Some revealing new details have emerged to further flesh out the finer points of NBC's new "The Office With Superheroes" comedy series, Powerless. At this week's Television Critics Association press tour, IGN cornered NBC executive Jennifer Salke, who explained much more about the pilot being developed by the peacock network and emphasized the idea that this new fantasy office comedy has limitless options as to which DC Comics universe characters it decides to showcase, cameo or namedrop.
“Powerless is [from] Ben Queen, a writer we love who I'd worked with for many years,” Salke noted. “DC came in with a pitch and they're very committed to... This is a world where superheroes are not only just on green screen out the window of this insurance office, but they're also running into you on the street and wreaking havoc. The idea isn't that it's the creme de la creme of the superheroes. It's a world where there's a whole population of superheroes with all sorts of all challenges themselves. So you're seeing quite a range of characters in that realm in addition to our great, kind of grounded human ensemble.”
When pressed on the question of exactly who the spotlighted superhero might be, Salke offered up this:
"Oh yeah, they’ve namedropped everyone. I don’t think they’ve said anyone’s off limits. Just creatively, what I’ve seen so far of the pilot, the main superhero that’s featured is not one of those [Batman or Superman-type heroes], but it’s someone recognizable. You're definitely hearing about them about them because they exist in the world. It's a question of speaking parts and it's a wide range of superheroes.”
An extraordinarily average crew of insurance agents dealing with mundane mop-up duties after calamitous rounds of superhero chaos sounds promising, but it all depends on the execution. Michael Patrick Jann (The State, Reno 911: Miami) is attached to direct the pilot, but no casting announcements have been released yet.
Who would you feature as the main caped crimefighter in Powerless, and are you intrigued by the concept?
(Via Den of Geek)