Y: The Last Man showrunner Eliza Clark explains why adapting the comic’s colony of formerly incarcerated women is so impactful in 2021.
Y: The Last Man showrunner Eliza Clark recently opened up about why showcasing a colony of formerly incarcerated women in the series feels so relevant in 2021.
“I mean, I see the show as an opportunity to talk about identity and one of the things I love about the book is that it’s about, you know, it’s told from the perspective of these characters as they change drastically over time,” Clark shared during the show’s New York Comic Con panel attended by CBR. “And you know, the book takes the idea of like, ‘If women ran the world, there’d be peace,’ and says like, ‘No, women are people and people are flawed.'”
Clark added that, in addition to deciding to showcase more evolved conversations about gender than the comics, it was her goal with the series to further explore “how systems of oppression, like white supremacy, patriarchy or capitalism, all kind of conspired to inform identity.” She continued, “And so yeah, I mean, talking about prison abolition, through the lens of these women… that works together? It’s exciting. It’s fun to get to talk about those things through characters.”
In Cycles, the second major story arc of the original Y: The Last Man comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Yorick Brown and company happen upon an oddly idyllic town in rural Ohio following the plague that killed every person on Earth with a Y chromosome. As it turns out, it’s a prison town — and the women who now inhabit it are all escaped convicts.
Clark’s latest comments about making sure the series felt relevant to 2021 echo sentiments she shared about updating the original comics back in September. “I think the opportunity to turn it into a series is to be able to use the world and the ideas and the characters that Brian and Pia put out there and then just get to spend more time with them, or get deeper into them, or learn more about why they ended up where they were,” the showrunner said at the time. “I think one of the biggest things that was important to me that was also important to Brian and Pia in the adaptation was updating the material to include the gender diversity of the world we live in and making it clear early and often that Yorick is not the last man, that plenty of men survived, and the thing that makes him special is his Y chromosome and not his maleness.”
While Y: The Last Man was recently canceled by FX on Hulu after just one season, it’s since been confirmed that the cancellation wasn’t necessarily due to audience numbers, but contract extensions. The show is already being shopped to other networks and could potentially be picked up by HBO Max for Season 2.
The Season 1 finale of Y: The Last Man airs Monday, Nov. 1 on FX on Hulu.
Source: New York Comic Con 2021
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