Variety announced yesterday that the CW is looking at a live-action reboot of the series which makes the girls 20-somethings. Fans will remember that much of The Powerpuff Girls’ charm lied in the adorableness of the characters as they took on outlandish, comically inept villains like Mojo Jojo and HIM. The central question of this reboot seems to be, “What if instead of being happy and cute, the girls were older and miserable?”
“In the updated version of the series, the titular superheroes are now disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime fighting,” writes Variety.
Heather Regnier and Diablo Cody serve as executive producers. Should it air, the series will join the CW’s pantheon of live-action fantasy dramas aimed at teens and young adults. In addition to its hit Riverdale adaptation, the network also airs Supergirl, The Flash and others.
News of the developing Powerpuff Girls reboot was not met with enthusiasm, as many fans felt a gritty live-action reboot completely missed the point of the original series.
No one and I mean absolutely no one has watched the powerpuff girls and thought “hmmm it would be even better as a live action series” https://t.co/xSRaF1gsSy
— DREY⁷ (@Rosiehoya) August 24, 2020
This makes zero sense if it’s real, since the Powerpuff Girls were frequently shown to be enjoying their childhood just fine, despite crime interrupting it often.
I feel like half the show is Professor Utonium tryin’ to be a good dad to the girls. https://t.co/WPRRpW1pQi
— LittleKuriboh (@yugiohtas) August 24, 2020
The general response to that live-action Powerpuff Girls rumor: pic.twitter.com/BtV93FpvDN
— Scott Frerichs 🏳️🌈🐯 (@KaiserNeko) August 25, 2020
Fans also imagined silly variations on what a “adult-themed” Powerpuff Girls would look like.
Buttercup in the gritty live-action reboot of The Powerpuff Girls pic.twitter.com/99DS494wxK
— Jon 🌙 (@blvze97) August 24, 2020
I just imagine the CW Powerpuff Girls show would basically be like this: pic.twitter.com/l2qkAAJ1kU
— Katie McCatwoman 🏳️🌈 🍋 #BLM #WearAMask (@KateFerrandino) August 24, 2020
Leaked image from the CW’s live action Powerpuff Girls show. pic.twitter.com/GeEgxXQ2ay
— Mike Trax (@TheMikeTrax) August 24, 2020
the powerpuff girls as soon as they see mojo jojo pic.twitter.com/uO7PZaPGg7
— yvonne ➐ (@yvonnepiranha) August 24, 2020