NBC Releases an Unaired 'Powerless' Episode Guest Starring Adam West

Friday, 16 June 2017 - 8:40PM
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Friday, 16 June 2017 - 8:40PM
NBC Releases an Unaired 'Powerless' Episode Guest Starring Adam West
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Following the passing of Adam West, one of pop culture's greatest icons and the actor who portrayed Bruce Wayne/Batman in the iconic 60's television series, fans around the world have been expressing their gratitude for the man's life and his contributions to nerd culture.

Among his final roles was a cameo in the NBC sitcom Powerless that never made it to TV (or as West himself calls it in the episode, a "gratuitous cameo"). While the show was unceremoniously cancelled earlier this year, a completed but unaired episode of the show that guest starred Adam West has been released, in its entirety, for fans to enjoy.



Titled "Win, Luthor, Draw," the episode features West as a bigwig Wayne Enterprises executive who visits the office declaring that Director Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) must fire one of her crew, while possibly offering Van Wayne (Batman's cousin played by Alan Tudyk) a promotion. The episode is available in its entirety on YouTube, although DC's video description suggests it will only be available for a limited time. They also announced that it's also available on DC All Access as a special gift to Adam West's many fans.


It's fairly safe to say that Powerless never quite found its footing before it was pulled from the air. Initially built on a solid premise, the show went through an awkward development phase that involved losing a showrunner and changing direction partway through pre-production. As a result, while the cast for the show was absolutely stellar, those episodes that did air lacked a certain charm, leading to audiences quickly growing distracted by other, more instantly enjoyable shows.

That said, while even this special episode of Powerless is far from perfect, it's likely to go down in history as one of Adam West's final farewells to his fans.

West's portrayal of Batman lives on even after fifty years of newer Dark Knight stories. While modern Batman is a grumpy, brooding, broken man, West gave us a version of the character that was fun and light, that always took himself a little too seriously, and in turn, was absolutely hilarious to watch. In many ways, this was the birth of the kind of Caped Crusader parody that is seen in many modern fan projects, as well as The Lego Batman Movie.

This episode of Powerless won't be the last we see of Adam West - the acclaimed actor actually finished recording the dialogue for an animated movie set in the universe of the 60's television show, Batman vs Two-Face, which will star William Shatner as Harvey Dent. This is perhaps a more fitting capstone to West's career, as he'll reprise the cape and cowl one last time, if only in animated form, to give the jolly, groovy, outlandish curtain call that his most famous role deserves.
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