"[It's nice ] to get to know Gerard as who he is as person more than a guy who has created the comic books"
When you're adapting one artform into another, the initial vision may be completely different to the one that is presented by someone else.
In the case of The Umbrella Academy, changing that from Gerard Way's comic book vision into a full TV series was going to come with it's challenges.
Though in our recent Video Call, Tom Hopper, who plays Luther, explained how important it was to him to make sure he was doing the character justice:
"I remember after reading the comics, it was very important for me that whatever it was that Gerard saw in these characters going into the TV show, it respected his initial vision.
So it was important for me to talk to him about the ways that I was going or the way that I saw it was the same way that he saw it. Fortunately it was and I think he’s been really pleased with everyone’s version of the characters that he came up with in the first place.
I’ve chatted to Gerard since a couple of times more about other things. That’s the weird thing. When you’re immersed in the show you want to talk about other things other than the show. Which is actually really nice to get to know Gerard as who he is as person more than a guy who has created the comic books."
You can catch up with the full chat, featuring Robert Sheehan too, below:
And here's the opening scene from Season Two, which is released tomorrow (July 31):