Warning: spoilers ahead for the Powerless premiere! Don't read any further if you haven't seen the first episode of the brand new NBC series!
It's no secret that DC knows how to make a fantastic TV series. For all of its missteps on the silver screen, DC's television projects like Gotham and the Arrow-verse have managed to nail the tone and style that fans expect from this particular universe. Now, Detective Comics has finally decided to get into the realm of comedy with NBC's new workplace series Powerless, and the result is a hilariously worthy addition to the small screen DC mythos.
After only one episode, Powerless has already thoroughly proven that it has a profound understanding of the world in which it lives. The series premiere alone seemed packed to the brim with delightful DC references, so we have taken it upon ourselves to compile some of the best. Check out our list of DC Easter eggs from the Powerless series premiere and let us know which one was your favorite! Without further delay, let's kick this off with a character who definitively proves that Powerless isn't messing around when it comes to its obscure DC characters.
What It Refers To: Vanderveer "Van" Wayne is Bruce Wayne's dimwitted cousin and a thorn in the side of The Caped Crusader whose publication history dates as far back as 1962. He has not appeared in DC Comics too many times, but his most famous pre-Powerless appearance occurred when he hired a con man to portray Batman while he imitated Robin in an attempt to impress Bruce and Dick Grayson. Spoiler alert: it didn't work.
How It Was Used in The Episode: Although the basic characterization of Alan Tudyk's Van Wayne remains relatively consistent with what DC fans remember from the 1960s, his narrative purpose has changed substantially. In Powerless, the lesser Wayne the head of the Charm City branch of Wayne Security, and seemingly positioned as a minor workplace antagonist against Vanessa Hudgens' Emily Locke. It's a modern twist on a classic DC archetype, and one that was only added when the pilot got retooled.