As far as animated superhero series go, few shows have the magic that The Powerpuff Girls held. The beloved show premiered in 1998 and enchanted the world with movies, specials, and even a reboot in the years following. Now, your favorite heroes are coming back, this time all grown up in a live-action story. Here's all the news we have so far about The CW's The Powerpuff Girls, including cast, release date, and trailer news:
In case you didn't catch it the first time around, the Cartoon Network animated series was originally created by Craig McCracken and follows three little girls — Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup — who have some pretty major superpowers. After being accidentally created in a lab by Professor Utonium (who goes on to raise them as his own children), the three girls take it upon themselves to regularly save their town from villains.
So, how different will The CW's new version be from the original series? As of early 2021: very different. Not only will it be live-action, but it's actually set about 20 years after the original series, taking place in modern times. The beloved girls have now grown up and are grappling with the aftermath of having a less-than-traditional childhood. Even the new name is more grown up: It’s simply Powerpuff.
On March 9, 2021, the three main characters of The CW's Powerpuff were officially announced. According to Deadline, Chloe Bennet (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie), and Yana Perrault were set to serve as the leads and will be your *new* Powerpuff Girls. Bennet was cast to play the group's original leader Blossom, Cameron is playing the playful and charming Bubbles, and Perrault is playing the tough and rebellious Buttercup.
But that lineup apparently may not last. On Aug. 11, Variety reported Bennet was exiting the project due to “scheduling conflicts.” According to the trade magazine, with a scrapped pilot and new filming schedule, The CW had attempted to extend the actor’s contract, but unfortunately, things didn't work out. Recasting for the role is reportedly scheduled to happen come fall. Elite Daily reached out to The CW for comment on this report but did not hear back in time for publication.
On March 30, Variety reported Donald Faison (Murray from Clueless and Turk from Scrubs) would play the girls' father, Professor Utonium. On April 9, Deadline reported Robyn Lively (Twin Peaks) would play his ex-girlfriend and friend of the girls, Sarah Bellum. According to Variety’s Aug. 11 report, all are currently working with The CW to return and reshoot.
The article also confirmed that at least one fan-favorite from the original cartoon would return. Tom Kenny, who narrated the original animated series, will reprise that role in the new live-action version. Considering that the girls would sometimes stop the action and converse with the narrator when they disagreed with his take on events, this suggests the live-action version may continue that tradition.
On May 24, TVLine revealed the reboot is currently being "reworked," so don't expect to catch up with Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup super soon. The series' new pilot will be filmed outside of The CW's pilot season, so it could be picked up next year instead of this year. Moreover, it’s rumored that pages from the pilot’s script leaked online, suggesting the changes were due to the series' writing.
However, according to Cameron, this rumor had nothing to do with the decision to reshoot. Speaking to ET Online, she said the production "had to reshoot it anyway for a couple of reasons." As Cameron explained, the series is "tonally very specific. Like, getting it right, making everybody happy, and also making sure that it translates. It's so specific."
According to Cameron, it's about getting all the pieces to work properly: "To modernize it and to make it fit like, a bunch of different things that don't normally go together, it's just kind of like a puzzle piece. So we're removing some elements, and we're replacing others. I think the script is going to get another whack, and it's just going to be a slightly different approach, but everything else is going to stay the same."
Cameron also admitted she's never gotten a chance to reshoot a pilot like this and is jazzed about the opportunity to get a second run at putting her character to film: "You never get to do that as an actor, go back and be like, 'What would I have done differently?'"
The four leads are still attached to star, but the jury’s still out on how the show’s original writers (Juno’s Diablo Cody and Veronica Mars’ Heather Regnier) and producer (Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s Greg Berlanti) will be involved going forward. They’re pretty iconic in their own right, so hopefully the original creative team will stick around.
Powerpuff is set to follow the grown-up Powerpuff Girls, who are now troubled 20-somethings who look back on their childhood of crime fighting with loathing.
Blossom, though she holds several advance college degrees, is experiencing major anxiety about her past. Bubbles still has her signature spirit, but now she's more interested in recapturing her fame than saving the world. And Buttercup? She just wants to be left TF alone and live an anonymous life free from her Powerpuff identity.
It looks like it'll be up to them to decide whether they reunite to save a world in need. Considering it's from The CW, chances are whatever adventure they choose, it'll be epic.
Powerpuff Release Date
Originally, filming for Powerpuff began in spring 2021. But since the pilot is now being reworked, expect to see it sometime in 2022 at the earliest.
Because Powerpuff probably won’t hit The CW for at least a year, no trailer is out just yet. But you can check this space for more magical updates as they arrive.
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