Superhero and Cop-Drama genres collide in new FX Pilot, Powers

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The TV industry is determined to get a comic-book adaption hit this upcoming season. Amongst worthy contenders like Hulk and Jessica Jones is Powers.

Powers is a TV pilot in development for the FX cable channel based on the superhero crime drama of the same name created by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Avon Oeming. It’s Homicide: Life On The Street with capes, pretty much… (Powerstv.com)

Powers is sort of a multi-genre comic, having elements of superhero fantasy, cop-drama, and crime noir. The heroes of the comic are detectives Christian Walker and his partner Deena Pilgrim, who work specifically with cases that involve “powers” – or any person with superhuman abilities. In the culture of the version of the world in this story, super powers are not out of the ordinary. As one would imagine, with so many super-powered beings running around, things can get a little messy.

The filming of the pilot has officially wrapped up, it is not to air until about June of 2012.The picture you see is the first official still from the pilot, featuring Jason Patric as Christian Walker. John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX Networks, commented on the casting choice of Patric. “We’ve been asked repeatedly why it has taken so long to bring our series adaptation of Powers to fruition. It is for the same reason we cast Jason Patric in this role; we are aiming for something extraordinary … The lead role of Detective Christian Walker is an extremely layered character and we needed Jason, who was so brilliant in films like Narc and Rush, to bring him fully to life. He is pitch perfect for this role and we are honored that he chose FX for his first foray into episodic television.”

Patric will be starring next to Bailee Madison (Calista), Lucy Punch (Deena Pilgrim), Vinnie Jones (Johnny Royalle), and Alona Tal (Zora).

Networks are battling for the next big comic-book-based TV show. Which show will be the next Walking Dead? Even better, the next Smallville? Powers, thus far, is creating quite a bit of buzz with its lethal cop-drama/superhero combo.

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