Though it’s firmly based in the ever-growing DC Extended Universe’s multiverse, it’s far from a sure thing that NBC’s “Powerless” will feature the occasional crossover with the many other DC Comics-based television shows and films currently in production. However, if showrunner Patrick Schumaker has his way, we might see a familiar face or two drop by occasionally — though perhaps in the way you might expect.
In an interview with CBR (coming later today), Schumaker explained that while he’d love to see heroes and villains from other areas of the Multiverse pay a visit to Earth-P, odds are it’s not gonna happen. With some creativity, however, nearly anything things are possible.
“If they’ll let us do it, I would have Jason Momoa show up next season as the Sparkletts guy,” Schumaker told CBR. “He’ll never show up as Aquaman. Ben Affleck will never show up as Batman. We can’t rule out that Grant Gustin could show up some other time playing somebody else, that there’s a little bit of a crossover. You have so much license, given the high-concept nature of this show, I think you have a lot of license.
“The idea of a multiverse, I think, gives you license to have an actor from one of the other shows show up playing somebody different,” Schumaker continued. “Because who’s to say in this world that Barry Allen or Wally West – Barry Allen if it’s Grant – isn’t a courier? He doesn’t have any powers, necessarily. Or maybe he does, and we just never show it. Maybe he’s the FedEx guy.”
That’s all well and good, but how about casting actors who have been part of past DC Comics-Based productions? The answer, which is sure to delight fans of Christopher Reeves’ Superman films, is that that’s actually already happening.
“We had in the current pilot – he was in the original pilot too, and we repurposed some of the footage they shot in the original pilot for a new pilot – the actor who played Jimmy Olsen in Richard Donner’s original ‘Superman,’ Marc McClure,” Schumaker said. “He actually stands in for Emily’s father in the pilot. So we already kind of start with some little Easter egg-y stuff that alludes to the films and other media that have existed, historically, for DC Comics.”
Check back with CBR later today for Schumacker’s full interview, in which he discusses some of the ideas he hopes the show gets to explore as it embraces all of DC’s myriad continuities, shares an Easter egg Superman fans should look for, and more.
Set within the DC Comics universe, “Powerless” centers on the everyday lives of people in a world populated by super-powered heroes and villains, including the aforementioned Jack O’Lantern and Crimson Fox. The sitcom follows Vanessa Hudgens as Emily Locke, who begins her new job as director of research and development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises, which specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer as they try not to become collateral damage in the battles between superheroes and supervillains.
Also starring Danny Pudi, Ron Funches and Christina Kirk, “Powerless” premieres Thursday, Feb. 2, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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