NBC hasn’t had much luck with genre shows in general over the years, though there have been bright spots. Their foray into Constantine last fall largely worked once it got its groove going but the rating couldn’t support it, so the DC Comics based show ended.
Now NBC is going to try it again but they’re going with a very different angle. This time they’re going for something called Powerless, a half hour single-camera comedy that’s supposed to make you think of The Office. The show is being put together for a pilot by A to Z creator Ben Queen with Warner Bros. TV.
“Powerless is a workplace comedy set at one of the worst insurance companies in America — with the twist being that it also takes place in the universe of DC Comics. The show is about the reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains.”
According to the report, it’s not been determined whether it will actually feature any characters from the comics in the show (and presumably it’s within its own self contained universe, so don’t expect crossovers), but the potential for some fun is there – if you’re in the know. Granted, some of the biggest brands in entertainment around the world focuses on Batman and Superman and having a piece of that pie with a new film coming out next year for the two certainly makes a lot of sense.
Material like this has been done in the comics for years and years with both Marvel and DC Comics doing it, having fun poking fun at themselves and what happens in the world, though you can also see plenty of workplace elements taking a strong nod here that will humanize it more and add some good layers to it.
[Source: Deadline ]