After years in development and a few different homes, Powers is finally set to debut on the PlayStation Network.
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Your streaming docket is about to get a bit more crowded. Powers is a new series from Sony Pictures Television—the studio that produced Breaking Bad—that will be entirely exclusive to Playstation owners.
Based on the long-running comics series of the same name by writer Brian Michael Bendis (who also scribes a number of Marvel books like Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, All-New X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy) and artist Mike Van Oeming (who’s currently wrapping up The Mice Templar), the series follows detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, two cops on the Powers beat, investigating crimes involving superhumans.
Two key parts in PlayStation’s first original series have been filled. The comic-book-based superhero saga Powers has cast its lead roles: Christian Walker and fan favorite Retro Girl.
Walker will be played by Sharloto Copley (District 9, Maleficent), while Michelle Forbes (The Killing, Chicago Fire) is Retro Girl (pics below).
Walker is described as “dapper and charismatic” with “the dissolute air of a faded rock star and the body of a battered heavyweight. Once possessed of super-powers, Walker lost his powers in a battle with a super-human mass killer. A faded hero, he’s now a detective who works with law enforcement, using his singular expertise to investigate crimes in the Powers community.” Meanwhile, Retro Girl has a “cool, hard exterior with a fire right below the surface. Retro Girl is the undisputed super star of the Powers community. An icon of justice, selflessness, and business acumen. Her willingness to put herself at risk for the good of others is matched only by her ability to manage her globe-spanning personal brand.” READ FULL STORY
The story follows two homicide detectives who investigate cases of people with extraordinary abilities, and is based on a graphic novel series (pictured, right) by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.
The project marks a bit of a departure for FX, whose dramas are typically very real-world and gritty (which isn’t to say Powers won’t look-feel that way too). It’s also one of several pilots in the TV development pipeline that are attempting to essentially recook the magic The X-Files formula by blending a crime procedural with sci-fi or fantasy elements — such as Ron Moore’s 17th Precinct at NBC, J.J. Abrams’ Person of Interest at CBS, ABC’s Poe and NBC’s Grimm.
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