Powerless gets left out of the DC TV Universe discussion - mostly because it A) hasn't aired yet; B) Is not part of The CW club with Arrow, Supergirl, Flash and Legends; and C) It doesn't actually revolve around DC superheroes.
Instead, Powerless is a workplace comedy that's tangentially related to the DC TV Universe: The show follows workers at an insurance company that handles the claims for DC Superhero property damage. And if you watched any of the other DC shows and/or movies, you know that cataloguing all the destruction DC heroes do is a full-time job.
While the exact positioning of Powerless has been somewhat vague, today we have confirmation that it will include at least one more big connection to the DC superhero roster - besides the Wonder Woman case that opens the show. According to part of the show's latest synopsis:
"In a world where humanity must cope with the collateral damage of Super Heroes and Super-Villains, Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) begins her first day as Director of Research & Development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer..."
That's a pretty big Batman Easter egg!
As always, a lot of fans will read into this and wonder "Is Batman/Bruce Wayne" making a TV appearance? However, just over the summer we were told in somewhat certain terms that Batman isn't coming to the DC TV Universe; the most we get is playing in the shadow of The Bat - aka Gotham.
More to the point: a show like Powerless is an experiment for DC Entertainment, Marvel - or any of the big superhero franchises. A tangential comedy series is definitely something new, so Powerless needs to establish itself, in general, before moving on to big superhero cameos - let alone one from Batman!
In the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, Vanessa Hudgens plays Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. But it's when she stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures (after an epic battle messes with her commute) that she accidentally becomes a cult "hero" in her own right… even if it's just to her group of lovably quirky coworkers. Now, while she navigates her normal, everyday life against an explosive backdrop, Emily might just discover that being a hero doesn't always require superpowers.
Danny Pudi, Christina Kirk and Ron Funches also star.
Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Len Goldstein, Marc Buckland and Dean Lorey are executive producers of “Powerless.” The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and is based on the characters from DC.
Powerless will premiere on February 2 on NBC.