Fresh from his heroic marathon Sport Relief charity exploits (opens in new tab), Eddie Izzard reveals his villainous side in Powers, a US sci-fi crime thriller new to Spike.
Created by the team who made The Walking Dead, Powers turns the concept of superheroes on its head and asks: what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t heroic at all?
Powers follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), while the ensemble cast includes Eddie as a villain Wolfe, plus Noah Taylor, Michelle Forbes, Olesya Rulin, Max Fowler, Adam Godley and Logan Browning. The detectives in the Powers Division are assigned to investigate cases involving people with extraordinary abilities who use them for mischief, mayhem, murder, and... endorsement deals.
Acting Spike manager Anna-Belen Dunlop said: “I’m delighted to welcome edgy crime drama, Powers to the Spike schedule. With a great cast and impressive effects, it’s an exciting twist on the superhero genre. I’m sure our audience will enjoy it as much as From Dusk Till Dawn, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.”
The series is based on the graphic novel series of the same name (opens in new tab), and is executive produced by the team behind Caprica (the prequel to Battlestar Galactica) and iconic comics including Marvel’s Ultimate series, Daredevil and Judge Dredd. Powers is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.
Watch the trailer (Warning – there is strong language):
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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