Important names from the TV series Jupiter’s Legacy, which will be broadcast on Netflix for the first time today, answered the questions of the press members at a roundtable. Murat Oktay, the founder of merlininkazani.com and Play4.uk, was also at this meeting and he directed the questions you might wonder to the members of the team along with other press members. John Duhamel, who plays Sheldon, one of the leading roles in the series, writer Mark Millar, as well as Elena Kampouris and Ian Quinlan answered questions from the press members.
Josh Duhamel: Sheldon of Jupiter’s Legacy
Josh Duhamel, who plays Sheldon, an “old superhero” that we are not used to seeing from the lead roles of the series, answered the questions. He sincerely answered questions, both personal ones and also about his role, asked by members of the press from all over the world.
Alessandra De Tomassi: You act as a superhero, but I’m wondering what’s your strongest side as a person? In what do you find yourself better or ‘less good’?
John Duhamel: I think my best skill is to be able to read people. So I can quickly sense who someone is. Still, I would like to read people’s minds. And I’m working on this too.
Murat Oktay: You take the role of a father who wants to affect the lives of his children in the most correct way. The formation of this character is already explained with flashbacks. Will we see these parts more often in the following episodes?
John Duhamel: Although I haven’t heard about it yet, I hope we will move on to the second season. But I’m sure we’ll see more of his 30s. Because we also want to see the problems they faced before they got their power.
Thomas Delaunay: When I first see the series, I said myself : ” It’s not that common to see older superheroes in series.”. Did you feel the same when you saw the script? Was this a role you wanted to play?
Josh Duhamel: I like the idea of a man who wants something impossible to come true thru the end of his career. I had never seen this before, so I liked the idea of cutting off the character’s story from his 30s until now, seeing what kind of changes are, how his worldview has changed. I loved the idea of playing this old, gray-haired man who takes on the problems of himself and the world. A man who faces the resistance of people who take full responsibility and disapprove of him. And bring this kind of perspective to a superhero.
James Mottram: You’ve also worked on Transformer movies in the past. Has things completely changed with VFX? Was there a different experience this time?
Josh Duhamel: Going back to the first episodes, yes, it has changed a lot. But in the 4th and 5th, we were doing pretty much the same thing. They scan your face and body and put them in a place called “Digi”. I didn’t even think this thing they were doing was possible. I still don’t understand things like green screen. You stay in a green room for three weeks and then they throw you into a whole different world. This project isn’t as crazy as the Transformers movies, it’s a bit more “organized.”
David Opie: Blackstar and other heroes played a very important role in the massive battle at the end of the first episode. How was it to shoot this scene, one of the most crucial points of the first season?
Josh Duhamel: They all look great once shot and recorded, but shooting these types of scenes isn’t the funniest part. Because this is a very long visual effects process and requires a lot of planning and equipment. So it was good to see the final version of the war scene, but to be honest it wasn’t a lot of fun.
Alessandra De Tomassi: Your character is of course a superhero, and also a father. And we can also see the problems he has with his daughter and son. As a human and as a father, what would you like your legacy to be? So how would you want people to remember you?
Josh Duhamel: I think there are some lessons I should learn from Sheldon. There are certain situations where Sheldon has an enormous responsibility to the world and should help its rescue. To be honest im in the middle as a father. It’s been a busy 5-6 months since October and I have to keep my job and family in balance because I have a son who needs me. When he turns 25, I don’t want to look back and see that I missed some things because I’ve been working all this time. For this reason, I try very hard to keep the balance between my work and my family. He’s only going to be 7 years old once, after all, and I don’t want to have any regrets on my side when I look back.
Murat Oktay: Do you think Jupiters Legacy has a lower action level than other series? As you know, the Avengers series took this to the top, and should we expect more action from Jupiter’s Legacy?
Josh Duhamel: Maybe. I don’t know. This is a good question, but it depends on who you ask. I personally think I saw them all and it was fun to see the action. One of the great things about the series is that the characters determine the action and what’s going on. Trust me, more and more will come and progress through the characters as needed.
During the interview, he also stated that portraying an older character was a good opportunity for him. Because he is no longer a young man and is in his late 40s. That’s why he liked the idea of portraying Sheldon, who turned into a superhero when he was a human in his 30s.
Mark Millar: Writer of the Series Answered Questions
The writer of the series, Mark Millar, attended the fourth round of the roundtable to answer questions from the press members.
