Superheroes make money. That’s the prevailing truth in Hollywood these days. In fact, you might even say movie executives are like alchemists who have finally found the formula for gold: superheroes + anything = you now have all the monies. But what happens when the formula is Superheroes + Sitcom? Powerless, enter stage left, officially picked up by NBC.
Set in the DC comic book world, Powerless follows a crack team of heroes, but not the super kind. Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Danny Pudi (Community) Alan Tudyk (Firefly) and Christina Kirk (A to Z) star as insurance specialists in the field of superhero fight damage. Confused? Imagine the Flash has just had a big fight with arch-enemy Zoom in a public street. Shops have been destroyed, cars turned over and civilians injured. Who sorts out all the insurance claims?
Powerless has been in the pipeline for a while now, but this week it earned an official pickup. That means come September it’ll be airing on NBC weekly, competing against the likes of New Girl and The Big Bang Theory.
NBC’s official release reads: “In the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, Vanessa Hudgens … plays Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes.”
We’re not sure what the whole “spunky” thing is about, but the network is careful to note that the series takes place in the world of “DC Comics”. Can we assume this distinction is to separate Powerless from the world of Batman V Superman and the DC movie universe?
Anyway, expect a trailer in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, no word yet from Marvel on their similar sitcom project Damage Control.
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