Jeph Loeb On How ‘Legion’ Stands Out From Other Comic Book Shows

Legion Stands Out Comic Book ShowsThe X-Men Universe will officially be joining the small screen as of next month with the series premiere of FX’s Legion as Marvel’s David Haller comes to life. At the ongoing Television Critics Association Winter Press today, FX was present where reporters asked the creative team about the upcoming X-Men series. Jeph Loeb, who is the Marvel TV President and one of the executive producers on the show, talked heavily about how viewers should go into the show thinking this is like The Defenders and more as something unique from Marvel.

“Noah [Hawley, executive producer and show-runner] came in and asked about mental health and exploring the perception of people. [These are] stories of people in the real world. We don’t know that anyone is going to come to this show because they like The Defenders. We think they’ll come because of Noah, the cast and FX merged together for a kind of show Marvel has never done before.”

Loeb also spoke about what sets a character like David apart from other super-powered people in the superhero genre. In addition to that, he went into the topic of people who think that there are too many superhero and comic book shows.

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.”

“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.”

FX’s Legion, starring Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton and Bill Irwin, premieres on Wednesday, February 8 at 10 PM.

The series is being executive produced by Fargo’s Noah Hawley and James Cameron, along with X-Men film producers Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, X-Men director Bryan Singer, Marvel TV President Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.

Are you excited for X-Men to invade television? What are you looking forward to the most in Legion? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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