PlayStation Network: The multimedia service offered on Sony‘s PlayStation game consoles is set to release its first original series, an adaptation of the comic book series Powers published by Image and written by Ultimate Spider-Man scribe Brian Michael Bendis, who will also executive produce the show.
Powers follows the adventures of a pair of “normal” cops fighting crime in a world where superheroes and villains are very real, and public knowledge. The series will star South African actor Sharlto Copley of District 9, and The Following‘s Susan Heyward, and it’s being produced by Charlie Huston. Director David Slade–known best for directing 30 Days of Night, and several episodes of NBC‘s Hannibal–will helm the first two episodes. More after the jump:
The starring duo will portray police officers Christian Walker (whom I REALLY hope was given that name self-consciously: That’s gotta be the hokeyest protagonist handle in the history of fiction) and Deena Pilgrim. Walker is an ex-superhero with no real police training. Pilgrim is a talented and insightful rookie, but totally green to the world of superpowered crimefighting and criminals.
Here’s how executive producer Charlie Huston describes his new show over at GeekTyrant:
It’s such a clever concept to try and imagine a real world where you actually have to deal with powers and how they impact society, and to do that through the lens of a cop drama.
I agree, it IS clever–even allowing for the fact that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did essentially the same thing last year (okay, they’re closer to feds than cops–but otherwise it’s the same idea), and Gotham will be exploring similar concepts starting next week.
Not that I’m accusing Powers of plagiarism: The comic series its based on started back in 2000, and it was first developed as a tv series by FX in 2011. Their version would have starred Jason Patric and Lucy Punch, and would have preceded S.H.I.E.L.D and Gotham by at least a year or two had all gone to plan. Unfortunately, the production collapsed after years of retooling, and when Fox gave up, Sony was happy to take the series off their hands.
Powers is currently 4 weeks into production in Atlanta, GA–but no release date has been announced as of yet.
Source: USA Today