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Powerless Trailer Finally Gives Us a Superhero-Adjacent Comedy That’s Ready For Prime Time

The premise of NBC’s new DC Entertainment show, Powerless, has gone through a lot of changes (as has the staff!), but with a February premiere date looming, we finally have the the version of this new (un)superhero comedy that’s ready for prime time. Check it out in the above trailer!

Powerless was originally supposed to be about an insurance company that insured people against damages caused by superhero fights, but now it’s about the people who design superpower protection gear for Wayne Security. Yes, that Wayne.

Here’s the official synopsis:

In a world where humanity must cope with the collateral damage of Super Heroes and Super-Villains, Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) begins her first day as Director of Research & Development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her expectations far exceed those of her new boss (Alan Tudyk) and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.

The new premise actually sounds really interesting, and I have to say the first thing I thought of was the hilarious 2009 comedy, Better Off Ted, another comedy about a protagonist who works in R&D, for a company that doesn’t really care all that much about the people who buy their products. This is basically Better Off Ted in the world of superheroes, and I kinda hope that the humor is just as incisive and satirical.

Also amazing-looking is the cast, with awesome comedic actors like Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, Christina Kirk, Ron Funches, Kate Miccuci (who also “costars” with Pudi on the upcoming Duck Tales reboot!), and Josh Fadem. I have to say, though, that while I’m looking forward to most of the cast, the one of which I’m the most skeptical…is the lead of the show.

Having seen Vanessa Hudgens in things from her High School Musical days, to Sucker Punch, to the recent Grease Live, I can’t say I’m impressed with her acting in general. More concerning to me, however, is the fact that in this trailer, she seems the most stiff and the least comfortable with the comedic tone of anyone else on screen.

I would love to be wrong about that. I would love to get past the pilot and watch as she finds her feet and does really well. But for right now? I’m skeptical. Here’s hoping that the material is worth sticking around for. What do you think about Powerless?

Powerless premieres February 2nd on NBC.

(via Screen Crush, image via screencap)

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