Powers is the latest comic adaptation – based on the Marvel/ICON comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming – from the team who produced The Walking Dead which turns the concept of superheroes on their head and asks: what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t heroic at all?
For those that haven’t heard of the show before (why not?) Powers follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker played by Sharlto Copley (District 9, Maleficent) and Deena Pilgrim played by Susan Heyward (666 Park Avenue, 30 Rock). Powers was actually the PlayStation Network’s first scripted original programming, premiering on March 10th 2015; however now the UK arm of Spike have announced it is to join their roster of shows which also includes From Dusk Till Dawn, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.
The Powers Division is assigned to investigate cases involving people with extraordinary abilities, referred to as ‘Powers’.Set amidst the immediacy of today’s social media culture, Powers asks the questions, what if the world was full of superheroes that aren’t actually heroic at all. What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals? The Powers Division is brave enough to go up against the overpaid, commercialised, super humans imposing their power over those who both worship and fear them.
The rest of the Powers cast includes Emmy Award winning British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie, Oceans Thirteen, Oceans Twelve, Hannibal) who plays villain Wolfe, Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders), Michelle Forbes (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, True Blood, The Returned), Olesya Rulin (Halloween High, High School Musical), Max Fowler (Wolf Hall, The Killing), Adam Godley (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Homeland), and Logan Browning (Bratz, Meet The Browns).
Powers premieres on Spike on this May.