NBC Lands DC Comics Half-Hour Workplace Comedy ‘Powerless’

     August 14, 2015


DC Entertainment already has Arrow, Gotham and The Flash going strong and will continue bringing superpowered individuals to the small screen with Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, but the company is also looking to shake things up a bit with a new project called Powerless.

According to Deadline, NBC just scored the half-hour single-camera comedy from Warner Bros. TV and creator Ben Queen in “a competitive situation” with the network making a pilot production commitment. Powerless is a workplace comedy about normal people – think The Office – but it’s set in the world of superheroes and villains. No word on which DC characters will make appearances but according to Deadline’s source, the show probably will not include heavy-hitters like Batman and Superman. Instead, it will focus on “power-less” individuals working at one of the worst insurance companies in the country who can get a bit jealous of the heroes making headlines.

I never caught A to Z so can’t comment on Queen’s ability, but it is nice to see DC Entertainment going in such a different direction. Arrow and The Flash are fun and all, but perhaps this is the way to expand the brand’s presence in the TV realm without running the risk of it growing tiresome. Plus, how genius is the idea to set the show at an insurance company? No matter how wrapped up I get in the spectacle and action, a little part of me always wonders, what happens to the poor folks who need to file insurance claims when superhero vs. villain battles result in mass death and destruction?


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