FX Orders Series Pilot for Brian Michael Bendis Comic POWERS

     February 26, 2011


I don’t know too much about comics, but I know enough to take notice when I hear “Brian Michael Bendis.”  As a TV geek, I trust the FX development process, which has produced Archer, Justified, Louie, Terriers (RIP), and Lights Out — a murderer’s row — over the last 18 months.  And so it is cause for celebration when Bendis tweets:

Powers pilot was just greenlit by FX!  It’s official!  Your window of reading Powers while it was still cool is running out.”

Amazon is processing my order for Powers Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl? as we speak.  Hit the jump for details on the series.

The Live Feed reports that Journeyman creator Kevin Falls was once attached, but FX has since turned the property over to two network veterans.  The Shield writer Charles Eglee scripted the pilot; Michael Dinner, who helmed the first episodes of Sons of Anarchy and Justified, will direct.  Eglee and Dinner will executive produce along with Bendis, Powers artist Michael Avon Oeming, David Engel, and The Walking Dead studio Circle of Confusion.

powers-comic-book-cover-02I wasn’t familiar with Eglee’s name prior to today, but the man has a fantastic resume.  The first stage of his career is filled with credits on classic series like St. Elsewhere, Moonlighting, and NYPD Blue.  He has created two series: the acclaimed Murder One and the fondly remembered sci-fi series Dark Angel (co-created with James Cameron).  Neither lasted more than two seasons, though, and Eglee has spent the last few years writing for The Shield, Dexter, and The Walking Dead.  Eglee’s world of experience in quality genre series and police dramas is a great match for the Powers premise — two homicide detectives solve crime in a world where superpowers are relatively common.

Bendis reiterates the crimesolving aspect of the comic in a tweeted reassurance that Powers: The TV Series will set itself apart:

“For those comparing Powers to other super hero shows, it’s not a super hero show… It’s a cop show with a superhero element. Big difference.”

Here’s the synopsis for the aforementioned first volume (issues 1-6) of Powers:

Heroes glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire. Flamboyant villains attempt daring daylight robberies. God-like alien creatures clash in epic battle over the night-time sky. And on the dirty city streets below, homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim investigate the murders of the world’s most powerful and popular POWERS…

Walker has teamed up with rookie, Deena Pilgrim, to investigate the shocking murder of one of the world`s most popular icons, Retro Girl.

As the murder investigation takes them from the seediest underbelly the city has to offer to the gleaming towers that are home to immortal beings, hidden truths about Retro Girl come to light. Walker finds that to solve this crime, he may have to reveal a dark secret.