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NBC screened their midseason DC Comics comedy Powerless at Comic-Con. The workplace comedy is set in an insurance company that handles claims for superhero-related destruction. In a roundtable at Comic-Con, series creator Ben Queen told /Film that this was not inspired by the backlash against Man of Steel’s collateral damage.

“No, but I will say superhero movies and TV shows now are so serious, and that’s a good thing,” Queen said. “The idea of what it would be like to live in that world and be a normal person without powers. Frankly, how you get to work in the morning when you’re dealing with super-related craziness like a tidal wave from Aquaman, just the aggravation of that seemed like a funny thing to explore.”  Read More »

powerless review

Every superhero show or movie has them: dozens or hundreds of anonymous extras milling about in the backgrounds of all those CG-heavy, city-destroying third-act climaxes, looking alternatively terrified and grateful. Every once in a while, some of them even get to speak – to testify against Superman in Congress or to corner Iron Man in an elevator. But NBC’s Powerless is the first time these nameless nobodies truly get to take center stage. And as it turns out, they’ve got a pretty great story to tell.  Read More »

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TV shows at 2016 Comic-Con

It feels like 2016 is just flying by, because we’re just over three weeks away from San Diego Comic-Con. We’ll be in the heart of all the pop culture craziness as usual, and it looks like fans are going to have their days packed pretty full if they plan on seeing everything that Warner Bros. Television has to offer. The TV studio is bring 21 shows to the convention this summer. That includes comic book favorites like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Gotham and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and a slew of other geek friendly shows with large, loyal fanbases.

Get the full list of TV shows at 2016 Comic-Con after the jump. Read More »

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Whenever superheroes and supervillains throw down, there’s going to be collateral damage. Sometimes there’s more, sometimes it’s less, but at best we’re talking about millions if not billions in property damage and countless ruined days for ordinary civilians unlucky enough to live in a superpowered universe. While the superheroes get to return to Asgard or hole up in their secret Batcaves or whatever it is they do, these folks are left to sweep up the dust. Now a new comedy promises to tell their stories.

NBC has given a series order to Powerless, a DC Comics comedy about an insurance claims adjuster (Vanessa Hudgens) who has had it with the crime-fighting superheroes messing up her daily commute. Geek favorites Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk also star, along with Christina Kirk. The show itself won’t premiere for another several months, but the first photos have arrived to give you a little taste of this non-superhero superhero series.  Read More »

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Why is Christian Bale disappointed in how his take on Batman turned out in Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight Trilogy? Which DC Comics superhero will appear on the TV series Powerless? Which prop did Ben Affleck steal for himself from the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Does a new LEGO set confirm the appearance of [REDACTED] in Captain America: Civil War? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Ever notice how every single superhero movie seems to end in a massive battle that destroys an entire city? Ever wonder whose job it is to foot the bill and sort through the paperwork afterward? As it happens, NBC is developing a single-camera comedy about just those folks. Powerless follows a group of totally normal people who work in a totally normal insurance company, only they happen to exist in a world with DC superheroes — and all the inconveniences that suggests. (You try getting home in time for your kid’s birthday party when the subways are jammed yet again because some flying dude in a unitard decided he just had to smash an evil alien into the railway.) ‘

But what the characters of Powerless lack in superpowers, they make up for in geek cred. Powerless has just added Firefly‘s Alan Tudky and Community‘s Danny Pudi to the cast, along with Vanessa Hudgens and Christina Kirk (NBC’s A to Z). More on the Powerless cast, including character details, below.  Read More »

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Another day, another new DC Comics TV show — but this one’s got a genuinely unusual twist. NBC has given a pilot production commitment to Powerless, a half-hour single-camera sitcom which basically sounds like “The Office plus superpowers.” Get all the details on the NBC Powerless series after the jump.  Read More »

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