Here's our first look at Jason Patric as detective Christian Walker in the TV adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming graphic novel Powers. The story is set in a world where superheroes are just a part of life. It centers on two detectives, Christian Walker (Patric) and Deena Pilgrim (Lucy Punch), in a Homicide department that deals with cases involving superpowers. The pilot episode will be written by Charles H. Eglee, and directed by Michael Dinner.
This sounds like it could end up being a pretty awesome show. Patric is a freakin' awesome actor, and this seems like a great role that fits him perfectly. Executive producer Charles Eglee and FX president John Landgraf recently talked about the show during a press conference from the set. One of the things Eglee revealed is that the TV series wont be a retelling of the stories from the comic book, and say's,
For me it was about creating some interesting characters in a law enforcement context, and it just so happens that the bad guys they’re fighting have abilities that regular people don’t have. I just look at our bad guys as metaphors for real-life characters.
Landgraf had this to say at the Television Critics Association press tour,
The superhero genre is ripe for reinvention. Everything television has ever done in that genre is the equivalent of an 8 or a 9 o’clock show -– light, breezy, special effects-oriented. I’m not saying that Powers isn’t fun, but it aspires to be a serious drama, and it’s fascinating to me to try to reshape and reinvent familiar genres.
What are your thought's on this new series? Do you think it's going to turn out being a great show? What do you think about the first image of Jason Patric?
Here's the synopsis from the comic:
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