The latest promo pairs the distinctive voice of television’s Batman with art inspired by Silver and Bronze Age comic books to set up the premise of the workplace comedy set squarely within the DC Universe. “Behind every cape is a baffled bystander,” West says in voiceover. “Where there’s a villainous laser, there’s a cowering commuter. With every super-battle above, there’s a super-scared civilian below. How, in a world of day-to-day danger, can hapless humans hang on?”
The answer is, of course, Wayne Security, the subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products to make defenseless bystanders feel just a little safer as they try not to become collateral damage in the battles between superheroes and supervillains. The Charm City-based company is the setting for “Powerless,” which follows Vanessa Hudgens’ Emily Locke as she begins her new job there as director of research and development, where she quickly learns that her aspirations far exceed those of her new boss and co-workers.
A second promo highlights Wayne Security’s “super solutions to super problems,” which include Kryptonite glass, designed to weaken Superman’s powers so that he safely bounces off the building. Unfortunately, the imaginative product has a major drawback.
Premiering Thursday, Feb. 2, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, “Powerless” also stars Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches and Christina Kirk.
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