Captain Planet is set to make his cinematic debut but his adaptation will be a bit different than what fans have seen in the comics.
The project will be based off a screenplay from Glen Powell, who has done Popular projects both on television (Set it Up and Scream Queens) and on film (Hidden Figures). He is even slated to work in the Tom Cruise starring sequel to Top Gun but it seems like Captain Planet has a special place in his heart and as revealed by reports, he’s working on a slightly darker narrative of the character with Appian Way Productions and Paramount.
Powell loved the show back in its days. Here’s what he told THR in a recent interview:
“I mean, they’ve tried to make it into a superhero movie before, but they kind of did like an earnest take and ours is way more subversive and fun and like dark and irreverent. Sometimes you have to think of these things logically. If you have a blue superhero with a green mullet, you can’t do like an earnest take on that. You have to go at it from a fun [direction].”
For those readers who don’t know, Captain Planet and the Planeteers was about five teens who got rings from the ancient spirit of Earth. Each ring gifted a different ability related to the elements of Earth-like Fire, Water, Earth, Wind, and Heart. These heroes protected the planet against Eco-villains. When their power wasn’t enough to take out the villain, these heroes would combine their powers by summoning Captain Planet.
Powell is working hard on the project and he revealed that it’s an interesting process which will take a long time but he admitted his excitement to the project.
The Captain Planet television series ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996.