It is the next level. TV is full of straight-faced comic book adaptations with all the costumes, villains, weird science and other trappings of the art-form, and it was only a matter of time before someone decided to send it all up. The first move went to Warner Bros. and NBC who announced earlier this year the development of Powerless, a half-hour comedy series about an insurance company trying to cope with the logistics of living in a superhero world. It’s an intriguing idea, and a screening of the pilot got some promising returns from the fans at San Diego Comic Con, but are there now some sinister machinations afoot?
According to Deadline, Powerless showrunner Ben Queen has parted ways from the show. Now that might not be as bad as it sounds, because the news was broke in a joint statement from Queen, NBC, and Warners, so it definitely sounds like a mutual thing. Queen’s current development deal with Warners remains intact, and Powerless should debut at midseason as planned without too much fuss. On the downside, the start of production on Powerless, which was supposed to begin in a few weeks, will be delayed until a new showrunner can be found and get situated. It should be noted that this isn’t the first comedy showrunner departure of the season, Eli Jorne quit Fox’s live-action/animated hybrid Son of Zorn back in April.
Powerless stars Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk and Christina Kirk as employees at an insurance company that helps regular folk recover losses as a result of superhero battles. The series starts with Hudgens’ Emily becoming a viral sensation for chewing out a superhero after one of his clashes grinds her morning commute to a halt. The series will debut sometime at midseason on NBC.
Source: Comic Book Movie