Alessandra De Tomassi: We are going through a dangerous period when things around us are terrifying us all. I think we need heroes with hope more than ever. So what is your personal biggest fear?
Mark Millar: That’s a great question. I had never been asked anything like this before. That’s why Jupiter’s Legacy is about the mistakes people think are right. My biggest fear is that people think they’re 100 percent right. And I do not agree on that. Countries are always angry because nobody compromises with each other. Everyone is so fueled. Probably because of social media. Jupiter’s Legacy is about two groups of people and two groups of superheroes. Superheroes are not fighting super enemies. Young heroes think the old is wrong, and the old people try to defend what they think is right.
Murat Oktay: In Jupiter’s Legacy, all heroes can fly around the world you created. And they all have their own unique superpowers. Sheldon is the strongest among them, and the others discover and develop their strength. Generally, if a group of heroes is mentioned in superhero productions, people identify with one. Jupiter’s Legacy offers the opposite. Is there a reason for moving forward like this?
Mark Millar: I really wanted to do this differently than anything else. I wanted to do something different. It’s just about people and family. The people here have concerns that everyone has. It’s more emotional, like someone betraying someone. So yes, I wanted to do something completely different from anything that has happened before. And you know, this is our job.
Thomas Dealunay: You are writing a different story than anything that has happened before. When I saw the show, I told myself that it was unusual to write stories about superheroes and represent all superheroes. What do you think about this topic?
Mark Millar: I wanted to do “something for everyone” like young people, old people. You know people from all over the world, as the story unfolds you will see Indian, European, Asian superheroes. So I liked the idea of combining all these things. Because all the superheroes I’ve seen in my life were pretty much the same age, same kind of people. Usually they become scientists. So I thought it was interesting to write a superhero story by mixing all these different people. So this feels like normal drama. I like this idea because there has never been a live action series about a superhero family before. This is weird enough.
For example, I have never seen a superhero mom or an old superhero daddy before. When I watched superhero movies, I often saw superheroes fighting. Yes, this is beautiful too, but a superhero mother who takes care of her son who is punched in the middle of his face. Or a child who sees her mother being buttheaded or that her father is about to be killed. These are very emotional and interesting things.
James Mottram: We’ve always seen Marvel and DC in the past. There are also many Marvel and DC productions in cinema and TV. Tired of this style, did you create something radical like drug addict Chloe? You would never see this kind of thing in a Marvel movie.
Mark Millar: Here we have a big advantage. I love Marvel and DC movies. But I never wanted to put similar things in front of people. Instead, I wanted to take things to the next level, and nobody said no to me. This was a great opportunity.
David Opie: You own many Netflix shows like Millaverse. So why first Jupiter’s Legacy? Why did you decide to have this show on the platform first?
Mark Millar: This was actually a decision taken as a group. There were about twenty series, and we decided on Jupiter’s Legacy. This is a big, huge project. And it will play a big role in our competition with others on the platform. We couldn’t do this project 5-10 years ago, the timing was great. Technology was not like this before. At the same time, the people got used to superheroes within 20 years, so we didn’t need a ‘super enemy’ in our project. People can take this as normal now, no one would be surprised. The people has also reached these levels, and we have to raise the bar with this project.
Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton ve Ian Quinlan
You can find the questions and answers to Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton and Ian Quinlan from the cast members just below.
Alessandra De Tomassi (asks Andrew Horton): What kind of superpower would you like to have? Who was your favorite superhero in your childhood?
Andrew Horton: I wish my special power was teleportation. I would like to be able to go anywhere in the world whenever I need it. And forget about planes, travel or walking. Still, it can be said that I am a little lazy. Probably my favorite superhero of my childhood was Batman. I’m a big Batman fan, as a kid I had toys, comics, batman pajamas.
Thomas Delaunay (asks Elena Kampouris): When we first saw the show, we were surprised that it is an old superhero with white hair and a white beard. Did you think the same?
Elena Kampouris: I think this is very cool. I realized it was much more than what was written in the script. I saw Josh, and for the second time he was in their 30s and they were aging in front of me. And I took a picture of him with the lower part of his face made of white beards while the upper side looks young. I noticed this most during filming and I think it made the show unique. There are two completely different worlds out there. And you go back and forth between a past and present of flashbacks. And there is a strong contrast here, too.
