Dark Horse Comics still has ‘The Umbrella Academy‘ as an ongoing series but much like HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ we’ll likely see Netflix catching up and then surpassing the source material. Thankfully, just like George R.R. Martin, it would appear that Gerard Way has a gameplan in place as to how the series can move forward. Way and artist Gabriel Bá have seen quite a bit of success with this series that pulls together a super-powered family who have gone their separate ways and have been forced to come together once more to solve the mystery of how their father died.
While Netflix has kept the essence of their characters, they’ve shared that it will be changed for the live-action take of the material. As to how the series can move forward with the comics not yet finished, Way shared that:
“What I did for Steve Blackman (the showrunner) and the writers in that first writer’s room was to create an eighteen-page document that laid everything out. Even of the graphic novels that haven’t come out yet. Which should equal eight when we’re all done. So I gave them the blueprint for what happens because you do want to seed certain things in there for future series and the hope is that it’s a success so that you do a lot more of these. They’re very curious what Gabriel and I are doing next. We always send them the new comics. They really want to know what’s happening.”
The best part about this is that a series like this love to include foreshadowing and being able to know the major plot points that are planned can easily allow for this to happen in the upcoming series. Hopefully, they’ll be able to include these breadcrumbs that will point audiences in the right direction without spoiling the experience of those who also read the comics.
Are you looking forward to checking out ‘The Umbrella Academy’ on Netflix? Is finding out that the showrunner and writing team already know what will end up happening give you more confidence in the show? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured, and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya, and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.
You can check out ‘The Umbrella Academy’ on Netflix on February 15th, 2019!