New Powerless Promo Reveals Alan Tudyk is Playing Batman's Cousin

"This February, Gotham's greatest hero has a cousin!"

When Powerless — a comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics — was first conceived by creator Ben Queen, it was about quirky employees at an insurance company that handle claims for property damage caused by superheroes and supervillains. However, when the pilot wasn't well-received, NBC brought in a new showrunner to revamp the series.

What was the network's big fix? Give the show a better connection to the DC Universe by having the employees work for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises, and have their boss be related to billionaire crime-fighter Bruce Wayne.

In this latest promo, it is revealed that Alan Tudyk's (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Firefly) character is now named 'Van Wayne,' and is Batman's cousin. His character was originally named 'Del Heller.'


Emily Locke lands her dream job as Director of Research and Development for Wayne Security in Charm City, home to super heroes and villains and citizens fed up with the collateral damage of their constant fighting. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her aspirations far exceed those of her new boss and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.

The cast features Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi, Christina Kirk, and Ron Funches.

Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Len Goldstein, Marc Buckland and Dean Lorey are executive producers of Powerless. Buckland served as the director of the pilot. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and is based on the characters from DC.

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Powerless premieres Thursday, February 2 at 8:30/7:30c on NBC.