Ben Queen Exits NBC's DC Comics Comedy Powerless


Deadline reports that Powerless creator, executive producer and showrunner Ben Queen is leaving the series prior to the beginning of production.

The series, NBC's single-camera comedy about an insurance company in the DC Comics universe, came together in a whirlwind development process and ended up on the network's mid-season slate. Vanessa Hudgens was cast as an insurance adjuster fed up with superheroes and wary of her new Lex Luthor-emulating supervisor. Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk were also cast and Alan Tudyk came on board as the new supervisor.

The pilot screened at Comic-Con last month and according to Bleeding Cool's Anthony Desiato, the episode was "generally humorous" with a spark of chemistry between Hudgens and Pudi and laughs derived from "a world that is usually taken very seriously on screen."

Queen's choice to leave is being characterized as a mutual decision and as the search for a new showrunner begins, production on the series will be postponed two weeks. The delay is not expected to affect its mid-season debut on NBC.