The first teaser for NBC's "Powerless" introduces us to the DC Universe, but from the perspective of people like, well, us. The 2-minute video shows how super-powered battles affect the morning commute, sees office workers debating Wonder Woman's level of divinity, and finds Hawkman as a celebrity on the cover of "Rolling Stone."
The series, starring Vanessa Hudgens, was ordered to production by NBC earlier this month and is currently slated for a mid-season debut.
In the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, Vanessa Hudgens ("Grease Live," "High School Musical") plays Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. 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 co-workers. 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.
The cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk.
Ben Queen serves as writer and executive producer. Director Michael Patrick Jann (pilot) also executive produces. "Powerless" is produced by Warner Bros. Television and based on the characters from DC Comics.
In early 2016, NBC executives Robert Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke spoke about the comedy, explaining that it takes place in the DC Universe, and it will not only feature characters discussing the classic heroes fans know and love, the pilot's main hero is a "recognizable" one.
"This is a world where superheroes are not only just on green screen out the window of this insurance office, but they're also running into you on the street and wreaking havoc," Salke stated of the show's over-arching premise. "The idea isn't that it's the creme de la creme of the superheroes. It's a world where there's a whole population of superheroes with all sorts of all challenges themselves. So you're seeing quite a range of characters in that realm in addition to our great, kind of grounded human ensemble."
"Powerless" will debut on NBC during the 2016/17 season.