The title character of HBO Max’s upcoming adult animated series Velma takes off the gloves and mocks the haters in the show’s first official teaser. Following this week’s big reveal that Velma Dinkley of Scooby Doo Lore was actually a lesbian (gasp), trolls have come out of the woods to share their disdain for the “recent” character change Trick or treat Scooby-Doo. Aside from the shock to her life of hearing about Velma’s (very obvious) sexuality, there was another wave of people outraged that the show doesn’t white the glasses-wearing, smart-ass Mystery Inc. member, but treats it as South Asian (double gasp). Knowing that they would face the heat of a narrow-minded audience, the people behind Velma poked fun at their would-be haters in the new teaser.
On a rainy day we open the voice of Velma (Mindy Kaling) while carefully writing a text to HBO Max to express her outrage that an upcoming standalone series about Judy Jetson won’t feature the character as “boy crazy.” As she angrily writes her message, she nudges trolls and says, “If there’s one thing the internet agrees on, it’s that you should never change anything,” before signing her message and letting out a deep sigh who sighs with relief because, “At least Judy’s still white.”
Just then, she gets a call from an unknown number, with a familiar voice on the other side of the line asking Velma if she “likes solving puzzles.” From here, you can guess how the rest of the trailer unfolds, with references to fan-favorite horror films, before you cut it out.
As expected, haters flocked to fire back at the production, which doesn’t take itself too seriously and hopes to bring a more diverse background to the 50+ original characters. The series will act as an origin story for Velma, but fans can still expect to see her future Mystery Inc. family along Constance Wu (Lyle, Lyle, crocodile) voice Daphne, Sam Richardson (Teddy Lasso) as Shaggy and Glen Howerton (it’s always sunny in Philadelphia) as Fred. There’s also a slew of big names that will fill the ensemble cast, including jane lynch, Wanda Syke, “Strange Al” Yankovic, Stefan Root, Gary Cole, Ming Na Wen, Cherry Jonesand other.
From what we’ve seen of the new series so far, it seems like it brings a fun, dark comedy to the story of the gang’s unsung hero. When you think about it, Velma is like Mystery Inc.’s Hermione Granger – she always solves the cases and bails out her friends, but never gets her proper credit. Although projects like Velma and The little mermaid There will always be those who hold it back from changing the “original story”, representation is important and hopefully the voices of supporters will be louder than those urging it to be reset.
Currently no release date for Velma has been announced, but you can expect to see it sometime in 2023. Check out the perceptive trailer below.
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