The CW announced that it is no longer reworking its live-action and queer young adult Powerpuff series as a part of major changes made by the new President of Entertainment, Brad Schwartz.
Powerpuff was set to be the latest in live-action “gritty and adult” remakes of kid’s properties, along the same lines as the CW’s Riverdale. We were even going to get some queerness and a nonbinary actor playing Buttercup!
While the proposed show had a lot of haters, there’s no doubt how good this cast and creative team were. It starred Chloe Bennet (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Dove Cameron (Schmigadoon!), and nonbinary actor Yanna Perrault as Buttercup, and was to be written by Diablo Cody (Juno, One Mississippi) and Heather Regnier, and executive produced by Greg Berlanti (The Flash).
Still, a leaked script with jokes about being triggered, leaking nudes, and using Facebook, and widespread hatred for “adult” reboots or reimaginings of kids' shows doomed the pilot before it was ever even shown.
The potential for this series was off the charts, and we’d love to see these people work together again... but maybe next time they shouldn’t do a gritty version of a kids cartoon.