The Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming graphic novel Powers is getting a small screen adaptation on FX, and Lucy Punch has landed the led female role in the series. The pilot episode will be written by Charles H. Eglee, and directed by Michael Dinner. The story is set in a world where superheroes are just a part of life. It centers on two detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim (Punch), in a Homicide department that deals with cases involving superpowers.
This sounds like a very cool concept, and I think it will make for a great series. Just the concept alone is enough to get me to watch it. As for Lucy Punch being cast in the role, she has been in films such as Dinner for Schmucks, Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and the upcoming film Bad teacher. Powers is a great project for anyone to work on and I'm sure she'll do fine in the role, only time will tell. She looks like she could fit a female detective role though.
The series starts shooting in Chicago this summer.
Here is the synopsis from the graphic novel:
Powers is set in a world where superpowers are relatively common but not mundane. It follows the lives of two detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, police officers in a Homicide department devoted to cases that involve "powers" (people with superpowers). Walker himself used to be a costumed superhero named Diamond, but became a police officer after he lost his abilities. Though stripped of his powers, he still retains his contacts within the superhero community, even becoming engaged to an ex-colleague, who is later killed. In later issues, Walker is offered the chance to become the world's latest secret Guardian as part of The Millennium Guard, a secret group of intergalactic guardians, accepting the responsibility and the powers that come with it.
Deena Pilgrim, his partner, is also hiding at least one troubling secret. She contracted superpowers during a fight with an underworld thug named the Bug, an event which she kept under wraps. As a result of this, she unintentionally kills her abusive boyfriend in self-defense, and hides the evidence, although coming under investigation by Internal Affairs. However after a series of events involving Retro Girl going undercover, Triphammer cures Deena and she is no longer under the scrutiny of I.A