The Netflix original anime collection is taking the next step in its expansion with the announcement of a new series from Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind the streaming service’s own Castlevania, which we called the greatest videogame adaptation of all time. The new series, Gods & Heroes, will be based on Greek mythology, and is the brainchild of creators Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, the writers of Death Note. According to Slashfilm, the plot revolves around “a young man who learns he is the illegitimate son of Zeus.”
Ah yes, bastard children of Zeus—some classic Greek mythological origin story, right there. The King of the Gods never did seem to tire of his trysts on Earth.
Netflix has ordered eight episodes of Gods & Heroes. Here’s the full synopsis:
Gods & Heroes tells the story of a young man who, cast aside by his people, learns that he is the illegitimate son of Zeus. He alone can save both Heaven and Earth but to do so he must survive the vengeful wrath of a goddess who wants him dead and the monstrous forces of evil she aligns against him.
That lead role will be voiced by Jason O’Mara of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with additional voices from Mamie Gummer, Derek Phillips, Jessica Henwick, Melina Kanakaredes, Chris Diamantopoulos, Elias Toufexis and Claudia Christian. Writer-creators Vlas and Charley Parlapanides said the following in a statement:
“In Gods & Heroes we wanted to tell a wholly original story set in the beloved world of Greek mythology. We are thankful for such an amazing cast and for such great creative partners at Netflix and Powerhouse Animation, who continue to push the envelope and expand the anime genre in a manner we had only dreamed of.”
This actually isn’t the first foray into Greek mythology for the duo, as they wrote Tarsem Singh’s visually ambitious but disjointed 2011 film Immortals. Still, with Powerhouse Animation attached, we can at least be reasonably sure that Gods & Heroes will look beautiful, ‘ala Castlevania. Check out the full poster below as we await more news, including a release date.