NBC’s Powerless to Namedrop All the DC Superheroes


NBC the same network to let Constantine go and never really give Wonder Woman a chance is set to dive back into the comic book pool and while it still has to be seen if the 3rd time will be NBC’s charm, the most recent news sounds promising from the recent Television Critics Association (TCA), where NBC executives Robert Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke spoke a little bit about DC’s pilot Powerless.

Powerless is a comedy series in which we will see the point of view of the citizens and how the battles between the heroes and villains affect them.


“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 I asked if DC was open to at least mentioning big name superheroes like Superman and Batman on the show, Salke replied, “Oh yeah, they’ve namedropped everyone. I don’t think they’ve said anyone’s off limits.”

You can check out more from the interview on IGN.com

This can be a great launching off point for the really small characters like Hawk, Dove, Elongated Man or even Booster Gold. They can even set up one of their characters to becoming a hero later in the series as many DC shows have done great in creating new characters(Harley Quinn, Livewire, Chloe Sullivan).

However, it is weird to see the contradiction as the video featured on the website talking about the Pilot order states that Batman and Superman won’t be involved, but then within the same article says they are not off limits.

We will have to wait and see what happens, but hopefully NBC treats this projects much better than they did with Constantine, which they messed that up completely(in terms of when it was on, not the quality of the series).

Eric Curto
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