Alan Tudyk’s Powerless Character Is Bruce Wayne’s Cousin

Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Atlin Mitchell, star in NBC’s superhero comedy Powerless but Alan Tudyk has a special role, that of Bruce Wayne’s cousin.

Powerless, not to be confused with Marvel’s comic of the same name, is the first sitcom adaptation of DC Comics’ properties and also stars Christina Kirk and Ron Funches. It’s not a straight adaptation but will reference or allude to many of our favorite characters:

Emily Locke lands her dream job as Director of Research and Development for Wayne Security in Charm City, home to super heroes and villains and citizens fed up with the collateral damage of their constant fighting. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her aspirations far exceed those of her new boss and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.

Original showrunner Ben Queen had departed the project due to “creative differences” back in August last year so we’re not sure how much has changed from the pilot that some got the chance to view at San Diego Comic-Con. Queen told /Film at SDCC, “Within the city, we’re using, let’s just call them less recognizable superheroes within the city, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deal with Green Lantern-related insurance claims that you hear about.”

We know the company Hudgens’ character worked at was previously called Retcon Insurance so it will be interesting to see what else winds up playing a part considering the latest teaser goes heavy on the “Bruce Wayne” connection. Though Tudyk being Bruce’s cousin begs the question: did Tudyk’s mother and father raise this version of the Caped Crusader?

The first episode, titled “Wayne or Lose,” premieres Thursday, February 2 at 8:30/7:30c.

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2 Responses to “Alan Tudyk’s Powerless Character Is Bruce Wayne’s Cousin”

  1. WheelchairNinja says:

    Hurm… the first trailer we got it was an insurance company and Tudyk’s character was named Del Heller, son of the CEO. Now it’s a protective gear company that’s a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises and he’s Bruce’s cousin… **sigh** You know DC, not everything you do has be Batman. I know you think you have to put his name on everything–Batman: Assault on Arkham that’s actually a Suicide Squad movie, Batman v Superman instead of Man of Steel 2, giving Green Arrow his own show but giving him Bruce’s personality and villains so he’s exactly like Batman except with a bow–but you really, really don’t.