PlayStation and Sony Pictures TV have found their SuperShock. Michael Madsen (The Hateful Eight) has been cast in the key role, one of the world’s most famous and mysterious superheroes.
Inspired by the graphic novels of the same name, Powers follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), who are assigned to investigate cases involving people with extraordinary abilities, referred to as “Powers.”
Powers has taken significant liberties with the source material, but in the comic, SuperShock exists, essentially, to answer the question of “what would happen if Superman went senile, and insane.” A member of the Powers version of The Superfriends (in a dark parody of classic, campy cartoon based on DC superheroes), he eventually becomes the central figure in a major tonal shift for the long-running series, the implications of which are still being examined in the current storyline.
The TV series version of SuperShock is described as the ultimate Power for whom the term “superhero” was coined, a perfect physical specimen with an unparalleled presence that catapulted him to global fame. After retiring at the height of his career under mysterious circumstances and disappearing from public view, he emerges for the first time in forty years after the death of Retro Girl.
Production on the second season is underway in Atlanta with Remi Aubuchon taking the reins as the sole showrunner. Powers will debut on PlayStation Network in 2016.