‘Powerless’: Alan Tudyk’s Van Wayne Exists In DC Comics

Powerless Van WayneIt was revealed a couple of weeks ago that Alan Tudyk’s character on the upcoming series Powerless, set in the DC Universe, had gotten a major name change. Meet Van Wayne, the head of Wayne Security and is cousins with none other than Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Gotham City’s detective, Batman. While it did seem that Van was an original character, that isn’t the case at all. The fan page Powerless Brazil made the observation recently that Van actually exists in the DC Universe.

Vanderveer “Van” Wayne made his debut in #148 of Batman (Vol. 1) from June 1962 and was created by Bill Finger (co-creators of Batman) and artist Sheldon Moldoff. During a visit to his cousin, Van got into big trouble as he posed as the Dark Knight’s sidekick, Robin, while he hired a con-artist to impersonate the Caped Crusader. Why? Because he wanted to impress Dick Grayson, the first Boy Wonder, who hadn’t told Van that he and Bruce were Batman and Robin. The dynamic duo eventually had to save Van.

It remains to be seen whether or not Powerless’ version of Van knows that his famous cousin works as a vigilante at night. The show’s take on Van is described as a “self-proclaimed rich, over-educated globetrotting wastrel”. While he is mad for power, he is also described as a “disastrous dictator of a boss”.

“In a world where humanity must cope with the collateral damage of Super Heroes and Super-Villains, Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) begins her first day as Director of Research & Development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her expectations far exceed those of her new boss (Alan Tudyk) and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.

Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Len Goldstein, Marc Buckland and Dean Lorey are executive producers of “Powerless.” The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and is based on the characters from DC.”

Powerless debuts on Thursday, February 2 at 8:30/7:30c on NBC.

H/T: Powerless Brazil

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.


    Yeah, I’d already known this, but good catch just the same.

  • Darthmanwe

    The ghosts of golden age…. Now all we need is the douchebag superman back.