by David Nieves
In what would have been a better announcement for San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel architect Brian Michael Bendis took the stage in the LA Sports Arena for Sony’s E3 Press Conference last night. He was up there to talk about his and co-creator Michael Avon Oeming’s series Powers. Sony made the announcement that Powers, the TV show, would be coming as content to Playstation. Though no trailer was shown, Bendis did have some concept art to show the crowd. Powers was announced to debut in December and PlayStation owners who subscribe to the PlayStation Plus service will get to see every episode for free. The TV series will take the form of a live-action, hour-long show, with approximately 10 episodes in the first season. Charlie Huston is the scriptwriter on the pilot, and former Falling Skies head writer Remi Aubuchon is on board to share showrunner duties with Huston. Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming are credited as executive producers.
Being in the arena to hear the news was great, it truly felt like a big announcement. However, it seemed a bit out of place both for the event and it’s place in the program. With only concept art to go with the announcement and no casting news, one couldn’t help but think this would have been a much bigger deal next month at SDCC. As far as where they put Bendis in the lineup; he was brought on stage after the crowd had become amp’ed on Destiny and Little Big Planet news. In a room full of gamers, only a small fraction of the audience cared enough about the announcement to cheer. Sony didn’t seem to realize that a room full of gamers and a room full of comic book fans aren’t always the same audience.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m over the moon that Powers is even coming to TV. The series was fantastic, and it still holds up to this date. Watching Bendis on stage you couldn’t help but ask what PlayStation was thinking doing this now with almost nothing to show. Sony is sure to have a little more to announce on this next month in San Diego but for now let’s enjoy Bendis in a suit.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.