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Brian Michael Bendis developing 'Legion of Super-Heroes' adult animated series for HBO Max

The co-creator of Miles Morales and Naomi McDuffie is once again headed for the world of animated television.

By Josh Weiss
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Brian Michael Bendis — the celebrated comic book writer and Eisner-winning co-creator of fan favorite characters like Miles Morales and Naomi McDuffie — is once again headed for the world of animated television with a Legion of Super-Heroes adaptation currently in the works at HBO Max.

The project, which was reportedly announced by Bendis himself in his regular newsletter (via Bleeding Cool), is officially being described as "an adult animated show." Bendis explained that he landed the gig after the WarnerMedia-owned streaming service had already tapped him to adapt his and David Mack's Cover series for the small screen.

"So, miracle of miracles, HBO then asked what else I would want to do and if there's any DC properties I thought would make an interesting show," he wrote. I may have yelled the word LEGION louder than you want to in a normal adult person business meeting. So yeah, the headline today is… HBO Max has put me to work on a LEGION OF SUPERHEROES TV SHOW ... Can you tell I am jumping up and down about this? I've been working on it for a while and last week I was sent to the next phase."

While the show is still in the early stages of development, Bendis did reveal that it will be based on his Legion of Super-Heroes run with artist Ryan Sook. The comic is set in the 31st century, where a fresh team of new heroes have pledged to learn from the mistakes of the past by looking at those who came before them.

"And just like that series, on sale now, it will harken back to so many classics while at the same time doing what Legion does: pushing all the ideas of superheroes forward in every direction," Bendis teased in the newsletter. "I think Legion of Super-Heroes is among the greatest franchises in the history of comics and I'm as honored to be curating them as I was Spider-Man. So yes, Naomi, the show I helped create, is being made [by] others and I'M making [a] Legion of Super-Heroes show. Hollywood! So for those who don't know, animation takes a loooong time so you may not hear anything about this for a while as I'm just getting to work on it over the break."

Created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, the Legion of Super-Heroes first made their debut in 1958's Adventure Comics #247. One of the team's most notable members is Jonathan Kent, aka Superboy (the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane), though Bendis and Sook's run frames Jonathan's induction into the Legion as a point of controversy among the United Planets.