With the second season of Netflix's The Umbrella Academy recently exploding onto screens everywhere, the creatives behind the show are pondering where to go next. Well, one idea that has been posited is a spinoff centered on Robert Sheehan's character, Klaus, an idea that Sheehan himself is more than happy to get behind.
"I've loved this whole experience. And getting to play Klaus, it doesn't feel like coming to work, really. It's really fun, and it's about accessing that sort of trickster god energy. It's quite a natural innocence. It's a great source of creativity. And to get to do more of that? Absolute-bots."
Gifted with the ability to communicate with the dead and raise them as ghosts, Klaus has become an addict in an attempt to curb the undead voices in his head. Thanks to the darkly tragic nature of his superpower set, as well as Sheehan's dedicated performance, Klaus quickly emerged as a fan-favorite member of The Umbrella Academy. Despite the character's struggles, Klaus is often able to bring some much-needed clarity to proceedings.
Sheehan even mentioned some ideas he'd had for a Klaus spinoff, suggesting that the show could focus on his character and his ape-bodied brother Luther, played by Tom Hopper.
Netflix Showrunner Steve Blackman also had a few things to say about potential spinoffs. "I think Klaus and Ben (Justin H. Min), or Klaus and Diego (David Castañeda) - Any of those, to me, would be wonderful spin-offs," he said. "I think you could do a limited series with them for four or six episodes, and it would be great. I think even Robert could do his own little thing about Klaus. Look, you never want to overdo something. But if there's an appetite for it, I mean, I think the actors would be up for it, and we would all be up for it. Because we all love working together."
Based on the comic book series created and written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, the second season of The Umbrella Academy was recently released on Netflix. Following the dysfunctional super-powered family immediately after the end of the first series, our mixed-up heroes have been thrown through time and must do what they can to prevent the incoming apocalypse.
The official synopsis for the second season reads: "Five warned his family (so, so many times) that using his powers to escape from Vanya's 2019 apocalypse was risky. Well, he was right - the time jump scatters the siblings in time in and around Dallas, Texas. Over a three-year period. Starting in 1960. Some, having been stuck in the past for years, have built lives and moved on, certain they're the only ones who survived. Five is the last to land, smack dab in the middle of a nuclear doomsday, which - spoiler alert! - turns out is a result of the group's disruption of the timeline (déjà vu, anyone?). Now the Umbrella Academy must find a way to reunite, figure out what caused doomsday, put a stop to it, and return to the present timeline to stop that other apocalypse. All while being hunted by a trio of ruthless Swedish assassins. But seriously, no pressure or anything."
If the stars of the show get their way, this will be far from the last we have seen from The Umbrella Academy, with Sheehan recently discussing a possible third season. "I'd love to do one. I'm always hatching pipe dreams and sending emails to Steve, and that's the fun of it," he said. The Umbrella Academy season two is on Netflix now. This comes to us from Digital Spy.