A television series based on Y: The last man, the award-winning Vertigo comic book series about a gender-specific apocalypse, has always seemed inevitable, but since the comic book series ended in 2008, plans for a live-action adaptation have lingered in developmental hell. apparent. That all changes next month, when a TV series finally launches on Hulu. The news arrived in the form of a trailer that shows the stars of the series while also explaining its particular take on a disease crushing society.
The original comics, written by the elder Lost writer / producer Brian K. Vaughan (also involved in beloved comic book series like Saga and Paper girls), revolved around the simultaneous death of everything on Earth with a Y chromosome, humans and animals. Thursday’s new trailer recaps the same premise, focusing on the President of the United States succumbing to a bloody collapse, apparently followed by every other man on the planet … except one.
This man, Yorick Brown (played by Ben Schnetzer), begins to make his way through the decimated United States, and this TV version matches the comics by including his pet monkey named Ampersand (who also has a Y chromosome) . Meanwhile, her mother, Senator Jennifer Brown (played by Diane Lane), apparently takes control as President of the United States. It’s a twist on the original comics, which had Yorick’s mother in Congress but not necessarily promoted to the top of the pecking order.
The rest of the first trailer requires a read between the lines based on what we know from the original comics. The easiest connection to make comes from the character of Agent 355 (played by Ashley Romans), a member of an underground U.S. military group tasked with protecting Yorick, and we see 355 kick ass and activate explosives in Yorick’s name. . We also see a hint of rival factions among the surviving women, though the trailer doesn’t say if this is a one-on-one match for the apocalyptic Girls of the Amazon. There are also brief flashes of characters from the original series like Dr. Allison Mann (played by Diana Bang) and Yorick’s sister Hero Brown (played by Olivia Thirlby).
A possible live view Y: The last man rebounded for over a decade; developments included a feature film that never went into production, a 2018 TV pilot that was scrapped, a change of showrunners, and a redesign of Yorick’s lead role. It’s unclear whether her exclusive home on Hulu will be a boon to the series, although we hope the plot focus on a predominantly female cast (and FX’s insistence that the entire first season be led by women) will offer a breath of fresh air broadcast on television screens from September 13.
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