No doubt loads of fans from different areas of interest will be all over a new NBC series coming in February. First and foremost, each of the lead actors of the new superhero series Powerless have their own following. One of Hollywood’s highest paid young actresses, Vanessa Hudgens (Sucker Punch, High School Musical) has the lead role of Emily, who works in Research and Development for Wayne Enterprises as the Bruce Wayne company develops products to protect regular citizens from the kind of havoc wreaked by Superman in Man of Steel.
Then there’s Alan Tudyk, star of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Firefly–two of the most outspoken and loyal fanbases of any franchises in any genre–who plays the office boss. Fan favorite Community’s beloved Danny Pudi is a co-worker on the show. And securing yet another fanbase, Powerless is a DC Comics tie-in, featuring plenty of references to the pantheon of superheroes.
If it can only deliver some good humor and have some solid writing that is up to the quality of the cast, the series should be a hit. But don’t confuse this Powerless with the Marvel Comics mini-series from more than a decade ago. Also, don’t confuse this series with the Powerless previewed this past summer. Same actors, similar roles, but the storyline has obviously been significantly reworked. Check out a preview for Powerless followed by the preview for the series before it was reworked:
And here is the preview from last year before the rework (most online versions have been pulled by Warner Bros.):
That’s right, the showrunners switched an insurance company called Retcon for R&D at Wayne Enterprises. It’s anybody’s guess why the change was made.
Here is the blurb for the revamped show:
Emily Locke lands her dream job as Director of Research and Development for Wayne Security in Charm City, home to superheroes and villains and citizens fed up with the collateral damage of their constant fighting. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her aspirations far exceed those of her new boss and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.
Look for Powerless beginning February 2, 2017, at 7 p.m. Central on NBC.