FX is one of those networks that are easy to forget about, but pay attention they are doing some interesting stuff over there. Currently the network has a couple of fantastic shows, Justified and Sons of Anarchy, and one odd but entertaining animated series, Archer. Now it seems that they are getting into the superhero game and they may actually be getting some talented folks behind the camera. Sure that sounds snarky but when you look at shows like The Cape and you read everything that’s happening with the upcoming Wonder Woman series, it’s easy to get a little jaded when it comes to “superhero” shows or adaptations of comics to TV.
FX has greenlit a pilot for an adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis‘ amazing comic book series called Powers. FX Senior Vice President of Public Relations John Soldberg made the official announcement on Twitter.
Bendis replied on Twitter, “Powers pilot was just greenlit by FX! It’s official! Your window of reading Powers while it was still cool is running out.” Powers was initially set to be a film from Sony Pictures back in 2001, but Bendis revealed in February 2009 that a television series was in development at FX. Sony is co-producing the series with FX.
As previously mentioned the series has a solid creative team behind it with the pilot being directed by executive producer Michael Dinner (Justified, Sons of Anarchy) and the script being penned by Charles Eglee, former executive producer of The Walking Dead and part of the creative team behind such television series as The Shield and Dexter.
If you aren’t familiar with Powers you really should be. The series started in 2000 and was published by Image Comics until 2004 when it moved to Marvel’s Icon banner. The series focuses on homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, as they investigate cases involving “powers” (people with superhuman abilities) in an alternate universe where superheroes and super villains are common.
There’s a lot of great story content in these comics for the creative team behind the TV series to make use of and hopefully they will rather than just falling back on the case of the week. The other challenge with this series is that it needs a grounded and believable style and presentation. It’s OK to be a comic book, just do it in a way that’s grounded. When Heroes was at its best that series really did a good job of making that world feel real. The Cape on the other hand constantly looks like a cheap syndicated series rather than a major network show. The Walking Dead also does a great job of making zombies look commonplace so maybe some of that expertise is coming to Powers.