DC Comics Office-Style Comedy "Powerless" Ordered to Series at NBC

Thursday, 12 May 2016 - 10:05AM
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Powerless
Thursday, 12 May 2016 - 10:05AM
DC Comics Office-Style Comedy "Powerless" Ordered to Series at NBC
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Sitcoms are one of the last frontiers of the superhero genre at this point, but not for much longer, as NBC has just ordered Powerless, the Office-style workplace comedy set in the DC Universe, to series.

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The show stars Vanessa Hudgens as an intrepid young insurance agent who tries to navigate her normal life (and presumably insure tall buildings that get knocked down) in a world with superpowered people who wreck everything. Powerless comes from A to Z creator Ben Queen, and also stars Firefly's Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi, and Christina Kirk as her "lovably quirky co-workers."

Here's the official synopsis for the series:

Opening quote
In the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, Vanessa Hudgens ("Grease Live," "High School Musical") plays Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. It's when she stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures (after an epic battle messes with her commute) that she accidentally becomes a cult "hero" in her own right … even if it's 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. The cast includes Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk.
Closing quote


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The idea of what a comics universe would be like for a civilian is a potentially hilarious one, and one that's lurking in the background of all of these massively destructive superhero movies. And like the notion of collateral damage, which was explored in both Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War, the idea of normal people cleaning up after superheroes is the next trend, since ABC is working on Marvel's Damage Control.

It's unclear exactly how much connection this show will have to the DC universe, but we know for a fact that minor DC heroes will show up (and we can guess that major heroes probably won't). A promotional image and set photos revealed that the first hero we'll see is Crimson Fox, who possesses superhuman speed and agility, as well as the ability to emit large amounts of pheromones:

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Powerless will air on NBC, presumably in the 2016-2017 television season.
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