If you've ever wished you had the strength of Superman to help you unjam the office printer, your fantasy could soon play out on screen.
NBC has committed to pilot production for a new half-hour single camera workplace comedy called Powerless, which is based on characters from the DC Comics universe. Deadline first reported that Powerless will be "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." Since Powerless has landed at NBC, Deadline also likened it to "The Office but with superheroes."
Ben Queen, who most recently created the short-lived NBC comedy A To Z, will serve as writer and executive producer of Powerless.
Right now, it's unclear which DC characters will be featured on Powerless, but don't expect big-name superheroes like Batman and Superman to appear on the show. Powerless seems to be more focused on the regular people working at the insurance company set in the DC universe, so it's likely that the superheroes who do pop up on the show will play more of a minor role.
NBC hasn't had the greatest track record with DC Comics properties. The drama Constantine premiered during last year's fall TV season, only to have its production halted after 13 episodes were made and eventually cancelled in May.
However, DC characters have been a hit elsewhere on TV, such as Gotham on Fox and Arrow and The Flash on The CW. These series will be joined by Supergirl on CBS on October 26, DC's The Legends of Tomorrow on The CW in early 2016 and Titans in development for TNT.
Though it may look like the TV market is starting to get saturated with DC characters, these shows are all in the action-adventure drama vein, so a comedy like Powerless could actually bring something totally different than the DC TV shows that have come before it. Powerless also gives off an Incredibles vibe, so if it's anything like the 2004 Pixar film about retired superheroes forced back into action, it has the potential to be a real hero for NBC.
Via: Comic Book Resources