In NBC’s upcoming DC Comics-based sitcom “Powerless” the series will explore superheroes from the perspective of regular people, showcasing how normal humans react to the likes of Superman, Batman and Ambush Bug living among them. While regular folks are the focus, we’ll actually see DC Comics superheroes on the series — one of which we now know is Jack O’Lantern.
In a new DC All-Access video “Powerless” stars Alan Tudyk (“Serenity”), Vanessa Hudgens (“Sucker Punch”) and Danny Pudi (“Community”) discussed the upcoming comedy series, revealing that “Justice League Europe’s” Jack O’Lantern will be making a splash in the first episode.
Created for 1977’s Super Friends #8 by E. Nelson Bridwell and Ramona Fradon, Jack O’Lantern is an Irish superhero who uses a mystical lantern that gives them the power of flight, flame projection, teleportation, creating illusions, super-strength, and the ability to produce fogs. He started out as a member of the Global Guardians before becoming a villain in “Justice League Europe,” where he died. The guise was later taken up by the cousin of the original Jack O’Lantern, Liam McHugh, who showed up in Grant Morrison’s “JLA” run.
Check out the video in which Tudyk, Hudgens and Pudi discuss Jack O’Lantern below:
In the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, Vanessa Hudgens (“Grease Live,” “High School Musical”) plays Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. It’s when she stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures (after an epic battle messes with her commute) that she accidentally becomes a cult “hero” in her own right … even if it’s just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers. Now, while she navigates her normal, everyday life against an explosive backdrop, Emily might just discover that being a hero doesn’t always require superpowers.
The cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk.
Ben Queen serves as writer and executive producer. Director Michael Patrick Jann (pilot) also executive produces. “Powerless” is produced by Warner Bros. Television and based on the characters from DC Comics.
NBC executive Jennifer Salke previously said of the series, “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,” Salke stated of the show’s over-arching premise. “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 debut in the back half of the 2016/17 television season on NBC.
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