Wolfe (Eddie Izzard)
50 Shades of Izzard? Not exactly. PlayStation’s first original scripted series, Powers, introduces us to a world with plenty of super powers, but no superheroes—just a gifted portion of the population using what they have to get ahead, occasionally killing people (and being killed) in the process. Powers follows two cops (Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward) assigned to handle such cases. ”It matches up the best things about a cop show with the best things about the superhero genre and allows us to tell stories that completely deconstruct and reinvent everything about our culture,” says executive producer Brian Michael Bendis, who also co-created the Powers comic book the series is based on with Michael Avon Oeming. One of the detectives’ top priorities is Eddie Izzard’s ”Big Bad” Wolfe, here imprisoned in solitary confinement, where he’s been repeatedly lobotomized for decades to keep his regenerative powers at bay. ”I was slightly worried, because Wolfe does kill and eat people—and I had just come off Hannibal!” the actor says. ”But I haven’t seen a character like this before.” A truly original super-power character? You won’t have to strap us down for that.