NBC Gives Pilot Order to DC Comics Powerless


The DC Comics based comedy Powerless is moving forward at NBC, with a pilot order now issued for the series, TVLine first reported. NBC previously made a pilot production commitment in August 2015, but is now officially green lighting the production and filming of a pilot episode.

The show takes place firmly in the DC Universe, but don't expect to see Superman and Batman fighting Doomsday out in the streets (that's reserved for the big screen). Instead, the show, being developed by Ben Queen, is more like a cross between The Office and a superhero universe. It centers on an insurance company that specializes in insuring and fixing the wreckage in the aftermath of DC's superpowered battles. Their titular status is also a focus - imagine actually being a regular joe in a world of superpowers - you'd probably feel a bit of envy, too.

NBC also ordered three other comedy pilots, one from Marlon Wayans, and two from alums of 30 Rock.

The idea behind Powerless has never directly been done, but Marvel Comics, DC's chief competition, has had a series and group called "Damage Control" who are a construction company that fixes the aftermath of superheroic battles. NBC last teamed with WBTV and DC Entertainment on the single season of Constantine.