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Alan Tudyk plays Bruce Wayne's douchey cousin in NBC's Powerless

01.16.2017

So Alan Tudyk's role in NBC's superhero-sitcom POWERLESS has just been revealed, and he's playing none-other-than Van Wayne, Bruce Wayne's never mentioned before cousin. Which...okay. I guess it'd make sense Bruce Wayne would have extended relatives. Still, this is not a great sign. It reeks of the time Lex Luthor had his nephew Lenny Luthor show up in SUPERMAN IV.

Anyway, here's a promo showing off more of Tudyk as Van Wayne, who is the boss at Wayne Security where main character Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) works as Director of Research & Development:

Of course Tudyk is killing it and clearly having fun (though that "B Dubs" line is groan-worthy). But there are definitely a few good lines (I like the jokes about the "big picture" and the company motto), and I still love the concept. I have hope.

Either way, POWERLESS will premiere on NBC February 2nd, 2017 at 8 PM PT/ET.

Extra Tidbit: Will we find out about Bruce Wayne's aunt and uncle then? I wonder what they'll be like (and who'll they'll cast to play them).
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10:19PM on 01/16/2017
This late change to the character reeks of relevant desperation for the show to not get canceled after five episodes.
This late change to the character reeks of relevant desperation for the show to not get canceled after five episodes.
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7:24PM on 01/16/2017

But Van has . . . "abilities"!

If Tudyk can do all this as Van (from the DC Database site), I'm on board EVERY week:
Abilities
Fencing: Vanderveer is the champion of his school's fencing club.
Gymnastics: Vanderveer has a personal gymnastic instructor and he is well versed on the subject.
If Tudyk can do all this as Van (from the DC Database site), I'm on board EVERY week:
Abilities
Fencing: Vanderveer is the champion of his school's fencing club.
Gymnastics: Vanderveer has a personal gymnastic instructor and he is well versed on the subject.
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6:21PM on 01/16/2017

Awesome idea

The whole point of the show is to point fun at the absurdities of the DCU and superhero comics in general, and this seems like a perfect fit with that plus provides a fun connection to the larger universe. If they can have the occasional Supergirl/Flash character cameo I'll be totally happy (although I realize their on different networks, I'm sure they can work something out for the sake of a ratings boost if they really want to).
The whole point of the show is to point fun at the absurdities of the DCU and superhero comics in general, and this seems like a perfect fit with that plus provides a fun connection to the larger universe. If they can have the occasional Supergirl/Flash character cameo I'll be totally happy (although I realize their on different networks, I'm sure they can work something out for the sake of a ratings boost if they really want to).
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6:02PM on 01/16/2017

Great concept....

Crossing my fingers that they pull it off. Some of the jokes seem made for trailers (and would just kind of hang there and die in an hour-long show). But it's really smart to try this in the middle of the superhero overdose of shows we're getting from TV, Netflix and movies.
Crossing my fingers that they pull it off. Some of the jokes seem made for trailers (and would just kind of hang there and die in an hour-long show). But it's really smart to try this in the middle of the superhero overdose of shows we're getting from TV, Netflix and movies.
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5:52PM on 01/16/2017
Love Tudyk and love the concept but haven't laughed at much of what I have seen.....yet. Let's see how it pans out.

Oh and Vandaveer Wayne does actually exist in the comics. Maybe only in one edition, but is a genuine DC character.
Love Tudyk and love the concept but haven't laughed at much of what I have seen.....yet. Let's see how it pans out.

Oh and Vandaveer Wayne does actually exist in the comics. Maybe only in one edition, but is a genuine DC character.
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5:22PM on 01/16/2017
Wait, so you love the concept of the show, but Tudyk killing it as Batman's cousin is not a great sign? I'm confused. I also love the concept, but man the execution looks bad. Network TV is falling further and further behind the content Netflix, Amazon, FX, etc are putting out. It just feels safe and stale.
Wait, so you love the concept of the show, but Tudyk killing it as Batman's cousin is not a great sign? I'm confused. I also love the concept, but man the execution looks bad. Network TV is falling further and further behind the content Netflix, Amazon, FX, etc are putting out. It just feels safe and stale.
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5:31PM on 01/16/2017
I like the concept of normal people in a world where superheroes exist. I'm not sure they needed to explicitly have a never-before-seen Wayne in the mix though. Having Hudgens work at "Wayne Security" would suffice, imo.
I like the concept of normal people in a world where superheroes exist. I'm not sure they needed to explicitly have a never-before-seen Wayne in the mix though. Having Hudgens work at "Wayne Security" would suffice, imo.
6:30PM on 01/16/2017
Never before seen Wayne? Do your research, man!

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Never before seen Wayne? Do your research, man!

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4:24PM on 01/16/2017
It's not that bad of an idea. This is a very tongue-in-cheek show about the world of superheroes. I don't think it's meant to be taken as canon for the actual DC universe. I think you're really over-thinking this when you should just sit back and enjoy the joke.
It's not that bad of an idea. This is a very tongue-in-cheek show about the world of superheroes. I don't think it's meant to be taken as canon for the actual DC universe. I think you're really over-thinking this when you should just sit back and enjoy the joke.
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