DC has been no stranger to great television and that is due to the amazing characters they have developed off the pages of comics and onto the small screen. The likes of Oliver Queen, Barry Allen, and more have been lighting up the airwaves, but have you ever stopped to consider the dangers they pose to regular folks? That’s the premise for Powerless debuting on NBC this year. Powerless follows run-of-the-mill human, Emily Locke, as she begins working for a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises (yes, THAT Wayne) that develops specialized products used to make normal people feel a little safer around all the metas flying/running around.
Sounds interesting enough, right? However, the trailer for Powerless just dropped and, well, let’s just say it doesn’t lead with a strong first impression.
Powerless was initially supposed to be about an insurance company against damages caused by superhero fights but now it’s about people who design superpower protection gear for Wayne Security. The change from insurance to ACME lab presumably brings more chances for hilarity. And that Wayne reference? Liken it to Chris Walkens SNL sketch “I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!” but replace Cowbell with Batman.
With great comedy actors like Christina Kirk, Danny Pudi (Community’s Abed), and Alan Tudyk, it was always clear Powerless was going to be a comedy. But, for a show called Powerless, there was a greater potential in treating it as a more serious drama surrounding the feelings of normal people caught in the middle superheroes, their battles and the aftermath that ensues. Instead of that, NBC went for a straight sitcom.
What was/is to be a show themed on how a person doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero, feels more like a sketch written for Jim Henson’s Muppets.
Acme. Re-branded for NBC. That’s a bold strategy. Let’s see if it pays off.
Powerless premiers February 2nd on NBC