Su­per Troop­ers

Brian Michael Bendis spills on his comic mak­ing t he screen

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red alert - Pow­ers will be avail­able to con­sole- own­ing PlaySta­tion Plus mem­bers for free this win­ter.

The first word on PlaySta­tion’s Pow­ers adap­ta­tion.

With all the cos­tumed

crime fight­ers on TV, some­one needs to keep them in check. That’s where Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim come in. The lead char­ac­ters in the PlaySta­tion Net­work’s 10episode adap­ta­tion of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oem­ing’s Mar­vel/ Icon se­ries Pow­ers, are homi­cide de­tec­tives in a so­ci­ety full of dan­ger­ous su­per­hu­mans.

“The idea be­hind the show is, ‘ what would po­lice of­fi­cers be like in a world where there are su­per­heroes, where the laws of physics are be­ing bro­ken and where ev­ery crime has it’s own unique set of ev­i­dence they have to chase?’,” ex­plains Bendis, who is also act­ing as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer along­side showrun­ner Charlie Hus­ton. “There’s an early scene where they have a dead per­son whose heart has lit­er­ally ex­ploded to liq­uid but they don’t know how.”

While caped cru­saders are at the fore­front of Ar­row and The Flash, Walker and Deena will re­main at the very hu­man heart of Pow­ers. “We’re fully im­mersed in the cop genre,” says Bendis. “And you know what I love? I love a bul­let with a trail of ev­i­dence that leads you right back to the per­son who shot the bul­let. With this, it’s mad­den­ing. But what’s cool is that we get to come at this fic­tion with this new an­gle, which is that th­ese very smart and dam­aged po­lice of­fi­cers have to use ev­ery tool in their tool­box to fig­ure out th­ese crimes. Be­tween Deena and the gen­er­a­tion of po­lice of­fi­cers in her fam­ily and Walker hav­ing been a Power in the past, the two of them know a lot of stuff so they’re a per­fect match for each other – as long as they don’t kill each other first!”

While the choice of Sharlto Co­p­ley ( Dis­trict 9) as Walker has been greeted pos­i­tively, some con­cern was ex­pressed after Susan Hey­ward ( The Fol­low­ing) landed the part of Deena. “Much like in the comic book, Deena is a real gi­gan­tic part of the show and the cast­ing was very im­por­tant,” says Bendis. “I knew that some peo­ple were sur­prised that we race- bended the role but it won’t be so sur­pris­ing when you ac­tu­ally see her. She’s Deena through and through and she won it against peo­ple who looked ex­actly like Deena.”

sci- fact! A failed Pow­ers pi­lot at FX cast Ja­son Pa­tric as Walker. Deena and Walker could not agree on which moody pose was best.

Post- TNG, Ge­ordi was able to be him­self.

Smoking is not

a su­per power,

kids.

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