Being a superhero is tough work. There’s no set hours, the pay is arguably petty, and it is nearly impossible to buy a half-decent life insurance policy when your job is fighting bad guys. For most, they are fine watching superhero antics from afar and awing over their favorite characters, but the folks on Powerless are a bit different. The comedy takes place within a world where DC Comics heroes are alive and well - kind of. Apparently, two of Batman’s sidekicks have already bit the dust on the show.
In tonight’s episode of Powerless, Ron finds himself speaking to an over-enthusiastic Van who is gushing about Robin’s work. Tired of the babbling, Ron takes a moment to remind Van of a grim fact.
"You are aware that two Robins have supposedly died on the job?" Ron asks Van.
Clearly, he wasn’t.
In the comics, Robin is a dangerous gig, and it doesn’t have the best track record. While the original Robin Dick Grayson made out okay, becoming Nightwing (and even Batman a couple times), the second Robin is a perfect example of how the job can go wrong. Jason Todd was mercilessly tortured by the Joker after being captured, and the sidekick sacrificed his life to save his mother when the villain detonated a bomb in the building they were being held. Other iterations of Robin like Stephanie Brown and Damian Wayne have also died in the line of duty in certain storylines, but comics are comics; there is always a way for them to come back.
You can check out the synopsis of tonight’s Powerless episode below:
EMILY ATTEMPTS TO JUMPSTART HER ROMANTIC LIFE - ROBERT BUCKLEY GUEST STARS - After being urged by her team, Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) sets her sights on the dating world but unknowingly falls for one of the Riddler's henchmen (guest star Robert Buckley). Meanwhile, Teddy (Danny Pudi) and Ron (Ron Funches) find a Batman artifact and discover Van's (Alan Tudyk) superhero fantasy. Christina Kirk also stars. Jennie Pierson recurs.
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.