Airdate: Superpowered: The DC Story

Superhero doco series features over 60 new and archival interviews with creators, actors and executives.

Documentary series Superpowered: The DC Story, premieres in late July on Binge and FOX Docos.

Narrated by Rosario Dawson, the series is co-directed by Leslie Iwerks (100 Years of Warner Bros., The Imagineering Story) and Mark Catalena (Johnny Carson: King of Late Night, Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times), with new episodes dropping weekly.

Narrated by Rosario Dawson, Superpowered: The DC Story takes an unprecedented look at the enduring and influential legacy of DC, allowing fans to rediscover the universe of characters, as well as the iconic comic book company’s origins, its evolution and its nearly nine-decade cultural impact across every artistic medium. Featuring a wealth of interviews with the industry’s most prolific creators and the actors who bring their iconic characters from the page to the screen, the documentary series reminds us that at the heart of DC are the comics – the four-colour fantasies that forever spark the imagination and instil hope.

The docuseries features over 60 new and archival interviews with the industry’s most prolific creators, actors and executives, including: Melissa Benoist, Greg Berlanti, Tim Burton, Mike Carlin, Lynda Carter, Henry Cavill, Kaley Cuoco, Gal Gadot, James Gunn, Patty Jenkins, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Keaton, Regina King, Zoë Kravitz, Jim Lee, Zachary Levi, Damon Lindelof, Tom Mankiewicz, Jason Momoa, Christopher Nolan, Robert Pattinson, Christopher Reeve, John Ridley, Margot Robbie, Bruce Timm, Michael E. Uslan and Mark Waid, among others.

Superpowered: The DC Story is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon, DC, Berlanti Productions and Iwerks & Co. The docuseries is executive produced by showrunner Leslie Iwerks, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, David Madden, Jim Lee and Doug Prinzivalli, with co-executive-producers Mark Catalena, Rachael Jerahian, Jonathan Gabay and Adam Schlagman. The series is co-directed by Iwerks and Catalena.

Episode 1: “The Hero’s Journey”
Thursday, July 20 on Binge (Friday July 21 on FOX Docos)
For over 85 years, DC has been home to a universe of iconic characters and unparalleled storytelling, but its origins began with the brilliant minds who created a Super Hero trinity: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. From survival to revival, DC navigates the birth of the sidekick, parental concerns after WWII, and a corporate takeover amid a struggle to stay current.

Episode 2: “Coming of Age”
Thursday July 27
During a period of declining comic book sales, a bold move resets DC’s entire universe, as the company decides to also take a gamble on a new Superman movie. While rivals begin to address pressing social issues, a determined DC introduces their first Black Super Hero and breaks story boundaries under their new imprint, Vertigo Comics, with the hopes of maturing comic books into an everlasting adult art form.

Episode 3: “A Better Tomorrow”
Thursday, August 3
Tired of being left out of the conversation, a group of diverse creators form Milestone Media to give voice to marginalized characters and stories born out of their own experiences. After more than eight decades of history, DC visionaries look toward a future that is representative of all in their ever-expanding universe.

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  1. Probably the point to remember when looking at the superhero genre is that WWII spawned numerous comic book superheroes, it was not an accident that the centre of this superhero universe just happened to be in America with the wartime success of DC’s Superman, Batman and Timely Comics (Marvel) Captain America during the 1940’s when the USA had become a global super power. Marvel sold more comics than DC in the 1980’s, and later in the 2000’s Stan Lee opened up a whole new CGI universe on cinema screens profiting from Marvel franchise merchandise. Until recently Marvel Studios had put the Warner Bros DC franchise more into the background, but with the DC and Marvel franchises being largely owned by large studios and their investors the original creative purpose of superhero characters to be invincible, invulnerable or extraordinary beings has been reimagined at arguably some financial cost for the two aging franchises.

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