Powers series will appear on PlayStation Network

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The trials and troubles that plagued the Powers television series meant that for a long time the hope of seeing the series actually make it to air (or cable) seemed impossible.  It looks like we’ll be able to see the series this fall, when Sony releases the series on the PlayStation Network.

Brian Michael Bendis took to the stage on Monday to announce that Sony has fully greenlit the series for release in December.

“Every case is going to show us something new about our characters, it’s going to show us something about what we’ve developed in the comic, which is a pretty sprawling mythology about superheroes,” said Bendis. “It’s also going to show us what a world with superheroes would really be like, how we would really treat them; how they would immerse our culture, how they would affect our fashion. We’re just immensely proud of it.”

I’m sure many comic book fans will jump at the chance to watch the series, but like the recent Hulk announcement, there is a catch to the Powers series. While viewers will be able to watch the first episode for free, they will be required to have a PlayStation Plus account to watch all of the episodes free of charge.  There wasn’t clear wording if this meant viewers could buy individual episodes, but it certainly seems like a way to limit viewership by all parties involved. A one year pre-paid membership for PlayStation Plus runs between $39.99 and $49.99 depending on where you get it. It will be interesting to see what happens here as the series will launch in December, right about the time subscriptions that everyone bought last year for the holidays runs out.

As far as the lead image goes, don’t worry, this isn’t going to be an animated series, this was simply a piece of concept art used in the development of the series.

You can watch the Powers presentation below.

Bendis promised a number of teases and announcements will spill out from Sony (and presumably Marvel) all summer long.