DC Entertainment has the superhero drama pretty well covered with their slate of programming on The CW including ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, and now ‘Supergirl’. Beyond that is ‘Gotham’ on Fox, but the DC Universe is about to expand even further when ‘Powerless’ premieres on NBC next season.
The new show will be the company’s first half-hour comedy and they’ve enlisted some top tier comedic talent to headline it as ‘Community’ star Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk of ‘Firefly’, ‘Con Man’ and numerous animated Disney films have joined ‘A to Z’ creator Ben Queen on this new venture. But the series will focus on ‘High School Musical’ and ‘Grease Live’ star Vanessa Hudgens as she plays an insurance claims adjustor with a crusade against the superhero community and their blatant disregard for public property. And recently the actress briefly opened up about the role while sharing some laughs with her co-stars.
DC All Access recently caught up with Hudgens, Tudyk, and Pudi to briefly discuss their upcoming DC show. After sharing that relatively unknown heroes (at least compared to Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman) such as the Crimson Fox would be making appearances on the show, they each discussed their own characters. Here’s what Hudgens had to say about hers:
“‘Powerless’ is DC Comics’ first comedy. It’s very exciting. Normally, superheroes are really glamorized and looked up to, our show isn’t really about them. It’s about people who live in a world filled with them. We work at an insurance company so we’re the people who pick up after the supers. I play Emily Lock. She is the head of claims at the insurance company. She loves what she does, but she struggles with feeling like she has purpose and meaning. So it’s really about finding her own power.”
To see what Tudyk and Pudi had to say, check out the video below, followed by the show’s official synopsis:
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.
Are you excited to check out ‘Powerless’ whenever it debuts? What do you think about Vanessa Hudgens’ character? And what other DC Comics heroes do you think will pop up on the show? Let us know in the comments.