Brian Michael Bendis’ Powers moving to PSN


After years in stuck development limbo, the live-action version of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s creator-owned comic Powers is finally stepping into the (stage) light. According to Deadline, Powers is going to be a digital exclusive for the PlayStation Network. Powers was originally picked up by FX in 2009, who went so far as to shoot a pilot in 2011 starring Jason Patric and Lucy Punch; right before scrapping the whole thing when it wasn’t quite what the network wanted.


For those unfamiliar with the Eisner Award-winning series, Powers follows Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, two homicide detectives charged with investigating cases involving people with superhuman abilities, or “powers” for short. It’s like if Law and Order and Justice League had a baby, and that baby was raised by a bald-headed comic writer with a passion for gritty crime noir. And while I’m annoyed it’s airing on a streaming service I can’t steal from my parents, I have to admit it’s the perfect inaugural series for Sony and a promising contender against Microsoft’s Xbox One-bound Halo series.


Powers will take the form of a live-action, hour-long drama, with approximately 10 episodes in the first season. Already Dead author Charlie Huston, who is penning an entirely new script, will share show runner duties with Falling Skies head writer Remi Aubuchon. And as executive producers, original creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming will be looking over their shoulders, making sure they do the super-powered series justice*.  In the meantime, there are 14 volumes – 15 if you count Powers: Bureau where they get promoted to Mulder and Scully status – for you to get through, so start reading.


*Pun very much intended!