Netflix has announced a new comic book show based on the award-winning Dark Horse Comics alt-history series written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá about a school for superheroes. No, the other one.
In a shift from the 1970s setting of the source material, season one begins in 1989 with the spontaneous pregnancies and subsequent, same-day miracle births of six superpowered children. Said superbabies are adopted by a wealthy benefactor with high hopes of creating a superteam that will fight an unspecified, world threatening evil. However, much like in your own family, their unique gifts and varied personalities threaten to derail the superteam dream and they must learn to work together if they are to have any hope of defending the world.
With Disney gathering up its Marvel toys and taking them home so nobody else can play with them, Netflix is testing out different superhero properties and, from the look of the teaser, this one has some serious potential. Let’s hope it’s not like that one time your mom got you a GoBot for your birthday because they’re robots that transform and isn’t that what you wanted? Why are you looking at me like that?
The Umbrella Academy stars Ellen Page as Vanya/The White Violin, Tom Hopper as Luther/Spaceboy, David Castaneda as Diego/The Kraken, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison/The Rumor, Robert Sheehan as Klaus/The Seance, and Aidan Gallagher as Number Five/The Boy, with Colm Feore as Sir Reginald Hargreeves/The Monocle.
The show premieres on Netflix on 15 February 2019 with 10 one-hour episodes.