I had completely forgotten that Glen powell wrote a Captain Planet movie. We first wrote about this news about two years ago, after Powell’s starring role in Richard Linklater’s varsity baseball comedy. Everyone wants some !! but long before he got Internet boyfriend status with his role in Netflix’s romantic comedy Implement and landed a role alongside Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick.
But in a new interview, Powell has provided some insight into his take on a film adaptation of the 1990s green cartoon, and he calls its screenplay “subversive” and “irreverent.” Read on for more of his comments on his Captain Planet movie.
Powell co-wrote the screenplay for Captain Planet with Jono Matt (Above the line), and in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor / writer gave some details about his approach to the film:
“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 dark and like, irreverent…
Sometimes you just need to think about these things in a logical way. For example, if you have a blue superhero with a green mullet, you can’t seriously deal with it. You have to start from a fun point of view, just like Deadpool went around the superhero thing … it was an interesting process and it took a long time, but now we’re putting it together and really delighted about it. “
Powell also confirms that “we are doing this with Leo [DiCaprio]”because” this is real life Captain Planet. “It’s unclear if DiCaprio is going to play the lead role, but we do know he’s producing through his production company Appian Way. At this point, I think I’d rather see Powell himself step into the lead role. – he would certainly bring the right level of humor and self-awareness to the role.
For those who didn’t grow up watching cartoons in the 90s, Captain Planet followed by five “Planeteers”, each with a magic ring that allows them to manipulate Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Heart respectively. When their powers combined, they formed Captain Planet, an environmentally conscious superhero who helped them fight against eco-villains. The show featured an incredible cast of voice actors like Jeff Goldblum, LeVar Burton, Ed Asner, Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen, Margot Kidder, Whoopi Goldberg, James Coburn, and Prick.
Last I heard, Paramount was negotiating the rights to the film after Sony failed to put a version into production a few years ago. I’m not sure how this version of Captain Planet may get more irreverent than Funny Or Die’s 2011 skit about the character, but we’ll see if Powell and Matt are up to the challenge.