So, you’re watching The Umbrella Academy on Netflix, and you’re totally engrossed in the story, right? Maybe you’re even wishing it would continue after the season three finale? Well, here are some facts that you probably didn’t know about the show.
1. The show is based on a comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, both of whom served as executive producers on the show. Don’t know who Gerard Way is? He’s the lead singer in the band My Chemical Romance.
2. The comic characters and the show characters are wildly different. Did you know in the comics, Diego can hold his breath underwater for long periods of time? Or that Allison’s powers were also meant to bend reality? So, why weren’t these powers ever explored on the show? According to the creators, it would take away from the humanity of the characters.
3. In season 1, Mary J. Blige did her own stunts. The 48-year-old actress took martial arts lessons and trained for months to give us a real action sequence.
4. My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way also created the music for the series! One of the show’s most notable songs from season 2, “Here Comes The End” was, you guessed it, written from the same mind that birthed the comic and the show! How cool is that?!
5. The cast is usually the last to know about major plot points. The cast was not told about the plot of the show before the first filming initially began. According to Elliott Page, the cast had no idea how Season 2 would end until they watched the show themselves.
6. Season 2’s Dallas scenes were actually filmed in Canada. As realistic as the scenes were portrayed, the grit of the South was completely shot in Northern Ontario.
7. Because of his age, Adrian Gallagher was never allowed to be in the building when gun scenes were underway thanks to child labor laws.
8. The choreography from Season 3’s iconic “Footloose” scene was learned over Zoom calls. Due to the pandemic, many rehearsals, including the dance number, was learned virtually.
9. If there is a Season 4, it’s expected to be released in 2024, as every season takes about 18 months to film.
Overall, The Umbrella Academy offers a solid superhero story with a cast of endearingly dysfunctional characters. If you’re looking for an offbeat superhero story or are curious about the Netflix show after reading this list of fun facts, give the show a try.