DC Entertainment has released the never-aired episode of NBC’s “Powerless” featuring a cameo appearance by “Batman” actor Adam West, who passed away last week. “DC All Access” is presenting the entire episode for a limited time on its YouTube channel as a tribute to the thespian.
In the episode, titled “Win, Luthor, Draw,” West plays Dean West, the chairman of Wayne Industries, who travels from Gotham to Charm City’s Wayne Security to demand staff cuts. Chairman West tells Van Wayne (Alan Tudyk) and Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) that because of the dastardly alien attack on Gotham — where Wayne Security’s mother company Wayne Industries is based — Emily has to fire one of her department heads.
But because Emily doesn’t want to fire anyone from Teddy (Danny Pudi), Ron (Ron Funches) and Wendy (Jennie Pierson), Emily finds a way to meet Chairman West’s desired expense budget without axing any of her friends. Emily’s effort, however, backfires. Because when Chairman West finds out that Wayne Security could actually be more profitable, he decides to sell it to its rival LexCorp.
“Will this ragtag band of plucky performers keep their precious positions or will they be thrown to the wolves?,” West says directly into the camera, parodying the cliffhanger endings of “Batman” but confusing the Wayne Security employees. “Find out next week. That’s when the head of HR gets back from vacation.”
Watch the whole episode below to see whether or not Emily and her team actually end up working for LexCorp.
West’s episode, which was supposed to be the season finale of “Powerless,” never made it to air because the series was canceled by NBC in April. The official cancellation of the show, which also stars Christina Kirk as Jackie, came shortly after the network pulled the final three episodes of the series from its Thursday night lineup.
Following a brief battle with leukemia, West died in Los Angeles on June 9, at the age of 88. Although West’s “Batman” only lasted for only two and a half seasons, airing from January 1966 to March 1968, the New York Times reported that the show was such a phenomenon that West appeared in costume on the cover of Life magazine, the highest tribute to national popularity at the time.