I actually initially thought this would be some PG13-rated series, but, clearly I’m wrong, given the below first trailer, released last night.
As creator Brian Michael Bendis said at New York Comic-Con yesterday, this will be the “hard R of comic book shows,” which is coming to Sony’s Playstation network (that’s right, the PlayStation is not just for gaming anymore; even Microsoft is doing the same with its XBox – creating original scripted programming. They are now content delivery portals into your living rooms, as the competition for eyeballs becomes even more intense).
Starring Sharlto Copley as Christian Walker and Susan Heyward as Deena Pilgrim, the series, based on the gritty graphic novels of the same name, asks the questions: What if the world was full of people with superpowers? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mayhem and murder? And what if you were the cop who had to deal with it all? Welcome to the lives of Detectives Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward’s character), who are in charge of protecting regular humans and keeping the peace, investigating cases involving those with superhuman abilities.
Susan Heyward’s Deena Pilgrim begins the series as a rookie – a lowly police officer on the streets of Chicago, under a corrupt captain named Adlard (who worked for Mama Joon, a powerful crime boss). Adlard was murdered 7 years prior, just before Deena’s transfer request to work with Walker as part of the Powers Homicide department. Little else is known of her past, though she reveals in the comic that her brother was a Power called “Hoodwink”. Deena’s character is further described as attractive, rambunctious, funny, agile, smart, a pro with various combat weapons and fighting styles.
Joining them in supporting roles are Logan Browning from VH1’s “Hit the Floor” (as Zora), as well as Max Fowler and Adam Godley, with David Slade directing the first 2 series, from scripts by Charlie Huston.1
Bendis, Oeming and Michael Dinner will executive produce “Powers” with Huston and Remi Aubuchon, along with Circle of Confusion’s David Engel, David Alpert and Lawrence Mattis. Huston and Aubuchon will serve as showrunners.
“Powers” is set to debut on Sony’s streaming PlayStation Network in December 2014, for what will be a 10-episode first season. I assume Sony will make the episodes available elsewhere, like maybe iTunes, or Amazon’s VOD service, for those who aren’t on the PlayStation network. Of course I’m assuming that you will have to own a PlayStation to access the network?? Those who are in-the-know can correct me if I’m wrong.
2 months away, here’s the first trailer for “Powers.”