Like so many others — think Cara Delevingne, Margot Robbie, Ben Affleck, Chris Pine, Gal Gadot, and so on and so forth — Vanessa Hudgens has officially joined the DC Comics universe. Only instead of donning a pair of tights and fighting crime, the "Grease: Live" star will play a no-name with a 9-to-5 desk job, forced to watch from her office window as gorgeous muscle-monsters save the world.
TVLine reports that Hudgens will star in the pilot of NBC's "Powerless," a single-camera workplace sitcom that "centers on the exceedingly average employees at one of the worst insurance companies in America" — only for them the corporate monotony is even worse, since they have to cope with being ordinary in a superhero-centric universe. Hudgens' character is Emily Locke, a claims adjuster who hates how much the heroes' antics interrupt her day job.
As a fan of Hudgens' work it's slightly disappointing to hear she's joining the DC family in a role that requires no ass-kicking, but after seeing what she can do with song and dance routines ("Grease: Live"/"High School Musical") and dramatic fare ("Spring Breakers"/"Gimme Shelter"), it's exciting to think of how great she could be at comedy.
If "Powerless" is picked up for a full season, it will be the first DC Comics comedy on television — and the first full-time TV gig for Hudgens. There are worse things she could do.