Next week The CW will premiere Superman & Lois, a new take on the Man of Steel that depicts him at a later time in his life, when he and Lois have married and settled down on the farm. It’ll be the first Superman show where he has offspring, and his twin sons don’t discover their dad’s true identity until the day the first episode is set, when they’re already teenagers.
How would you handle your dad being Superman? Imagine living under THAT kind of a shadow. Years before this series was even an idea, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman explored this perspective in Invincible, a superhero comic where the main character is the son of Omni-Man, the most famous hero on Earth. Like the twins on Superman & Lois, Mark Grayson’s powers don’t begin manifesting until he’s in his teen years…and he’s got to figure out what to do with them.
Following in Dad’s footsteps seems the most logical choice, but how can he measure up to his dad’s record? And like Superman, Omni-Man is from another planet, so Mark has questions about his own alien heritage…and he may not like the answers.
Invincible is about to become an animated TV series on Amazon Prime. The trailer was released today and reveals Mark is far from the only superpowered teen at his high school — so he’s got two places he doesn’t really fit in. The show will also not shy away from how messy the superhero trade would truly be…the blood explodes everywhere when these guys get punched.
Amazon’s Invincible stars the voices of Steven Yeun as Mark Grayson, J.K. Simmons as his dad Omni-Man, and Sandra Oh as his human mother Debbie, along with Seth Rogen, Zazie Beetz, Walton Goggins, Jason Mantzoukas, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Michael Richardson, Sonequa Martin-Green, Mahershala Ali, Michael Dorn, Ezra Miller, Clancy Brown, Jon Hamm, Djimon Hounsou…and Mark Hamill, because it wouldn’t be a superhero cartoon without him.
Invincible takes off March 26 on Amazon Prime.