The Powers television show has been a long time coming. Back in 2009, FX first shot a pilot for the series, but when it failed to get picked up, Powers went back into production with a new cast and re-shot the pilot. From there, the series was picked up by the Playstation Network as Sony’s first venture into original programming and is expected to premiere in March.
Based on the comic book series of the same name from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, Powers follows a pair of homicide detectives – Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward) – tasked with investigating crimes committed by super-powered culprits. Christian, however, is a former super himself, having lost his powers in a tragic accident.
Watch a new behind-the-scenes featurette (above) for an in depth look at Powers, including new footage and exclusive interviews with the creators and cast.
Previously, Bendis called the Powers television series a “different experience” from its comic book source material, adding “the show and the books… almost run in parallel universes as they explore the same themes.” And this featurette gives that same impression, focusing on how the themes and motifs of the Powers comic remain while other elements have been updated for the TV series.
This featurette also goes on to discuss how Powers has a budget equal to any network program, which really shows on the close-ups of the costumes and props. Plus, being on the PSN allows the series to have a more mature edge; meaning, Powers will really be able to dive into the darker side of superhuman nature without fear of overzealous censors. (Something Powers‘ first trailer has already made more than apparent.)
Powers‘ creators Bendis and Oeming will serve as executive producers, along with Charlie Huston and Remi Aubuchon. The series has been given a 10-episode first season and its pilot episode is directed by David Slade (Hannibal). Rounding out the main cast are Eddie Izzard, Michelle Forbes, and Noah Taylor.
The premiere episode will be made free to all at Playstation.com/Powers, with following episodes to be released on a weekly basis and available for purchase on the Playstaion Store. For Playstation Plus members, however, the whole series is included with their yearly subscription fee.
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Powers premieres March 10th, 2015 on the Playstation Network.