Comic-Con: 'Powerless' Exec Producers Preview DC Universe Comedy, Tease Superheroes to Come

Stars Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk and Ron Funches joined executive producers Ben Queen and Michael Patrick Jann to discuss the midseason series.
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'Powerless'

DC Comics is attempting to boldly go where no comic book TV show has gone before: into the comedy sphere.

Powerless, set to debut midseason on NBC, is a workplace comedy set at one of the worst insurance companies in America and centers on its normal, powerless employees and their struggle to be mundane in a world of superheroes and villains.

While the show does take place within the DC Universe, no mainstream characters like Batman or Superman will appear in the series. However, the pilot episode name-drops a few of DC's most iconic characters including Aquaman and Green Lantern.

"It's in its own universe. It's its own little subset," executive producer Ben Queen told the enthusiastic San Diego Comic-Con crowd on Friday. "DC is basically, as you can see, they let us talk about all aspects of the DC [Universe]. It really gives us an opportunity to lead with what's funny and what's fun and try and turn that into a fun NBC workplace comedy."

Although the DC Universe has several other TV shows on the air — including Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham and Supergirl — there won't be any crossover at least partly because Powerless takes place in a city separate from the locales of those CW shows.

"Charm City is, like, heretofore an unseen city in the DC Universe," Queen explained. Instead of Supergirl and The Flash, "we have our own little heroes," which include Crimson Fox and Jack-o-Lantern. "We're our own underdog city in the DCU."

Powerless is set to debut midseason on NBC.

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