I’ve been keeping an eye on news about Sony/PlayStation’s development of Image/Icon Comic’s (under the Marvel umbrella) Powers series for a while now; a) because it stars Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium, The A-Team, Europa Report), and b) because the premise sounds cool as shit. While I must again lament my lack of serious comic knowledge, Powers looks like the filthy, incestuous third sibling to Ron Moore’s 17th Precinct pilot, and Tim Kring’s Heroes.
Written by Brian Michael Bendis (New Avengers [“Age of Ultron”], Ultimate Spider-Man, Daredevil, Alias) and Michael Avon Oeming, Powers follows a couple of very specific homicide detectives, Christian Walker (Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward [The Following, 666 Park Avenue); the pair investigates crimes committed by people with superpowers, aka “powers”. Walker was once a superhero himself (we’ll get flashbacks), but lost his abilities battling a super-serial killer; as you’ll see in the trailer, he’s kind of pissed off about that. (Showrunner/novelist Charlie Huston called Walker “the Charlie Sheen of superheroes.”)
While The Walking Dead is currently kicking ass and taking names, after seeing this NY Comic-Con premiered trailer, the competition is definitely welcome (also looking forward to AMC’s Preacher). As Bendis explains, the R-rated series gets to “…examine both the genre of superheroes and crime fiction from the dead body on up.”
The cast is phenomenal; joining Copley are Eddie Izzard (Wolfe), Michelle Forbes (Retro Girl, aka “the Beyonce of superheroes”), Game of Thrones’ (Locke) Noah Taylor, Max Fowler (The Killing) and Breaking Bad’s Adam Godley. If all that doesn’t convince you, this (*NSFW/C — language) trailer will:
The big “if” here is whether non-PlayStation owners will be able to watch Powers; during the Comic-Con panel the question was broached, but not specifically answered. I’ve watched that trailer about five times now, and I damned well need this series.
Bendis and Oeming serve as writers/executive producers, and David Slade (Hannibal, Breaking Bad, 30 Days of Night directs the first two episodes; Powers premieres on PlayStation this December.