Another day, another reboot. This time, The CW is turning the Cartoon Network classic The Powerpuff Girls into a live-action series focused on the trio of pint-sized superheroes as disillusioned twentysomethings. The series, penned by Diablo Cody, will star Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Chloe Bennet, Descendants‘ Dove Cameron, and Jagged Little Pill Yana Perrault as Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, respectively. According to Deadline, the show will follow the sisters as adults who resent having lost their childhood to crimefighting and now face the challenge of reuniting when that the world needs them more than ever.
There are several elements of this pilot that raise concerns, and it’s not just the question of do we even need this because the answer is a hard and fast no. But since it’s happening anyway, I’d like to understand how the surrealness of The Powerpuff Girls will translate to live-action. The girls regularly fought a talking monkey who called himself MoJo JoJo and dealt with villains like (the iconic) HIM, Sedusa, and the Gangreen Gang — are we seeing them onscreen? Since Greg Berlanti serves as an executive producer, does this mean they’re going with an aesthetic akin to The Flash? It would help with the supervillain elements. Has The CW taken the time to reevaluate how they approach Black characters and work with their actors? Who is going to play Professor Utonium? (They better not kill him!)
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