Netflix's Umbrella Academy TV show gets brand new first look images as well as a February 2019 release date. In addition to pursuing romantic comedy and teen-oriented movies and TV shows in recent years, the streaming giant is also trying to break into the comic book realm. They're not only producing their own comic book series, such as the recently announced Mark Millar's The Magic Order, but they're also developing their own comic book shows to compete with all the other broadcast and cable networks out there, not to mention streaming services.
One such TV show that has caught the attention of general audiences and comic book fans alike is The Umbrella Academy, which is based on the comic series of the same name created and written by Gerard Way. There have been three limited series thus far (with a fourth on the way), ever since the first iteration released in 2007, and Netflix is planning on bringing those stories to life on the small screen in the coming months. And to kick off their marketing campaign for the new property, they revealed some key details today during their panel at New York Comic Con 2018.
It was revealed during the Netflix and Chills panel at NYCC 2018 today that the streaming service had set The Umbrella Academy's release date for February 15, 2019 - a Friday, of course. Furthermore, they also showcased a trailer during the panel, which has not yet released online. Instead, they've released new first look images of the cast, which includes Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan, Mary J. Blige, and more. Take a look:
It's evident by the above images that Universal Cable Productions and Dark Horse Entertainment - the two production companies behind the project; Netflix is involved as a distributor - that they are looking to maintain the overall aesthetic of the source material, which isn't too surprising given that Dark Horse was responsible for publishing the original comics. For fans who've been waiting for an adaptation of this series, though, these images mean so much more. After all, Universal Studios originally started developing an Umbrella Academy movie in the early 2010s.
For those who are unaware of the source material and aren't sure what to expect of the TV show, simply put, The Umbrella Academy follows a family of seven superheroes who are trying to uncover the mystery of their father's death. The story, however, is far from the traditional superhero story general audiences may be used to - but when is that ever a bad thing?