Powerless to mine 'entire canon' of DC Comics, new trailer does just that

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May 3, 2017, 2:53 PM EDT (Updated)

The DC universe is looking to get a whole lot funnier next month with the debut of NBC’s Powerless, and now we have the scoop on everything from why the story was retooled to where it fits in the multiverse.

Executive producer Patrick Schumacker told TV Line that the series is set within its own universe, nicknamed Earth-P, which is separate from the Arrowverse and DCEU. Though Schumacker said they'll be able to mine a whole lot of the DC canon, he noted there's a lot of "red tape" when dealing with elements from the Arrowverse and character that are in heavy use elsewhere.

He also talked about why the show was retooled from its original premise of following the staff of an insurance company to now focusing on a security company. The new-look Powerless definitely has a Better Off Ted vibe, and that's not a bad thing. Here's an excerpt from his comments:

"We're going to pull from the entire canon of the comics. We want to show as much of the breadth of the DC universe as possible. You're going to see characters you're familiar with if you are a big, hardcore comic book fan … [We] landed on security products, because we still wanted to do the idea that they're working on stuff that makes everybody a little bit safer … After we had hit the security angle, we sat down with NBC, and they were the ones that suggested R&D. We loved it. It immediately generated stories."

Powerless premieres Thursday, Feb. 2, on NBC. Check out a new trailer below and let us know what you think.

(Via TV Line)