DC Comics is taking a different direction with Powerless, a sitcom that just got a full-series order from NBC. The comedy follows an insurance adjuster, played by Vanessa Hudgens, who has to try and avoid paying for the ridiculous amounts of property damage superheroes cause as they fight supervillains. Interestingly, Powerless has access to DC’s complete toybox, and the show is, from all appearances, willing to be obscure. The pilot will feature the Crimson Fox, a superheroine who’s barely appeared in DC’s comics since the ’90s.
This is a feature of DC’s shows: The Flash and Arrow both gleefully pull forgotten villains like the Bug-Eyed Bandit and Double Down off the shelves. So if Powerless is going to dig that deep in the back bench, then they should pull out some of DC’s, ah, less acclaimed heroes and villains. Here are just a few suggestions.
The Blue Snowman first appeared in a Wonder Woman story in 1946 and has two unique features. One, Bryna Brilyant (yes, really) is not, in fact, a dude. Two, people call her the “Blue Snowman” because she goes around in what amounts to power armor hidden inside a mascot costume. That said, she does have a “blue snow” gun, which can cryogenically freeze anybody in seconds, so you’d think she’d be dangerous. Instead, well, featured above is her most dignified moment.
In the Golden Age, Air Wave was a law clerk who decided to fight crime by using a police scanner and special roller skates that would let him ride on phone lines. He also had a parrot sidekick that he talked to a lot, because, let’s face it, nobody talks to a guy in a green singlet on roller skates. He was later redesigned so he could turn into energy, and thus actually be an effective superhero. But his goofy roots remain, and the fact that he’s the cousin of the far more popular Green Lantern really doesn’t help.
You know how a gun is called a “sidearm?” This guy heard that and decided he could improve on a gun, by designing a vest that gave him a third arm and committing crimes with it. First appearing in Superboy in the early ’90s, he doesn’t even have the dignity of being intelligent enough to build his own gimmick, instead buying it off another obscure supervillain. As a result, he’s about as effective as he sounds.