The Velma Takeover is underway!
At a panel at New York Comic Con earlier today, Mindy Kaling unveiled the first teaser for her adult animated series Velma, which serves as a high school origin story for the beloved Scooby-Doo character.
The teaser opens with Velma, who is now South Asian, typing out an angry comment to HBO Max. She's mad that it's making a new "genre-bending comedic origin story" of Judy Jetson. But this version isn't boy crazy, and as Velma says, "if there's one the internet agrees on, its that you should never change anything ever." After telling HBO Max she hopes it dies, she quips, "at least she's still white."
From there, she gets a classic call from a spooky voice asking if she likes solving mysteries. What a great way to set the mood!
The voice cast includes Kaling as Velma, Constance Wu as Daphne, Sam Richardson as Norville (later known as Shaggy), and Glenn Howerton as Fred. Other voices include "Weird Al" Yankovic, Melissa Fumero, Fortune Feimster, Min-Na Wen, Ken Leung, and Jane Lynch and Wanda Sykes as Daphne's lesbian moms.
The trailer for the new Velma series comes just days after Velma was officially confirmed to be a lesbian in the kids movie Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! In that movie, the gang has to work with a criminal, who is also a beautiful fashion genius named Coco Diablo.
As soon as Velma sees Coco, her glasses fog up and her face turns red. Later she confesses to Daphne that she is “totally crushing” on Coco. Lesbian Velma confirmed!
When Kaling announced the show and that she’d be voicing the character, she said on Instagram that Velma will “struggle to navigate the pitfalls of high school, her budding sexuality, and a serial killer intent on murdering every popular kid in town” in the show.
Since fans have long speculated about Velma’s sexuality, and previous Scooby-Doo project creators James Gunn (who wrote the live-action movie) and Tony Cervone, who produced the show Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated, have both said they tried to make Velma gay, many have assumed that means she'll explore her queer sexuality in the Velma series.
“I've said this before, but Velma in Mystery Incorporated is not bi. She's gay," Cervone said in 2020.
It does seem that Velma in the TV show will be bi or pan, rather than a lesbian. The Velma social media, which is in the character’s voice, has been tweeting several things about hot female cosplayers at NYCC, but also tweeted about ogling Goku (a male character from Dragon Ball Z) cosplayers.
Already, fans are asking why is she ogling boys if she just came out as a lesbian.
Whether bi, pan, queer, or lesbian, we’re happy to see that Velma is finally being recognized as the queer icon she is!