The Scooby-Doo franchise is not only the most popular and well-known property in the Hannah-Barbera library, but it has also become one of the most timeless. Since the first show came out in 1969, Scooby-Doo and the rest of the Mystery, Inc. gang have been in a lot of different shows, games, movies, and other things. Each one has a different take on the characters and a new mystery to solve.
Even though Mystery Inc. usually deals with people dressed as monsters, there are times when things get a bit more mature for younger viewers, like when the gang faced off against real zombies in the surprisingly dark (and fantastic) Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998).
James Gunn, who wrote and directed Guardians of the Galaxy, proposed an R-rated adventure for Scooby and the gang. This would have made the Scooby-Doo franchise even scarier. The idea was ahead of its time, but Warner Bros. didn’t go with it. Instead, Gunn’s script was changed to appeal to a wider audience and turned into the 2002 Scooby-Doo movie, which then gave birth to Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed two years later (2004). Since Gunn’s original idea for the project came out, older Scooby fans have been curious to see what a more grown-up version of the characters could be like. With Mindy Kaling’s Velma, it looks like we’re finally getting that (2023).
This new version, as the name suggests, will be about Velma Dinkley, who is known as the smartest character in the series and whose voice is done by Kaling herself. Even though there aren’t many details about the plot of this bold animated remake, Kaling will bring a star-studded cast with her. Some of the stars will play familiar characters that fans will surely recognise. Before Velma comes out next year, here’s what we know about the mysterious mystery series so far.
The first trailer for Velma has a tone and style of animation that are a lot like those of HBO Max’s Harley Quinn (2019-2022), right down to the meta humour.
The trailer starts with Velma calling HBO Max about an announcement that the streaming service would make a spin-off series about Judy Jetson based on The Jetsons (1962–1963). Velma is very rude about her criticism, which is a clear jab at the Internet outrage culture for beloved IPs, until she gets a mysterious phone call. In a clear homage to Scream (1996), the call comes from a serial killer inside Velma’s house, and the teaser ends with Velma screaming and blood splattering on her window, though it’s unlikely that the star of the show would have died in the trailer.
If you look closely, you might find Easter Eggs that make references to the rest of the Scooby gang. This includes a TV ad for “Jones Gentlemen Accessories,” which shows blue clothing like the famous mascot worn by Mystery Inc. leader Fred Jones (Glenn Howerton). Velma’s room also has a picture of her and a woman who looks like Daphne (Constance Wu), but whose eyes are crossed out with red x’s, and a missing person’s poster of a family member named Diya Dinkley on the wall. The trailer ends with a shot of Velma’s mailbox, which has the mysterious words “What is Scoobi?” written on it.
Velma Release Date
Velma’s reveal trailer didn’t give a specific date, but it did confirm that the show will still be available to stream sometime in 2023.
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Where Can I Watch Velma?
The HBO Max joke in the trailer wasn’t just a funny joke, because it shows that Velma isn’t afraid to poke fun at itself. Also, the fact that the show will only be on HBO Max shows that Warner Brothers Discovery still has faith in the franchise, even though they cancelled the sequel to Scoob! (2022).
A teaser trailer for adult animated series VELMA has been released.
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— Cartoon Crave (@thecartooncrave) October 6, 2022
What Happens In Velma?
Velma’s official poster and plot synopsis confirm that the series will take place before Velma joined Mystery, Inc. The poster and synopsis read:
VELMA is an animated comedy show for adults that tells the story of how Velma Dinkley, the brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang, got her start. The complicated and colourful past of one of America’s most beloved mystery solvers is revealed in a new and funny way.
The fact that a real serial killer is involved means that this story will be much darker and the stakes will be much higher and bloodier. However, it will still focus a lot on solving a mystery, which probably has something to do with Velma’s relative Diya, who we talked about earlier.
Who Is Making Velma?
Surprisingly, not all of the details about the people who made Velma have been credited and made public yet. We mostly only know who is in charge of the project, which is Mindy Kaling, Charlie Grandy and Howard Klein, who worked with her on The Office (2005–2013), and Sam Register, who is in charge of Primal (2019–2022).
Since the show was announced, we’ve known that Mindy Kaling, who has made a name for herself in comedy with shows like The Office and The Mindy Project, would be voicing Velma Dinkley. Now we know who will be voicing the rest of the group that will become Mystery, Inc. Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) plays Fred, Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat) plays Daphne, and Sam Richardson (Hocus Pocus 2) plays Norville (aka Shaggy). Veteran voice actor Frank Welker, known for his work on Mortal Kombat, has been a part of the Scooby-Doo franchise since the beginning, first as Fred and then as Scooby himself. He is also coming back, probably as the gang’s dog mascot once again.
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Will Velma Have A Second Season?
We don’t know yet if Velma will have a second season, so we’ll have to wait until late next year to see what it has in store for viewers.
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Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.