NBC is revving up another DC Comics series, except unlike poor “Constantine“, this one stands a chance of surviving on the network. “Powerless“, an office comedy set within the DC Universe, has finally begun to cast its characters for its pilot! Set in a superhero-filled world at “one of the worst insurance companies in America”, the potential series has landed a rather impressive cast.
Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) will play ‘Emily Locke’, “an insurance claims adjuster who loves her job because she gets to help people… [and] likes to fly under the radar and just get her work done.” Nevertheless, Locke “finds herself increasingly exasperated by the disruptive antics of the various Super Heroes that proliferate in her city.”
Danny Pudi (“Community“) will portray ‘Teddy’, a worker who kills time “creating time-wasting pranks as a way to make their office, the ‘least super place on earth,’ just a little less ‘unsuper.'”
Alan Tudyk (“Firefly“) is ‘Del’, a waste of space promoted due to corporate nepotism. Del is a “power-mad disastrous dictator of a boss” and a “rich, over-educated globetrotting wastrel.”
Lastly, Christina Kirk (Melinda and Melinda) is ‘Jackie’, a superhero fangirl and Del’s assistant, who will apparently be “buckling under his unreasonable and impossible demands.”
The series is unlikely to showcase big shot DC heroes like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc., but I honestly think that’s a bonus. The A-listers will be getting plenty of face-time in the upcoming films and the B-team heroes (plus A-lister The Flash) are getting plenty of work over on The CW. I think it’s high time that we had some fun with the lesser known (and often goofy) heroes rated further down the lists of fan favorites. Hawk & Dove, anyone?
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