The PlayStation Network has axed ‘Powers’ based on Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s hit Eisener Award-winning comic book series.  The little-seen adaptation starred Sharlto Copley as Detective Christian Walker (who secretly used to have Powers), Eddie Izzard as villain “Big Bad” Wolfe, Michael Madsen as Patrick/Super Shock, Susan Heyward as Detective Deena Pilgrim and ‘Battlestar Galactica”s Michelle Forbes as Retro Girl as well as recurring talent like Wil Wheaton, Enrico Colantoni and Tricia Helfer.

Bendis made the announcement himself via Twitter:

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that the PlayStation Network has attracted the attention that other streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and even Amazon Prime have.  ‘Powers’ was hampered with a low budget and didn’t receive a lot of buzz, although the first season did well enough to earn a second, which actually adapted the first major storyline from the comics, ‘Who Killed Retro Girl?’

Bendis’ tweet did end with the optimistic phrase “For now” so there is always the possibility that he and Oeming may shop their creator-owned concept around to a different outlet.

‘Powers’ had previously been developed at FX with Jason Patric and Lucy Punch attached to play Walker and Pilgrim.  Two separate pilots were shot but FX never picked the show up to series.

To be fair, ‘Powers” police procedural-meets-super heroes concept seems like it would be a no-brainer to make work as a serialized TV show, but the low profile of the PlayStation Network couldn’t deliver a huge audience needed to make it succeed.

Genre fans have frequently lobbied services like Netflix to save shows that other networks cancel, but… well, it never really happens.

What do you think?  Would you like to see ‘Powers’ revived at a higher profile outlet?  Or did this show need to be put out of its misery?

Source: Screen Rant