During NBC’s turn at the Television Critics Association press tour, they did a presentation for their new DC Comics based series Powerless. Executive producer Justin Halpern was describing the relationship between Alan Tudyk’s recently named character Van Wayne and his more famous cousin Billionaire Bruce Wayne. He compared it to the Rockefellers and a bunch of hanger-on relatives they employed and then said: “You’ve got Trump and then you’ve got the idiot sons.” When there were some gasps in the crowd, Halpern asked: “Is that a secret?”
Tudyk described his new character as: “Kind of happy in his own ignorance. He’s blithely stupid. … I look forward to playing him as long as I can.”
When asked how much DC will let the show laugh at their universe, Halpern responded with: “The lesson I’ve learned it to ask for everything – or, just go with it and get a laugh at the table read and then they’re stuck.” and he cited: “Among the challenges is the quantity of red tape created by the Berlanti-verse on another network.”
I suddenly get an image of Marc Guggenheim, Bruno Heller and Halpern fighting over the proverbial toy box for characters.