Did you know Batman has a cousin? We'll get to meet Bruce's lesser known relative Van Wayne in NBC's superhero comedy of sorts Powerless when it debuts this winter. A new trailer has arrived for the series. And we get to see that bloodlines run thick in the Wayne family. The spot arrives with this 'empowering' tagline.
"That's Bruce Wayne to you. He's B Dubs to his cousin. #Powerless"
NBC released this latest sneak peek at the DC Comics sitcom on their official Twitter. The show stars Alan Tudyk as Bruce Wayne's much lesser known cousin Van Wayne. He'll be a major part of the show when it debuts on Thursday, February 2 at 8:30 pm. And the show might finally arrive as the perfect replacement for NBC's comedy classic The Office.
In Powerless, Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) lands her dream job as Director of Research and Development for Wayne Security in Charm City, home to super heroes and villains and citizens fed up with the collateral damage of their constant fighting. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her aspirations far exceed those of her new boss and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don't need superpowers to be a hero.
Powerless features a stellar ensemble cast that includes Danny Pudi (Community, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Ron Funches (Trolls, Get Hard) and Christina Kirk (Along Came Polly, A - Z). Ben Queen is a writer and executive producer on the show. Michael Patrick Jann (who directed the pilot) also executive produces. Powerless is produced by Warner Bros. Television and based on the characters from DC Comics.
While Powerless doesn't necessarily tie into any of the other DC shows currently airing on The CW or Fox, it does crossover with all of the characters that we know and love from the comics. Previous footage has made references to Batman V Superman, while giving both Wonder Woman and Aquaman a shout-out. And Crimson Fox will be featured in the first episode. Powerless is NBC's first DC Comics TV show, and it's different in that it's a workplace comedy. Some have called it Supergirl meets the Office, and the first trailers sure gave off that vibe, though it looks decidedly more action packed than your average sitcom.
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. Take a look at the latest trailer and meet Van Wayne.