Sugar, spice, and everything nice, that was supposed to be the ingredient to create the perfect little girls. But a little accident by Professor Utonium and the Powerpuff Girls were created. Now, the young adult version of the girls is coming to The CW and I am not certain how to feel about it.
On 9 February it was announced a live-action adaptation of the Powerpuff Girls was happening on The CW. Greg Berlanti was involved and it was revealed that the new show will focus on young-adult girls who missed being a child and have become recluse, well most of them.
When the announcement was made, it was a little confusing, considering millions of kids grew up watching Powerpuff Girls. I for one did not know how to feel about it, and since the casting for the roles is done, it is almost a certainty the show is happening. So, let’s talk about it.
The Powerpuff Girls Live-Action Show – Will It Even Work?
If you were born in the 90s, it is almost a certainty you watched the Powerpuff Girls and Spongebob Squarepants. No matter the sex, the Powerpuff Girls was something almost everyone watched, and just hearing that theme song brings all the memories flooding back.
While the show was focused on three little girls, the Cartoon Network series had mass appeal as it depicted what small kids were going through at that age. Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup were crime-fighting superpowered kids, but they were still kindergarten-going children.
Created by Craig McCracken, The Powerpuff Girls follows an accidental experiment where Professor Utonium mixes Chemical-X and creates superpowered girls. In the children’s show, Professor Utonium acts as a father figure to the girls and they divide their time between saving the world and learning their rhymes.
But taking that formula and injecting it into a new live-action show does not seem like an idea that is going to please die-hard fans. Even more so changing the whole premise and making the girls into 20-something disillusioned adults who resent the fact they never got to spend their childhood as kids.
In a way it does sound interesting, seeing the three sisters navigate the modern world would be interesting to see. But there is one thing I think they will do that I am going to both love and loathe. The idea of turning Professor Utonium into a bad guy seems so obvious and I hate the fact that it is almost a certainty that is going to happen.
Professor Utonium was trying to create the perfect little girls. Just take that statement on its own and read it again, sound a little creepy, doesn’t it? A professor creating little girls in his lab is not something that would be looked at without suspicion.
Okay, it is a children’s show and the Powerpuff Girls needed to get their superpowers from somewhere. I can take the whole origin, but still, he created three girls who were turned into crime-fighting supergirls. Instead of being kids, they were helping their sisters get out from under the clutches of supervillains.
Professor Utonium needs to face the consequences of what he did. The girls were not born, they were created in a lab by a man then their childhood was gone while they were dealing with adult problems. There needs to be resentment from the girls towards Professor Utonium.
They need to let him know that it was not okay to create them and then not allow them to be kids. Their childhood was ruined and as adults, they are having identity issues. I kind of know that is where the story is headed reading the logline, and I do not like it one bit, but I also want to see it.
The Powerpuff Girls Live-Action Adaptation Plot and Cast
According to TV Line, The Powerpuff Girls live-action show will follow “disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime-fighting.” And the question for them is will they decide to reunite to fight evils again in a time when they are needed the most.
It also appears the sisters are separated as they have grown older. Bubbles has more than handled being a celebrity, while Buttercup has chosen anonymity as her shield and Blossom has retreated even more within her shell. They were three different personalities growing up and as adults, they couldn’t be any more different.
The cast for The CW show was recently announced with Chloe Bennet playing Blossom, Yana Perrault playing Buttercup, and Dove Cameron playing Bubbles. It is still not certain who will be playing Professor Utonium and also if Mojo Jojo will be making an appearance.
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