Netflix releases new UMBRELLA ACADEMY season 2 posters

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Netflix unveils posters for THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY season 2

Netflix is gearing up for the return of The Umbrella Academy. The first season finale left the Hargeeves family in a rather precarious position after they failed to stop the apocalypse. The family chose to travel back in time to make a second attempt but as the season one finale drew to a close the team found they had all been regressed back to childhood.

Though Netflix has yet to announce a premiere date for season 2, they have begun promoting the second batch of episodes with the release of these new posters.

The colourful posters all continue the umbrella motif with each member of the Hargreeves family appearing in their own poster. There’s also a stylised umbrella in the number two on the final poster, that same poster also features the teasing caption “When are they?”.

Well indeed Netflix. When are they? And when will they be back!?

The Umbrella Academy is based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics.

The live-action series stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, and Mary J. Blige, and is produced by Universal Cable Productions for Netflix. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Jeff F. King (Hand of God), Bluegrass Television, and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá will serve as co-executive producers.

Season 1 of The Umbrella Academy is available now via Netflix worldwide.


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Dark Horse to release THE MAKING OF THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY in July 2020

Following the huge success of the Netflix series, Dark Horse has unveiled plans to release a new book chronically the creating of The Umbrella Academy.

The series, which is currently in production on its second season, was watch by over 45 million households in its first month of release and is one of Netflix’s most talked about global launches.

Get all the details on The Making Of The Umbrella Academy in the press release below.


Dark Horse, Netflix, and Universal Content Productions to Release “The Making of The Umbrella Academy” in July 2020

Dark Horse, Netflix, and Universal Content Productions present The Making of The Umbrella Academy! Based on the award-winning comics series by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, Doom Patrol) and Gabriel Bá (Two Brothers, Neil Gaiman’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties), The Umbrella Academy on Netflix reached 45 million households in the first four weeks after its release with a second season set for a 2020 release. The Making of The Umbrella Academy is a vividly designed hardcover volume exposing the idiosyncratic wit and dysfunctional dynamism of Netflix’s family of superheroic savants. Whether you’re a diehard alumnus of the comics or a freshman to the Netflix series, this fantastic tome is one that will not want to miss! 

Dive into the development and production of the Netflix original series, The Umbrella Academy, with a collection that features hundreds of behind-the-scenes images in The Making of The Umbrella Academy. Discover how Netflix’s live-action adaptation, from showrunner and executive producer Steve Blackman, successfully translated Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s original vision for their comic to the small screen. 

The Making of The Umbrella Academy goes on sale July 7, 2020, and is available for pre-order through AmazonBarnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop. This 200-page tome retails for $39.99. 


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Netflix confirms THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY season 2 renewal

On Monday we reported that Netflix hit The Umbrella Academy was rumoured to be renewed for a second season. Now the streaming service has made the news official.

Variety is reporting the series will return for a 10-episode second season with shooting set to begin in the Summer. This would tally with rumours we were hearing over the weekend that the show is gearing up for shooting again.

Are you excited at the news that show will be returning?

The Umbrella Academy is based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The live-action series stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, and Mary J. Blige, and is produced by Universal Cable Productions for Netflix. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Jeff F. King (Hand of God), Bluegrass Television, and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá will serve as co-executive producers.

Season 1 on The Umbrella Academy is available now via Netflix worldwide.


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THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY rumoured to be renewed for second season

Some excellent news from Screen Rant today who are reporting that Netflix has renewed The Umbrella Academy for a second season.

The site is reporting that the cast and crew are gearing up to begin production on the second season in May. It is said that the shooting schedule will take the show through September so at present we expect a late 2019/early 2020 release.

Netflix has yet to officially comment on the status of the show but should this rumour be correct we expect an announcement to come very soon!

The Umbrella Academy is based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The live-action series stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, and Mary J. Blige, and is produced by Universal Cable Productions for Netflix. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Jeff F. King (Hand of God), Bluegrass Television, and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá will serve as co-executive producers.

Season 1 on The Umbrella Academy is available now via Netflix worldwide.


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THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY S01E01 “We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals” review

Synopsis

Years after they rose to fame as young crime-fighting superheroes, the estranged Hargreeves siblings come together to mark their father’s death.

Review

If you’re currently riding the wave of quirky new comic book shows being lead by Deadly Class and Doom Patrol then The Umbrella Academy is definitely for you.

