Superhero fatigue is coming to HBO! The network has ordered a brand new series called The Franchise, which is meant to take a satirical look at the process of making the superhero films Marvel & DC are famous for.
Superhero films are bigger and more controversial than ever. Marvel, DC, and even companies like Sony and Amazon pump hundreds of millions into making the next blockbuster hit. HBO seems to be striking off in a new direction, greenlighting a new satire series called The Franchise which is meant to mock the process of a failing superhero cinematic universe.
The official description can be read below:
“The crew of an unloved franchise movie fight for their place in a savage and unruly cinematic universe. The Franchise shines a light on the secret chaos inside the world of superhero moviemaking, to ask the question — how exactly does the cinematic sausage get made? Because every fuck-up has an origin story.”
The Franchise likely comes as a breath of fresh air from the dozens of superhero properties that seem to take themselves too seriously. HBO also seems to be breaking from the pack who claim that “bad movies” are simply at fault for Marvel and DC’s recent failures, instead taking aim at the studio structure that turns the superhero romps into pure chaos.
The series was birthed from the minds of Sam Mendes and Armando Iannucci, with Veep and Succession showrunner Jon Brown helming the project. Himesh Patel and Aya Cash are set to star in the series along with with Jessica Hynes, Billy Magnussen, Lolly Adefope, Darren Goldstein, Isaac Powell, Richard E. Grant and Marvel alum Daniel Brühl.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter