Dear Hollywood: Fans have been clamoring for a Captain Planet movie for years. And given the political rise of millennial, liberal, and socially conscious environmentalists – in other words, the exact demographics that a Captain Planet movie would address – would now be a perfect time to do so.
Between the overwhelming science surrounding climate change and the free “outrage marketing” that would come from conservative “green deniers”, 2020 would be a great year to release such a movie.
Add the lens of what is known as the ‘Greta Thunberg effect’ and how many people, both climate change deniers and supporters, who have said things like ‘Children can’t’ guide us’ about? repairing the ecological state of the world, and it looks like the reintroduction of Captain Planet could make a salient contribution to the climate discourse. The UN Secretary General has reportedly said that it is up to today’s young people to “save the planet”, and that is exactly what Captain Planet is.
A Captain Planet movie would be just the right thing for young people to jump with both feet. So here are six points the production should hit to allow any studio that secures the rights of the multi-colored hero to get a pretty solid reception.
Listen, let’s be honest – Captain Planet is a ’90s baby. Running from 1990 to 1996, he’s filled with tons of references to the decade and the characters are very’ 90s. And we’re not just talking about how Linka was. originally from USSR in the original season, as this place still existed at that time.
Cast age-appropriate stars like Idris Elba or even give Darius McCray some much-needed (and well-deserved) screen time as a middle-aged Kwame. You could even choose LeVar Burton in the role, since he voiced the original character.
Likewise, cast some of those 40+ as our favorite Planeteers: Michael Peña as Ma-Ti, Ethan Hawke or Bradley Cooper as Wheeler, Diane Kruger or Olga Kurylenko as Linka, or Christy. Chung as Gi.
Tell a story that these Planets have served their time, that they are tired and jaded, and ready to retire – so they are researching and training the new race of Planets. This opens the plot to focus on the Gen Z cast – people like Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Keke Palmer, Kyle Massey, or saving poor Wenwen Han from having the Karate Kid remake as her biggest credit. of movie.
The point is that the story would be both an origin and an end, passing the torch to the next generation.