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Brian Michael Bendis Confirms Animated Legion Of Superheroes Show

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I met Brian Michael Bendis once at a convention. I was chatting with an artist at a table when suddenly, this fat bald man in a fancy tuxedo walked up. This was the entirety of our conversation:

ME: “Whoa, YOU look important…who are you?”
BRIAN: “Me? Oh, I’m nobody.”
ME: “Okay.”

It was about six months later when I finally realized who it was. I vowed my revenge and someday I will have it.

Anyway, ever since his breakthrough days as head writer of Ultimate Spider-Man in the early 2000s, Brian Michael Bendis has been one of the most prolific writers in comics, and he’s no less busy today than he was when he decided to pull that fast one on me. He’s got multiple projects in the air right now, and today he just confirmed another one: HBO Max is looking into producing an animated Legion of Superheroes series, and BMB gave them the idea.

“So, miracle of miracles, HBO then asked what else I would want to do and if there’s any DC properties I thought would make an interesting show,” he said on his Substack. “I may have yelled the word LEGION louder than you want to in a normal adult person business meeting. So yeah, the headline today is… HBO Max has put me to work on a LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES TV SHOW. At the moment it is being developed as an adult animated show. Can you tell I am jumping up and down about this?”

According to Bendis, the series will specifically be based on his own 12-issue take on the Legionnaires, which he made with Ryan Sook. In that version, Superman’s son Jon Kent went to the 31st century to help the Legion battle General Zod and Rogol Zaar (the latter is basically an anti-Kryptonian bigot, very punchable for Jon). The book ended before the story could be wrapped up, but it will conclude in Justice League vs. Legion of Super-Heroes, an event book BMB is working on right now.

The Legion has been around long enough to be adapted in animated form before. They guest-starred in an episode of Superman: The Animated Series and had their own exclusive show in the dying days of Kids WB (2006, if you don’t remember).

This isn’t even the only project BMB has going at HBO Max — the streamer is also producing an animated version of his comic book Cover, which he created with David Mack. All in all, quite a list of achievements for “nobody.” The Legion animated show currently has no release window.