NBC Developing DC Universe Comedy Powerless


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What happens when the market is populated with characters who have extraordinary abilities?  How do you make your character or property stand out from the rest?  Well, you go in the opposite direction.  You take the mundane and hold it up proudly and prominently, which is exactly what NBC is doing with a new series that’s in the works.

Deadline is reporting that NBC is developing a new single-camera sitcom in the style of The Office that is set in the DC Universe:

"Based on characters from DC Comics, Powerless is a workplace comedy set at one of the worst insurance companies in America — with the twist being that it also takes place in the universe of DC Comics. The show is about the reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains."

Though Powerless will be set within the DC universe, big-name characters like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman will not appear on the show.  However, it won’t exclude them from being mentioned by name.

Ben Queen, who will serve as the writer and executive producer of Powerless, is currently under an overall contract with WBTV.  His past endeavors have included being the creator of A To Z, another WBTV series.  Before that, he also created and executive produced the 20th Century Fox Television series Drive, starring Emma Stone and Nathan Fillion.  For feature films, Queen wrote Pixar’s Cars 2 and Slanted & Enchanted from Warner Bros.

There were no casting announcements as of this report.

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