Captain Planet and the Planeteers was an American environmentalist animated television show that aired on TBS from September 15, 1990 until December 5, 1992. A year later, in 1993, it was relaunched by a follow-up series named The New Adventures of Captain Planet – which was produced by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. (Scooby Doo, the Flintstones, the Jetsons). The franchise has since spread to film, video games, and comics.
Powell mentioned that he was a fan of the first series of Captain Planet before discussing its subsequent sequels, especially the 1996 film which never saw the light of day but was supposed to be a more realistic take on the campy cartoon series:
I mean, they’ve tried to make a superhero movie out of it before, but they kind of liked a serious awareness and ours is way more subversive and fun and like dark and irreverent. Sometimes you have to think of these things in a logical way. If you have a blue superhero with a green mule, you can’t pretend you’re serious. You have to go for a fun [direction].
The original series saw Gaia, the spirit of the planet, assemble a diverse team of “planets,” able to combine their powers to summon an elemental warrior who takes on the guise of the superhero Captain Planet. He works with the planetists to defend the Earth from pollution caused by criminals and bad guys.
It will be interesting to see how the final product comes together for sure. Powell mentioned how he is and worked hard on the script for a while: “It was an interesting process and it took a long time, but now we are putting it in place and we are really excited about it. “ one can only hope that his efforts will be rewarded.
What do you think of Powell’s comments? Look forward to the film adaptation of Captain Planet and the Planeteers?