‘Irredeemable’: Jeymes Samuel, Kemp Powers, Jay-Z Team-Up For Superhero-Turned-Villain Netflix Movie

One can’t blame Netflix for wanting to stay in the Jeymes Samuel business. The British filmmaker delivered one of their buzziest and most-watched films of the year with The Harder They Fall, a fast-paced fictionalized look at real-life iconic Black cowboys. And now the streamer wants Samuel for an even bigger project, an adaptation of BOOM! Studios’ superhero-turned-villain graphic novels, Irredeemable and Incorruptible.

According to THR, Samuel will direct a Netflix film that will combine the stories in Irredeemable and Incorruptible into one. The screenplay will be written by Kemp Powers, who penned Regina King’s fantastic One Night in Miami and co-wrote/co-directed Pixar’s afterlife film Soul.

Jay-Z and James Lassiter will exec-produce as they did Samuel’s The Harder They Fall.

Irredeemable was written by one of my favorite authors, Mark Waid, and centers on the world’s greatest superhero, The Plutonian, who goes down the path of evil. The spinoff follows villain Max Damage, who sets out to become a hero following Plutonian’s turn to the dark side.

Here’s a synopsis: When the Plutonian, the world’s greatest superhero, snaps and turns into the world’s greatest villain, only his former teammates have a chance at stopping his rampage. But while on the run from the world’s most powerful and angry being, will these former teammates discover his secrets in time? How did he come to this? What became of the hope and promise once inside him? What happens to the world when its savior betrays it? What makes a hero irredeemable? An apocalyptic superhero tale by the author of Empire and the multiple Eisner Award-winner Kingdom Come!


Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.