Christian Walker will return for a new season, exclusively on the PlayStation Network.
According to Variety, Sony has renewed their PlayStation original series “Powers” — based off the Marvel/Icon comic book series of the same name — for a second season, to air sometime in 2016. The series, which stars Sharlto Copley (District 9) as Christian Walker and Susan Heyward (Mother of George) as Deena Pilgrim, has been well received from Sony’s perspective, as the company has called it, “the most-watched series premiere on PlayStation Network.” It should be noted, though, that “Powers” currently stands as the first major effort by Sony to create original scripted content exclusively on their PlayStation Network, with other series premieres having bowed on other networks and formats before being made available for purchase there. Sony hasn’t released any viewing numbers for the series, either.
Still, “Powers” is derived from a highly critically acclaimed comic book series by writer Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers) and artist Michael Avon Oeming (Judge Dredd, Atomic Robo), and deals with a former superpowered being (Walker, Sharlto Copley’s character) working as a detective in a special homicide division of the Chicago Police Department called “Powers.” In a world where superheroes and villains exist, the Powers division investigates crimes that involve superhumans, with Walker having joined the department after his own career as a superhero came to an end.
Overall critical reception to the show seems mixed, but many critics have gone out of their way to highlight the fantastic world-building potential it could have in subsequent seasons. The Powers comic book series — which began life at Image before moving to Marvel’s Icon imprint — is still running in it’s fourth consecutive series entitled Powers Bureau. As a series that’s been running pretty consistently for the last 15 years, there’s no shortage of solid material for the show to adapt now that it will have a second turn next year.
All episodes of “Powers” season 1 are currently available for free to all PlayStation Plus subscribers, and the pilot can be watched for free by anyone on PSN. Sony also released the pilot online to YouTube, which you can watch below. For more on the series as it continues to take shape, keep an eye on GeekNation.
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