Being a superhero isn’t an easy job in Mark Millar’s Netflix adaptation of Jupiter’s Legacy. There’s a pesky code to deal with that hasn’t aged well, there’s the Utopian up your ass about making choices that cost innocent lives, and there’s the expectations the world puts on you because of your powers. But you know what’s harder than all of that? Being the kid of a once superhero who now is the big bad because the superheroes say so. That’s where Ian Quinlan‘s Hutch comes in.
Hutch is the son of Skyfox, former superhero and member of The Union. After some…conflicting events that you’ll know more about when you watch Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy led this young man to be alone in the world. And even though this isn’t the life he chose, he’s grown a skin so thick that nothing can stop him from getting the justice his heart is yearning for.
We got a chance to speak with Ian Quinlan about Jupiter’s Legacy. And instead of bogging this down with the usual lineup of interviews, we thought we’d go for 5 things we learned about his character Hutch when we spoke with him!
1. He’s a big fan of Mark Millar.
“I grew up reading a lot of his stuff. I grew up reading Civil War, The Authority. And when I read for this part it felt very familiar. I felt like I understood what this is. And then when I was testing for it I realized it’s Mark and then I was like, “I definitely know the themes that he’s exploring here. And I definitely know the kind of the idea of values meets politics meets the ideal versus how you implement it.”
2. Hutch wants to drive a bus through the code.
“I just sort of went to work on trying to figure out how Hutch fits into this dynamic where you have this somewhat didactic, I would say, code that has been established over about a hundred years. And then who’s the guy that’s going to drive a bus through that wall.”
3. The Union broke up Hutch’s family and he hasn’t forgotten.
“My father’s been on the lamb, but where has The Union been in my family this whole time?” Nobody came to visit. Why is it that nobody knows who I am? You have this kid that grew up fighting for everything because this Union destroyed his family.”
4. We’ll come to learn that things aren’t black and white.
“We’ll come to find that the situation wasn’t so black and white, like everything in Jupiter’s Legacy. And that actually The Union might actually have something to atone for.”
5. Hutch has had to fend for himself for a long time.
“The Union broke his family up and ruined his life essentially or left him fatherless, leaving him stranded and having to pick up the pieces and fend for himself from day one.”
Jupiter’s Legacy is set to release May 7th on Netflix.