In 2017, Netflix bought Millarworld, the comic book publishing empire started by writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Civil War). So far, that hasn't born any fruit, as the ultra-expensive Jupiter's Legacy adaptation was critically reviled and has been all but officially canceled after one season. There are more in the pipeline, but the first results haven't been great. Studios are learning that unless the comic books hail from DC or Marvel, there's little chance the movies or shows will succeed.
But the streaming giant is giving it another go, this time with a European flair. They've picked up How I Became a Superhero, based on the popular French novel. In this world, superheroes coexist with regular joes and garden-variety evil villains. To take down a drug dealer and human trafficker, an ex-superhero and detective team up. But they may need some help from some retired powerful beings.
How I Became a Superhero premieres exclusively on Netflix on Friday, July 9.