Powers co-creator and writer Brian Michael Bendis called into the Geektime radio show on Sirius XM channel Howard 100 and revealed that Carly Foulkes will play the role of Retro Girl, the first character murdered in FX’s adaptation of Powers, a drama following two homicide detectives in a world inhabited by super powered beings.
Foulkes may not be a recognizable name, but many will recognize her in the T-Moble commercials as the company spokesperson. Even though she is murdered, Foulkes’ image will be used throughout the show on billboards, and advertisements. “She’s the Princess Di of the Powers World.”
Bendis also spoke well of Lucy Punch who came out of nowhere to earn the role of co-lead Deena Pilgrim. “Lucy came in and destroyed it,” Bendis said. “She transformed herself into Deena. She’s bringing something that no one expected. We said to ourselves,’That’s what Deena is–unexpected’ She should teach a class on auditioning.”
It’s been a long journey for Bendis and co-creator and artist Mike Avon Oeming, sharing that it’s been 11 years in the making, three of which have been spent at FX. Shooting begins at Chicago in a few weeks and locations have been scouted for months. “FX’s been a great situation.”
We can’t wait.
Bendis shared some other tidbits with projects he’s worked on:
• Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon will hopefully see the light of day at the end of the year to early 2012. Bendis wrote three episodes which have all been recorded and describes it as a “crazy, silly show.” Men of Action Studios is producing (Joe Casey, Steven T. Seagle, Duncan Rouleau, and Joe Kelly) along with Paul Dini.
• The death of Peter Parker in the pages of Ultimate Spider-Man was a natural progression and will stick. Marvel has full commitment to the story line and will not bring Parker back in the pages of Ultimate Spidey.
• Bendis shared an amusing story where he consulted on the Spider-Man musical Turn Off The Dark five years ago and had a falling out with original director Julie Taymor with all of the fundamental changes she wanted to the Spider-man story, comparing it to re-writing Shakespeare in his world. All of the changes she wanted to make made it in and were the most criticized segments of the production, especially the character of Arachne played by T.V. Carpio.