First POWERS Image Featuring Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward

     September 16, 2014

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The Powers TV show never panned out over at FX, but Sony is giving the Brian Michael Bendis comic book another go.  The new rendition is currently in its fourth week of filming in Atlanta and is set to premiere on the Sony PlayStation Network, making it the gaming platform’s very first original series.

The comic centers on Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), two homicide detectives who focus on cases involving individuals with superpowers and now we’ve got our very first look at the show’s version of them.  Hit the jump to check out the new Powers image.

powers-comic-book-coverThe image comes from USA Today.  The outlet also got the chance to talk to executive producer Charlie Huston.  Here’s what he had to say about the show:

“It’s such a clever concept to try and imagine a real world where you actually have to deal with powers and how they impact society, and to do that through the lens of a cop drama.”

In the series, Heyward’s character is a great detective, but doesn’t know much about dealing with people with superhuman abilities.  Copley’s, however, lacks official police training, but he’s an ex-Power and knows how to get inside the heads of those with superpowers to figure out what they’re capable of and how to solve the cases.

Bendis dubbed the duo the “heart and soul” of the show.  He also noted that the show will be a different experience and further explained:

“My dream was for the show and the books to almost run in parallel universes as they explore the same themes.”

For example, whereas Christian in the comics is more stoic, Copley’s version is described as an “up-tempo” character.  Heyward, however, keeps in line with the source material.  Huston also highlighted:

“She is this amazing fireball.  You do 12-hour days and it’s getting into 10 p.m. and you’re in a parking garage and all you can smell is gas fumes and you’re eating stale pizza, and Susan is down at the end of the ramp doing jujitsu kicks, spinning around and ready to go.”

As for the FX-to-PlayStation Network switch, Huston seems thrilled with the new opportunity.  He explained:

“We’re getting the best of both worlds.  We’re getting a network-budgeted show, and we’re getting to dive in as dark and deep as we want to go.”

There’s still no word on an airdate for Powers, but they’re in week four of production on the 10-epsiode show, so hopefully we’ll find out soon enough.

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