Although details on NBC's Powerless series from DC Entertainment is still largely under wraps, executives from the network did start to fill in the blanks somewhat at this week's Television Critics Association press tour, according to IGN.
“DC came in with a pitch and they're very committed to... 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," said NBC's Jennifer Salke. "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 be a comedy set inside an insurance agency, but that a "recognizable" superhero will be a featured recurring part of the show.
“Just creatively, what I've seen so far of the pilot, the main superhero that's featured is not one of those [Batman or Superman-type heroes], but it's someone recognizable," said Salke.
Like Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, top tier heroes like Batman and Superman will be a part of the Powerless universe -- however, more in name than in actual appearance.
“Oh yeah, they've namedropped everyone," Salke answered. "I don't think they’ve said anyone's off limits.”
“Also, they're in the background," added Robert Greenblatt from NBC. "They're wallpaper I suppose, as opposed to they're not the main characters in the show, so you may see them blowing up a building out the window or something.”
NBC has greenlit Powerless to film a pilot, and casting should begin shortly.