Murat Oktay (asks Elena Kampouris): I think Jupiter’s Legacy is the first TV show you’ve been in. This is a different production from other superhero movies. So how did you prepare for this?
Elena Kampouris: Murat, I really like the background! I don’t know where to start. As a team we were all prepared for over a month. We tried to reach the superhero body with a great gym as well as great stunts. At the same time, we explored the psychological aspects of our character and prepared for it. We dived into the role with all of us, and we were lucky that we got help from many tools. And we managed to turn this series from comics to screen.
James Mottram (asks Elena Kampouris): How did you channel yourself into a corrupt “bad girl” in the drama?
Elena Kampouris: It was very enjoyable to do things that you cannot do in daily life while portraying Chloe. To spice up your creativity and reflect your inner world and innovation to your character. It’s fun to stick a man to the wall with one punch! I admire his fiery role, strong and free spirit. She’s a really tough chick. And of course it was fun to play her role!
In the rest of the interview, Alessandra De Tomassi asked Elena Kampouris the same question that she asked Andrew Horton. She asked what special powers she wanted to have, and her favorite superhero from her childhood. In response to this question, Elena said her favorite superhero was Blade, played by Wesley Snipes. As for what special power she wanted to have – it might sound interesting – he said he wanted to have the ability to warm up. In this way, she stated that she wanted to be able to warm herself in a snap. Instead of wearing coats or jackets every time she gets cold. Then she sang a song in Italian.
The Jupiter Legacy interview continued as follows:
Murat Oktay (asks Ian Quinlan): I could only watch the first 5 episodes of the series. Your character, as I saw it, was the only character without superpower indicators. What psychology does this create in your character?
Ian Quinlan: I think he’s not worried at all about that, to be honest. Definitely flying proves that it doesn’t need any super power like super speeds. I think he has a secret he’s keeping and people will soon find out about it. So he’s not just a “big man” chasing after super strong women. I think we’ll experience that soon.
Questions to Matt Lanter (Skyfox) and Ben Daniels (Brainwave)
Matt Lanter and Ben Daniels, with the characters Skyfox and Brainwave played in Jupiter’s Legacy, were also among the names who attended the meeting. And answered the questions. The interesting part about them is that they never met face-to-face with the writer of the show, Mark Millar, apart from the Zoom talks.
David Opie (asks Daniels): I loved his character. What was your first reaction when you learned the ‘twist’ in your character?
Ben Daniels: I read the comments before I read the script. My agent told me that this Netflix series was offered to me. So I knew where Walter was going. And you didn’t see that turn in season one, he wasn’t there. So it was at the beginning of the second season. And of course, it is great for us. I’ve signed on for six years to make a drama like this. And there is only two scripts. I mean, this is crazy. I can’t think of such a thing, so it was great for all of us.
James Mottram (asks Ben Daniels): What do you think makes it different, besides the many superhero stuff that’s standing there? When I watched it, I felt it was very different. I don’t know why but it made me feel so different. Maybe you can explain that.
Ben Daniels: I don’t know if I can explain. But I know I loved this one, it’s kind of because of the scope of the characters. You see how different people they have become in a hundred years after seeing them in the 1920s. We are six people but as if there were twelve characters there. However, there is a confusion about how they were found with the children of the modern world.
It is quite satisfying to involve in their journey. It always keeps the audience on his toes. I can say that the world is really well build and well written. But I don’t know, I don’t watch too many superhero movies. So I’m probably not the best person to ask this. It was like some sort of Greek tragedy in ancient Greece. It was all about the human condition and the hands of great and heavy destiny. I don’t know, I can say it’s a very satisfying format.
Alessandra De Tomassi (asks Matt Lanter): So what is your favorite superpower and favorite superhero?
Matt Lanter: It might sound cliché, but I’d love to fly. You can go anywhere you want. Can you imagine this freedom? It would be great. As a superhero, I’d probably go with Wolverine.
David Opie (asks Matt Lanter): You’ve played many superhero roles like Venom before. So how does it feel to be on the screens in a live action?
Matt Lanter: It’s pretty cool to see yourself that way. You know, it’s great to see yourself in a costume. As if you were a child, you imagine yourself as a hero, you feel strong, you look strange. This is very magical. This is one of the reasons I am an actor. The magic of this drew me into this.