TV Review: Superhero cop show Powers struggles to take flight

An adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s comic book Powers has been in the works for over 10 years, with Sony Pictures first optioning the series for a film in 2001. A decade later, Sony and FX teamed up for a Powers pilot starring Charles S. Dutton, Lucy Punch, and Jason Patric, with a script by Charles H. Eglee, a veteran TV writer whose credits include St. Elsewhere, Moonlighting, The Shield, and current comic-book adaptation phenomenon The Walking Dead. That version of the concept never went to series, but in March of last year, Sony announced that a new Powers would debut on PlayStation Network, a first for the platform and a bid to compete with the original programming offered by streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.

All those years in development have resulted in a product that is considerably different than the comic. The …

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