‘Rick & Morty’ Co-Creator’s ‘Koala Man’ is the Sh*thouse Superhero We Deserve Right Now

What happens when you take elements from Bruce Wayne and Mick Dundee to create an all-new superhero? You get an icon-in-the-making that the world doesn’t even know it’s been waiting for; one that strikes terror in the hearts of bogans, roided-out kangaroos and diabolical kookaburra-themed villains alike: Koala Man. Plus, if the trailer for Hulu’s new series of the same name – premiering January 9 – is anything to go by, you get laughs served up more generously than under-salted chips down at your local rissole.

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The Koala Man series comes from Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty, Solar Opposites) and Michael Cusack (Smiling Friends, YOLO: Crystal Fantasy) and looks set to combine the former’s out-there sense of interdimensional, alien absurdity with the latter’s authentic sense of all things Australian. And if it’s half as good as the masterpiece that is Cusack’s Ciggy Butt Brain then we’ll be onto a winner.

The voice cast is nothing to throw a schooner at either. Local legends Sarah Snook and Demi Lardner get top billing, backed up by some lesser-known actors like Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and the Paperback Writer himself, Hugh Jackman (his small but devoted following may have seen him dabble in being an X-Man at some point too). A quick glance at the show’s IMDb page reveals that Miranda Otto and Hugo Weaving will also be along for the ride, or part thereof.

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While we wouldn’t like Koala Man’s chances of going up against the aforementioned billionaire with the pointy-eared cowl, we do think his show could wind up as one of the most entertaining slices of Australiana this side of the nation’s dearly departed Neighbours. The trailer also features an intriguing nod to one of the most bizarre chapters in Australian history, the Great Emu War – no, we’re not kidding, it was a real thing.

In addition to Cusack, Koala Man features a number of big-name guest appearances from across Australia and New Zealand, including our very own Wolverine Hugh Jackman as Kevin’s boss Big Greg, alongside Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Hugo Weaving, and Jarrad Wright. Koala Man hits Hulu on January 9. In the meantime, check out the trailer above or via the link below.

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Rob Edwards

Rob Edwards is Man of Many’s Branded Content Writer. Based in Sydney, he's a former editor of Australian T3, Official Nintendo Magazine Australia, and Official Windows Magazine. Rob specialises in consumer technology and lifestyle products.