At long last, Invincible is almost here.
Amazon announced Friday the long-in-the-works animated series based on the comic by Robert Kirkman and artist Corey Walker (though Ryan Ottley illustrated the series) will debut March 26th on Prime Video. As with the second season of The Boys last year, the program will debut with three episodes and switch to releasing one episode a week through April 30th. The program stars Steven Yuen as Mark Grayson, the son of renowned hero Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons) and successful novelist Deborah Grayson. On his 17th birthday, he begins to develop powers inherited from his alien father. Omni-man begins to train Mark in what the platform calls a “suspenseful, action-filled, and emotion-packed” series that “builds upon poignant and heartwarming moments of love, friendship, and humanity.” The first season will consist of eight hour-long episodes. According to Kirkman, the show will follow the comic fairly closely. Although, he admitted some things will be remixed or re-emphasized. Nevertheless, he said, “the things you want to be there will be there.”
It will also maintain the level of violence from the comics. “We’re not holding back on the violence. If anything, it’s a little more intense. It’s moving … and a little more gruesome. It’s important to the story,” Kirkman said a while back. The violence is juxtaposed with the family drama and, to him, needs to have an element of “realism” — even in a world of costumed superheroes.
One difference from the comics, though, will be a revamp of character designs from Walker, who also worked on the animated series.
Beyond Yuen and Simmons, the series also features the voices of Sandra Oh, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, Walton Goggins, Jason Mantzoukas, Mae Whitman, Chris Diamantopoulos, Melise, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey Griffin, Max Burkholder, Andrew Rannells , Micheal Dorn and more. “This is a very intense character drama,” Kirkman said. “And they’re bringing their A-game.”
Invincible premieres March 26th on Amazon.