The “hard R of comic book shows,” according to creator Brian Michael Bendis, finally has a debut date. It’ll premiere on Sony’s Playstation network on March 10.
The first 3 episodes of the 10-episode season, will be free for all viewers at PlayStation.com/Powers. But, if you want to watch the remaining 7 episodes, you’ll have to sign up for a PlayStation Network membership, unless you’re already a member, and you pay the $50 a year for an annual pass.
Or, you can pay for individual episodes that will be sold in the PlayStation Store. I assume they’ll also be available on other platforms like iTunes and Amazon.
Sony’s obvious goal is to use “Powers” to sell more PlayStation Plus memberships; I won’t be surprised if there are even more original series on the network.
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.
“We are a Rated-R independent comic, about superheroes at their worst, and we needed a home like PlayStation,” Bendis said.
Below, Sony has released an “inside look” at the police procedural set in a superhero world – including a segment on the casting of Susan Heyward as Deena Pilgrim:
Below is a trailer for the series: