interesting.
Based on the graphic novel series from My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy is an upcoming Netflix series that centers around an unorthodox crew of superheroes in an alternate US history. These superhuman characters, who were are all adopted as children by Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) for special training to save the world, are reunited as adults through tragedy. However, despite the fact that they all share similar agendas, their individual abilities and strong personalities tend to make things particularly difficult for them. The series also stars Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, Mary J. Blige, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, and Aidan Gallagher.
In the first official footage for the Umbrella Academy, the titular crew comes together in the face of tragedy and shows off their individual, super-powered skills. Not quite as refined as certain heroes in other live-action comic book adaptations, like The Avengers or Justice League, the characters in The Umbrella Academy wear their hearts, frustrations, and dysfunction on their sleeves, which is more than present in the trailer.
The cast of The Umbrella Academy originally revealed footage for the upcoming series at New York Comic Con 2018 during the Netflix & Chills panel. It was released alongside other sci-fi and horror-related shows on Netflix like Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Haunting of Hill House, and the upcoming prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance from The Jim Henson Company. The graphic novel series on which the new series is based has garnered a cult following over the years, so the fact that it's being developed into a live-action series - as well as the fact that it includes a cast of A-list actors - has prompted significant anticipation from fans. However, before the show ever went into development, there had been talks of a film adaptation in the early 2010s.
With the superhero genre taking over so much of mainstream media, it's refreshing to see a unique spin on the genre. The super-powered characters in The Umbrella Academy are not without their flaws, but that's the appeal. Way created a band of heroes for outsiders, and from the brief look at what's to come in the show's first season, The Umbrella Academy looks to be a satisfying dive outside the norm, while still somehow managing to be relatable for its target audience.
The Umbrella Academy will debut on February 15, 2019 on Netflix.