The Playstation Network has officially released it’s first original series for streaming: Powers. The series is based on a graphic novel of the same name by Brian Michael Bendis. Powers has been in development since 2001 and started life as a film production for Sony Entertainment. The production never found its legs and Powers turned into a prospective show for FX Networks. The pilot was greenlit and shot in 2011. Reshoots were planned, but that iteration of the show never came to fruition. On March 10, 2015, Powers was finally released to the world via Playstation Network.
Powers follows Christian Walker, played by Sharlto Copley, an ex-superhero who has lost his powers and now works as a homicide detective. Walker’s nemesis “Big Bad” Wolfe, is played by veteran villain Eddie Izzard. The first three episodes are available for streaming now and feature decapitations, silly costumes, and of course: super powers. The show has garnered a lukewarm response, with many criticizing the clunky pilot and deviation from source material.
Playstation’s release structure differs slightly from the Netflix model of releasing entire seasons of original content at once. Powers’ first three episodes are available to stream, but the following episodes will be released one by one on each subsequent Tuesday. The pilot is available for all to stream for free. Other episodes must be bought individually or as a season pass unless you are Playstation Plus member.