Its been a long road, but the live action series based on Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s creator owned comic Powers will finally début this December. The show will be the first original series on Sony’s PlayStation Network.
The series trailer debuted earlier today at New York Comic Con, on the Empire Stage, and here it is for everyone (Warning, it is NSFW)
Powers is a superhero/police procedural centered on Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley, who was not at the panel) as a former superhero who has lost his powers, and has become a cop. Alongside Walker is his new partner, Deena Pilgram (Susan Heyward).
Optioned by Sony way back in 2001, Powers didn’t really see much development until 2009. A pilot was produced by in 2011 for the FX network, who ultimately passed on the project. This spring Sony announced Powers would be their début original programming.
At the panel, Bendis and Oeming address fans, “This has been 14 years coming… your loud internet voice was part of the equation that made PlayStation and Sony make the decision to go right to series with Powers.” Along with the series creators, Heyward attended the panel, along with cast members Noah Taylor (Johnny Royale), and Eddie Izzard (Wolfe) among others. Among the cast members who could not attend the convention was the recently cast Michelle Forbes (Battlestar Galactica, True Blood) as Retro Girl. “She’s bringing that power and gravitas that she brings to everything,” Bendis told the attendees.
Since it’s a show about super heroes, comics will play a big part of the show. The series will feature a Retro Girl comic, with art provided by comic luminaries David Mack and Mike Allred and of course art from series creator Michael Avon Oeming. Oeming will be providing the art seen in the show as the work of a character in the show.
The series first season will run 10 episodes. Writer Charlie Huston (Moon Knight) is serving as Showrunner, he will also be writing at least the first two episodes of the show, both directed by David Slade (Breaking Bad).
The first episode will be made available to all PlayStation Network members, with the rest of the series only available to PlayStation Network Plus subscribers.