Fx’s Legion Will Break the Mold of the Superhero Genre

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At an interview during the Television Critics Association winter press panel, the producers of Legion told reporters that the show will be nothing like audiences have seen on television before — well, nothing like we’ve seen comic book television shows do before.

From the trailers, Legion does seem to be setting itself apart from other superhero genre shows. Here’s what The Hollywood Reported shared from the panel:


Asked specifically if Marvel’s Legion is setting up a universe similar to what The CW has done with DC Comics’ The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow as well as Marvel’s own Netflix roster of heroes in The Defenders Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Daredevil and Luke Cage — Loeb, Marvel’s head of TV, said that wasn’t the case:

Legion redefines the genre in a new way. We get asked a lot: ‘Are there too many superhero shows? Have we reached the saturation point?’ We have two responses to that: ‘Do we ask those about cop, medical and legal shows? No.’ Secondly, the other idea is Marvel doesn’t start out from a place [where] a person is defined by their powers. This is about what’s happening to David in that world.”- Jeph Loeb

Check out the synopsis and trailer for the show below:

“Legion” introduces the story of David Haller: Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.”

Are you looking forward to Legion?

Legion premieres Feb 8th on Fx.

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