This is another series that I haven’t read ahead of its live action premiere. But it’s still an enjoyable pilot to watch even with little prior knowledge of its characters.

As with the aforementioned shows a lot of time is spent introducing us to its characters. We meet them in several time periods of over the course of their lives with much of the action focussed on the present day.

Where Deadly Class leans in to its 80s nostalgia setting The Umbrella Academy leans toward unconventional choices. Much of the opening act is only sparsely peppered with dialogue. Instead scenes are predominantly set to classical music as being performed by Vanya (Ellen Page).

It’s a bold choice for a first impression to the series. It meant that I put more effort into translating the visual language of the scenes. The series is making a statement that it won’t be pandering to a thoughtless audience. IF you are watching The Umbrella Academy then you will be expected to think whilst doing so.

The intermittent narration gives the series a Lemony Snickett feel at times. The colour pallette and cinematography choices also echo this type of off-the-wall fairytale type storytelling. It works well in the context of the show but certainly won’t be to everyone’s liking if it continues through each episode.

At times it became obvious that “We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals” is trying very hard to be different to your average show. Whilst I appreciate it for breaking from the norm it is at times a little grating.

Robert Sheehan will no doubt be singled out by many as a standout cast member. His performance brings some of the biggest belly laughs of the episode for sure. But at times he also seems to push the quirkiness a half-step too far. Like a true-to-life younger sibling you love them because they are family but boy can they piss you off when they get hyper.

There’s some very snarky chemistry between the adopted siblings. At times it’s a bit like watching a band going through a breakup as we watch them bicker. But it’s a testament to strong writin that each of the kids gets a moment to shine, even the MIA Ben (Justin H. Min/Ethan Hwang).

Much like every pilot the bulk of the runtime is dedicated to the characters. The overarching plot of the season only comes in to play in the background and towards the end of the episode. But enough intrigue is generated around the impending apocalypse to bring me back for the second episode.

No review would be complete without noting two standout scenes from the episode:

  • The family dance sequence. An outstandingly random moment where the lead cast are all separately having a dance in memory of their deceased father. Despite the silliness each ones individual moves tells us a lot about their character.
  • Donut shop fight sequence. Well choreographed action which feels a little influenced by movies like Kingsman. It might have only been short but certainly showed by The Umbrella Academy is capable of.

There’s nothing particularly offensive about “We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals”. But there also isn’t quite enough to make this my new, number 1 go-to show.

Verdict

“We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals” is an interesting first glimpse into the world of The Umbrella Academy. It’s not quite the home run that Netflix would have been hoping for but it wears its heart on its sleeve in earnest.

If great characters, an intriguing story and unconventional choices are your thing then this is the series for you.

7/10

The Umbrella Academy is based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics.

The live-action series stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, and Mary J. Blige, and is produced by Universal Cable Productions for Netflix. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Jeff F. King (Hand of God), Bluegrass Television, and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá will serve as co-executive producers.

The series is available via Netflix February 18, 2019.


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Netflix releases new THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY stills gallery

Earlier today we brought you the first trailer for The Umbrella Academy. Now Netflix has debuted this gallery of promotional images for the series.

The streaming service has also debuted the official synopsis for the series:

On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeve’s passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.

The Umbrella Academy is based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The live-action series stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, and Mary J. Blige, and is produced by Universal Cable Productions for Netflix. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Jeff F. King (Hand of God), Bluegrass Television, and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá will serve as co-executive producers.

The series drops on Netflix February 18, 2019.


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Netflix releases first trailer for THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY

Netflix has finally lifted the lid on its upcoming adaption of The Umbrella Academy. The series, adapted from the Dark Horse comic by Gerard Way, will debut its 10-episode first season in February.

The series will be based on the first volume of the comic in which children with special abilities are born all over the world. Sir Reginald Hargreeves adopts six of them to create the Umbrella Academy, a team of young superheroes.

Fast forward to years later, and Hargreeves, the children’s “father” is dead. Now, the adopted brothers and sisters are reunited, just as the coming threat of an apocalypse arrives. And they only have a very short amount of time before they can prevent it from happening.

The Umbrella Academy stars Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Tom Hopper, Cameron Britton, Robert Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Adam Godley, Aidan Gallagher, David Castañeda, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe and Colm Feore.

The series drops on Netflix February 18, 2019.


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