Get ready for a piece of nostalgia, because your favorite childhood cartoon is back! Except it’s not a cartoon anymore, and it’s not really for children. The CW is busy creating a live-action reboot of The Powerpuff Girls and its cast is pretty incredible: Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, and Yana Perrault will take on the roles of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, respectively.
Here’s everything we know about the live-action reboot starring our favorite citizens of Townsville.
The plot is completely different.
The original cartoon followed three sisters with superpowers who were accidentally created by their dad (the appropriately named Professor Utonium) when he added “Chemical X” to his combo of “sugar, spice, and everything nice” in his casual basement laboratory, leading to this whole situation:
But in The CW’s alternate reality, now titled just Powerpuff, instead of being optimistic teeny town heroes, the Powerpuff Girls are actually weary 20somethings who resent their childhood. Check out the plot:
“Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup used to be America’s pint-size superheroes. Now, they’re disillusioned 20somethings who resent having lost their childhoods to crime fighting. When the world needs them more than ever, will they agree to reunite?”
Sounds surprisingly angsty! TBD on how this goes over with fans.
The show has secured its main cast members.
World, meet Blossom (Chloe Bennet), Bubbles (Dove Cameron), and Buttercup (Yana Perrault), who are set to
fight evil be resentful adults in the near future.
Chloe Bennet as Blossom
Chloe will play the trio’s de facto leader, and she celebrated her casting with a bunch of screenshots of the original cartoon Blossom, naturally.
Here’s the deal with the reboot’s adult Blossom, according to Deadline:
“Although she was a spunky, conscientious, Little-Miss-Perfect child who holds several advanced degrees, Blossom’s repressed kiddie-superhero trauma has left her feeling anxious and reclusive, and she aims to become a leader again—this time on her own terms.”
Dove Cameron as Bubbles
Dove confirmed her very appropriate casting news on Insta, writing, “The city of Townsville is uNDER ATTACK 🔪💕🌡🛁 #diablocody !!!”
And here’s what grown-up Bubbles is up to:
“Her sweet-girl disposition won America’s hearts as a child, and she still sparkles as an adult, but her charming exterior belies an unexpected toughness and wit. She’s initially more interested in recapturing her fame than saving the world, but she just might surprise us and herself.”
Yana Perrault as Buttercup
“Bag secured. 💚🤑💚⚡️,” Yana wrote on Instagram after her exciting Buttercup casting news broke on March 9. “(No really v grateful, this is too dreamy to believe, so many feelings, still processing, on cloud 9).”
Here’s what the show has in mind for Yana’s Buttercup:
“She was the rebellious badass of the Powerpuff Girls in its heyday. More sensitive than her tough exterior suggests, Buttercup has spent her adulthood trying to shed her Powerpuff Girl identity and live an anonymous life.”
Donald Faison as Professor Utonium
Well, we can’t have a reboot without the patriarch of the family, right? We’re about to see a Scrubs favorite back on our screens. Variety just announced that Donald Faison is set to portray Professor Utonium, and according to the publication, he’s just a little more intense than fans remember him to be.
Described as “quirky, debonair, and a pinch narcissistic” (does the phrasing sound a bit familiar?), Donald’s version of the iconic scientist sees him trying to make amends with his now-adult daughters amid a midlife crisis. Not exactly the professor we once remembered.
Sad news: The pilot is being reworked for a later time.
Since the project was announced back in August 2020, fans were hoping we'd get to see the show on our screens soon. Unfortunately, we have to break some hearts with this little piece of news. The pilot is in the process of being re-worked during the off-cycle, meaning: it's going to be a while before we get a teaser trailer or even a premiere date.
If this is bumming you out, we're right there with you. But before you start to rightfully panic, fear not, dear friend. As Variety reported in May, the show is still very much on the table, and the cast is still attached to it, thank goodness. Imagine if we had to wrap our heads around an entirely new set of Powerpuff Girls. But I digress. All it means is the pilot will be filmed outside of pilot season, so it could be a contender for next year's set of new shows.
In the meantime, why don't you watch the original Powerpuff Girls? You can rewatch episodes from six seasons of the 1998 hit right this way:
Writers and directors are already attached to the pilot.
According to Deadline, Diablo Cody (you know, of Juno and upcoming Madonna biopic fame) and Heather Regnier (she wrote episodes of Veronica Mars and Sleepy Hollow) wrote the pilot, which is being directed by Maggie Kiley (who recently directed episodes of Katy Keene and Riverdale). What a stacked lineup!
The first pictures from the set have arrived.
Before the news of the pilot rework, it looked like Townsville’s favorite heroes are already fighting crime! Well…at least Bubbles and Buttercup are:
And since you’re just dying to know what our fearless leader Blossom looks like…you’re welcome:
TBD on where this Powerpuff project goes from here, but watch this space for updates as we get them. And with that, here’s a pic of the Powerpuff Girls’ number one fan, Billie Eilish, to hold you over in the meantime:
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