Earlier this year NBC picked up the DC Comics-based sitcom, Powerless, which is set to land on TV screens this autumn.
What is Powerless?
Powerless is a DC Comics creation, which centres around a team of insurance adjusters, tasked with cleaning up the aftermath of superheroes and villains. The TV show features both Firefly’s Alan Tudyk, and High School Musical star, Vanessa Hudgens. It is set to centre on Hudgens character Emily, and exists within the current incarnation of the DC Universe.
Powerless official plot
When Emily stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures, she accidentally becomes a cult hero in her own right – even if it is just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers. Now, while she navigates her normal everyday life, against an explosive backdrop, Emily might just discover that being a hero doesn’t always require superpowers.
What else do we need to know about Powerless?
Earlier this year, NBC executives Robert Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke discussed Powerless, explaining that it takes place within the realms of the current DC Universe, and will not only feature focal characters who disciss and live within the world of DC heroes and villains, but that the main hero in the pilot will also be an easily recognisable one.
While DC Comics’ Crimson Fox has been spotted on set, and will be featured within the duration of the series, it remains to be seen whether or not bigger heroes, such as Batman or Superman also exist within this version of the DC Universe. Salke admits that she doesn’t think that anyone is off limits, ‘they’ve name dropped everyone’ – which is exciting, although potentially impossible to execute, given the confusing cross overs between the cinematic version of DC’s heroes and villains, and TV’s characters, such as The Flash who appears in each and is two different characters.
For example, if Supergirl was to appear in the series – which it kind of looks like she will, based on the main promo image for Powerless, it would mean that if The Flash was to appear, it would have to be the incarnation from the TV show, given the recent cross over. This would then mean that if Batman and Superman appear in any episodes, that would blur the lines between which particular version of the DC Universe is featuring as the main backdrop to the sitcom.
That could potentially cause a lot of problems for NBC and indeed, Powerless itself – and I’m almost certain that DC won’t have thought this through, which only further fuels my disdain for the New 52 movies.
Some fans have reacted negatively to it given that it is a little too reminiscent of Marvel’s Damage Control , although, while it was alleged to have been picked up by ABC in 2015, it seems that NBC have beaten their rivals to the post with Powerless.
I think a situational comedy would be a great direction for DC Comics to go in, and given their overwhelmingly successful streak within the realms of television with Supergirl and The Flash, as well as Green Arrow and indeed, Gotham, I can’t see any reason why this wouldn’t be a great addition to the television canon – although it still does remain to be seen how they will deal with the blurred lines they’ve created in both TV and cinema.
What do you think of Powerless? Let me know in the comments!