At the annual E3 show in Los Angeles last June, you may remember that comic book legend Brian Michael Bendis took to the stage at the PlayStation press briefing to announce that a TV adaptation of his acclaimed superhero series Powers was in development and would debut on PlayStation Network.
Today, we’re happy to confirm that the show – which stars the likes of Sharlto Copley, Eddie Izzard and Noah Taylor – will be coming to the PAL region in 2015. Look out for more news soon as launch approaches.
In the meantime, the show’s executive producer and showrunner, Charlie Huston, has kindly contributed a few words detailing his experiences working on the series, and a brand new behind the scenes featurette, offering a glimpse at what to expect. Over to you Charlie:
Long before I became involved with POWERS, years before I met Brian Michael Bendis or Michael Avon Oeming (I like that both those guys buck the single name branding trend by going with their full spread three-stack names. I tried it, but my full name makes me sound like a reject from the Monty Python Upper Class Twit of the Year Award sketch), long before I had any involvement in TV as a business, lo those many years ago, I was given an opportunity to write some comic books.
Like any healthy geek introvert, I’d been a fan of comics as a kid and a teen, but as the years passed and I developed any number of unhealthy bad habits that distracted me from such things, my visits to the local shop diminished and, finally, disappeared. Which did nothing to diminish my immense excitement at the prospect of writing a superhero comic book for Marvel comics. The rub being that I had no idea about what was going on in comics, let alone any idea of how to write a comic. So I started doing research. How do you research comic books?
You read a bunch of comic books, man. And I did. And I found that in the decades I’d been away from them, comics had come a loooong way. I read a load of really good stuff. Chief among that were several titles by this guy Brian Michael Bendis. And chief among those titles was a book called POWERS. So, to learn how to write comics, I studied Brian Michael Bendis and, more specifically, I studied POWERS.
I’m still studying POWERS, but with a far different perspective. My days just now are spent in editing bays studying the footage from the POWERS TV show that I am somehow, utterly improbably, helping to create. Shortly you will get a chance to see a little behind the scenes featurette that teases all our efforts, and shortly after that, you get to start watching the show.
I’m cutting the tenth and final episode right now, watching, over and over, the culmination of years’ worth of planning and writing and rewriting and starts and stops and more rewriting and disasters and miracles and… and… and… and really, this is just the beginning.