Jupiter’s Legacy: Ben Daniels admits finale twist was initially scrapped ‘It wasn’t there’
Jupiter's Legacy: Netflix releases trailer for new series
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Spoiler alert – the first season of Netflix’s brand new comic book drama Jupiter’s Legacy concluded with a massive, game-changing twist. As a surprising turn for Walter Sampson aka Brainwave (played by Ben Daniels) sets things in motion for a potential second season, the star has shared some surprising insight about the show’s original scripts.
Ben Daniels has revealed Brainwave’s dark turn at the end of Jupiter’s Legacy was originally left out of the script for the first season finale.
Based on the Mark Millar comic book series of the same name, the brand new superhero series has become yet another instant hit for streaming service, Netflix.
Hot off his appearance in the Emmy award-winning cast of The Crown, Daniels stars as Walter Sampson, the older brother of Sheldon Sampson/The Utopian (Josh Duhamel).
Sheldon becomes the leader of a close-knit team of heroes known as the Union of Justice after a mysterious quest in the 1930s grants them superhuman abilities.
However, by the end of the first season’s jaw-dropping finale, Sheldon’s brother Walter is revealed to be a sinister puppet master who framed Skyfox and has been manipulating his family the entire time.
Recalling his initial casting to Digital Spy, Daniels revealed he first learned he had landed the series whilst filming The Crown in the middle of a field with little to no phone reception.
Unable to download the scripts for the series, the actor was instead able to buy Millar and Frank Quitely’s original comic book collection thanks to his 3G connection on his Kindle.
He explained: “I sat in my trailer in this field, and read for hours that entire world. So I knew where Walter ended up.”
The new series kicks off when, in the present day, the Utopian’s superpowered son Brandon (Andrew Horton) kills a powerful supervillain known as Blackstar (Tyler Mane).
After chastising his son for breaking the Union’s Code not to kill, the heroes later discover that the adversary they took down was actually a clone of the original Blackstar.
Although Walter manages to convince his team that the defected Union member known as Skyfox (Matt Lanter) was behind the scheme, the psionic hero is set to become the overarching villain of the whole series.
But, as Daniel revealed in his recent interview, this devastating final twist was actually intended to start off Jupiter’s Legacy’s second season.
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He continued: “And initially, in the first season, you didn’t see that twist at the end. It wasn’t there.
“So it was told to me that it would happen at the beginning of the second season.”
Series developer Steven S. DeKnight also stepped in as director and writer for the first season, and initially ended the finale on a much different note.
As production for the series continued, the star claimed it quickly became clear that Jupiter’s Legacy needed one more shocking story beat to tee up the events of season two.
Daniels added: “But the more it went on, the more you knew you needed it right at the end of that show. You needed to see where he was going.”
Netflix has yet to announce a second season of the series, but the first instalment of the streaming service’s proposed ‘Millarverse’ has certainly piqued the interest of superhero fans.
Plus, Ben Daniels already confirmed he’s signed on for the series for at least six years, so the evil mastermind Brainwave is almost certain to return in future seasons to take on the Union.
Jupiter’s Legacy is available to watch on Netflix.
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