Gerard Way on ‘The Umbrella Academy,’ My Chemical Romance … and Liza Minnelli | Modern Society of USA

Gerard Way on ‘The Umbrella Academy,’ My Chemical Romance … and Liza Minnelli

Gerard Way on ‘The Umbrella Academy,’ My Chemical Romance … and Liza Minnelli

The adopted siblings of “The Umbrella Academy,” which debuts Friday on Netflix, are not your typical superheroes.

They have offbeat superpowers — the Rumor can cause things to happen just by saying them aloud — and they were raised by an emotionally distant father, an android mother and a kind, talking chimpanzee.

Most of this is revealed in flashbacks: The series picks up when the team, which fractured under the weight of its crime-fighting responsibilities, reunites after the mysterious death of its adoptive father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore). Across 10 episodes, viewers learn whether the family members can sufficiently get past their shared baggage in order to prevent an apocalypse foreseen by their time-traveling brother.

[Read our critic’s review of “The Umbrella Academy”]

Readers of the comic book, written by Gerard Way and drawn by Gabriel Bá, may feel they have a head start, but this is only somewhat true. The Netflix series, the cast of which includes Tom Hopper, Ellen Page and Robert Sheehan as members of the gifted but quarrelsome clan, will include moments not yet covered in the comic, which began in 2007. (It won an Eisner award in 2008 for best finite series.)

The TV family is much more diverse than in the comic. Did you have an influence on that?

I did, and the greatest change is that the casting was so much more inclusive and diverse than the source material. I thought that was a massive improvement. It was something we all talked about really early on. We have this really great opportunity because these kids are adopted from all over the world, and they could really be from anywhere.

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