POWERLESS – What It Could Bring To The DC Television Universe

Last night marked the premiere of NBC’s new lighthearted, campy, cheesy, and a bit over the top show: Powerless. I found myself enamored with the dry humor and subtle, and also not-so-subtle nods to the DC Comics lore. 

Here is the official description of Powerless – Via NBC
In the first comedy series set in the DC universe, Vanessa Hudgens (“Grease Live,” “High School Musical”) plays Emily, a spunky, young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. It’s when she stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures (after an epic battle messes with her commute) that she accidentally becomes a cult “hero” in her own right… even if it’s just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers. Now, while she navigates her normal, everyday life against an explosive backdrop, Emily might just discover that being a hero doesn’t always require superpowers.

The cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk.

Ben Queen (“A to Z,” “Cars 2”) serves as writer and executive producer. Director Michael Patrick Jann (pilot, “A to Z,” “Children’s Hospital,” “Reno 911!”) also executive produces. “Powerless” is produced by Warner Bros. Television and based on the characters from DC.” 

How Can It Benefit DC’s CWVERSE and Gotham?

It is already a separate entity from the CWVERSE and FOX’S Gotham, with their approach to light hearted television, versus the brooding, moody atmosphere of the cinematic universe and the CWVERSE. 

DC can benefit from this show, by dropping easter eggs for die hard comic book fans (much like they did last night,) showing the quirky side of the villains (Jack O’ Lantern) and showcasing lesser known heroes. They’ve already name dropped Superman, Batman, Shazaam, The Joker, Gotham City, Charm City (where the show takes place), Joker Venom, Crimson Fox, etc.. They also gave a cameo of DC villain Starro. Starro was last seen on Supergirl, earlier last year.

It is worth mentioning that Powerless seems to be in its own seperate universe from all of the other shows. Therefore, expanding upon the Multiverse that DC Is known for. 

The showrunner Patrick Schumaker has already mentioned that if he can swing it, he would love to have Jason Momoa on the show, but not as Aquaman. He would also like to have Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen character crossover, but not as The Flash. What this does is it gives us endless possibilities to the realm of crossovers. If DC plays this righr, this could be a breakout show for them. 

Be sure to catch Powerless  on NBC. Every Thursday Night at 8:30/7:30 

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-Jay

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