Netflix’s ‘Umbrella Academy’ creator on how he used the show’s budget ‘more effectively’ in season 2 and his plans for future seasons

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Netflix’s “Umbrella Academy” showrunner Steve Blackman talked with Business Insider about how season two used the show’s budget “more effectively.”
Blackman teased plans for future seasons and said he already knows what season three would be about if Netflix renews it.
He also discussed the deviations from the comic book source material by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá.
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Warning: This post contains spoilers for “The Umbrella Academy” season two

When Netflix’s comic-book series “The Umbrella Academy” debuted last year, it was an instant hit.

Netflix said that the show, based on the Dark Horse comic of the same name by writer Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá, was watched by 45 million member households in its first month of release, making it one of its most popular shows ever.

So expectations are high for season two, which debuted on the streaming giant on Friday. But showrunner Steve Blackman said that the show’s popularity didn’t change his plans for the second season. He always knew that he wanted it to be bigger in scope.

“The goal was always to step it up a little more but without losing what makes our show entertaining,” Blackman told Business Insider.

Critics are already loving the season, which has a 92% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. With the show’s popularity, it would be surprising if Netflix didn’t renew it for a third season — and Blackman already knows what it would be about.

In his interview with Business Insider, Blackman teased future plans and talked about how season two deviates from the comic book.

Read the full interview below:

This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

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Travis Clark: The scope of this season feels bigger. After the popularity of the first season, did anything change from your initial plans for season two?

Steve Blackman: I had a pretty good sense of what season two was as I was finishing season one before we had even gotten picked up [for a second season]. I wanted the storytelling to feel bigger in season two and we stepped it up with the VFX and honed our craft a little more with that. And I think we told bigger, more rounded stories. We dealt with bigger issues this year, like what it would be like to be a person of color in the South [in 1960s America] and homophobia in that time period.

So the goal was always to step it up a little more but without losing what makes our show entertaining as this wonderful show about family dysfunction.

Clark: You mentioned that you stepped it up with VFX … did Netflix throw more money at you after the first season was so popular?

Blackman: [laughs] I think there was a bit of an increase but we used our money more effectively. In the first season we were testing things out and trying different things, but once we got the rhythm of the show, in season two we were more effective in how we did things.

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