Children, behave. That’s what they say when the children adopted by a billionaire reunite for a funeral.
What makes these young adults special is that they each have unique superpowers. The only problem is they are all screwed up.
The Umbrella Academy is based on the comic book series created and written by Gerard Way. It starts with the births of 43 infants on the same day in 1989 to women who were not pregnant just the day before.
Seven of the babies were adopted by a billionaire who creates The Umbrella Academy, training the youngsters to right the wrongs in the world. However, his method is just too eccentric and they end up as dysfunctional grown-ups who are constantly squabbling among themselves.
The series sees the siblings trying to stop an impending apocalypse while solving the mystery surrounding the death of their father.
The 10-episode show stars Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Tom Hopper, David Castaneda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Aidan Gallagher, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe and Kate Walsh.
At an event in Singapore last month, Sheehan (who’s currently seen in the film Mortal Engines) explained why the characters are dysfunctional: “We were coaxed into being superheroes instead of nourished as a child.”
The 30-year-old Irish actor added on his character: “When Klaus was young, his father put him in a mausoleum for three days because my character could speak to the dead. That has traumatised him, and … unfit for the superhero job.
“Klaus has a power, but it’s more like a disability. His journey is coming to terms with this ability.”