The clihéd stereotypes about superheroes on screen, which were mostly established by the 1960’s Batman series and the Superman movies of the 1970s and 80s, are still often lampooned, but seldom actually used. The 2019 Warner Bros. film Shazam! was pretty wholesome, and both Spider-Man and Captain America have certainly had their moments, but for the most part, the genre has moved away from its roots. From the wisecracking Tony Stark to the brooding Dark Knight to the Netflix Defenders, we’ve gone decidedly darker and more layered than the stereotype should allow. This was a natural progression, and then in 2016, they gave Deadpool his own movie, and suddenly, the whole genre seemed to shift a bit.
So last week we told you about a totally badass British show called Misfits. And obviously when I say we, I mean guest writer Patrick Hermesmeyer. And upon his suggestion, I sought out and watched both existing seasons and the Christmas special (Totaling 13 episodes in all), and I have to be honest: Never have I so quickly fallen in love with a show.
Now, just as I get attached to the show, I start surfing the web to find out that Robert Sheehan is leaving the show. Sheehan plays my favorite character on the show – Nathan, the motormouth a-hole who is often at the center of the show’s most comedic moments…
This comes from an April 11th Article over at Den of Geek:
It was revealed last night amongst the many stories emerging from Kapow! Comic Con in London that Robert Sheehan will be leaving the BAFTA-winning Misfits. The news was confirmed by the show’s producer, Petra Fried, who said that the character Nathan would not be returning for series three. Arguably the show’s most popular character, Nathan is to make his exit via an online short that will also introduce new character, Rudy.
Now, as mentioned above, it’s unclear how this will affect the future of the show, but Misfits will move forward and we’ll just have to see how Nathan’s replacement – Rudy – will work out. I hope they don’t try to make him like Nathan, as a copy of the character would only mark failure and likely alienate fans.
Once the ‘Online Farewell’ episode airs we’ll be sure to let everyone know. No release date has been announced thus far…
This story revolves around a young set of delinquents serving community service, who find themselves in the midst of a freak lightning/Hail storm. Once struck by lightning the group’s probation officer goes insane with rage and attempts to kill them all. But in the midst of all this chaos they discover that they have developed superhuman abilities and kill their probation officer. Drama quickly ensues as each learns to cope with their abilities.
As cliché as the story arc is, the delectable palette of characters are what makes the series phenomenal. More notable characters such as Nathan Young (Robert Sheehan), an outspoken prick that puts Corey Feldman’s character ‘Mouth’ to shame, and Simon Bellamy (Iwan Rheon) who plays a socially crippled loner, make this dark comedy exactly what it is, genius.
And when it comes to Dark Comedy, Misfits delivers! Creator/Writer Howard Overman leaves nothing sacred, as the cast engages in everything from drug use to granny sex in a South Park style of comedy.
There are currently 2 seasons of Misfits, the first of which is on available on Hulu, whilst the ‘Second Season/Christmas Special’ are currently streaming on various websites. There has been confirmed filming of the third season, consisting of the original cast minus Robert Sheehan, who is pursuing other career opportunities, and looks very promising.