Vanessa Hudgens is the latest to hop aboard the comic book bandwagon. After starring in Fox’s Grease Live! as Rizzo (just one day after her father passed away, by the way), the actress has been announced as the lead in NBC’s DC-based comedy pilot, Powerless.
Powerless, which has not yet been formally picked up to series, is described by Variety as a workplace comedy set at one of the worst insurance companies in America — in a universe filled with superheroes and villains. Hudgens plays an insurance claims adjuster, Emily Locke, who loves keeping to herself and helping others with through job. However, she becomes irritated by the superhuman activity running rampant through her city.
This will be DC’s first half-hour-long comedy series. Elsewhere, CBS has Supergirl, Fox has Gotham, The CW has most of the Arrow/The Flash small-screen cinematic universe, but NBC canceled its only DC adaptation, Constantine, leaving it with a vacancy. This news also comes as Marvel is developing its only superhero comedy series with Damage Control, centering around a team who have to clean up all the messes after superhero battles. When the pilot was first announced, Deadline reported that, while the list of superhero appearances isn’t clear, big wigs like Batman and Superman won’t feature.
Powerless also marks a first for Hudgens — this is her first regular series role. While the live musical trend on TV isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, she received rave reviews from critics for her performance in Grease Live! Shedding her breakout role in High School Musical, she went on to roles in The Frozen Ground, Gimme Shelter, and more adult comedy raunch fests like Spring Breakers and Machete Kills.
Ben Queen (A to Z) wrote Powerless and is set to executive produce with Michael Patrick Jann, who in turn is directing the pilot.