'The Powerpuff Girls' Reboot: The Big Changes The CW is Making to the Show

The Powerpuff Girls are the latest classic '90s property to get the reboot treatment, with The CW set to give us a live-action version of the Cartoon Network show. Bringing the story of three super-powered girls into live-action, however, is not the only change the network is bringing to their version of the story.

For one, the show is acting as a sequel of sorts to The Powerpuff Girls. While in the original show Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup were all kindergarten-aged, the girls in the reboot will be older. It will also have a new name, with the reboot titled simply Powerpuff.

This was revealed in the official synopsis for the show, which reads: "Powerpuff follows Blossom (Chloe Bennet), Bubbles (Dove Cameron) and Buttercup (Yana Perreault), who used to be America's pint-sized superheroes. Now they're disillusioned twenty-somethings who resent having lost their childhood to crimefighting. Will they agree to reunite now that the world needs them more than ever?"

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The CW is making a live-action reboot of 'The Powerpuff Girls.'

This casting also hints at the new show being more diverse than the all-white original Powerpuff Girls. Perreault and Bennet are biracial, while the girls' father Professor Utonium will be played by Donald Faison, the former star of Scrubs. Perreault has previously spoken in interviews about being queer and uses both "she" and "they" pronouns, something that could feed into the show in the same way that the queerness of numerous cast members of Batwoman (made by the same production company) adds a new element to that show.

With the older Powerpuff Girls also comes an older Professor Utonium. The character synopsis for this new reimagining of the role reads: "Quirky, debonair, and a pinch narcissistic, Professor Drake [Utonium] is a scientific genius who is immensely proud of the three extraordinary girls he created in his lab.

"Staring down a midlife crisis, he is determined to repair his relationships with his now-adult daughters."

There are also some big changes behind the scenes. The original show was created by Craig McCracken, who is not at all involved with this live-action reboot. "I'm not part of that production in any way," McCracken said to SyFy. "It's one of these things where I don't own those characters."

McCracken also said: "I'm curious to see what they do with it. The initial concept of Powerpuff Girls was the idea that they were little kids being superheroes, so the fact that they're making them grow up, that sort of changes that initial concept. But we'll see what they do with it."

Instead of McCracken, the new show was by Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Juno who is also currently working on a Madonna biopic set to be directed by the pop star herself.

Also acting as executive producer on the show is Heather Regnier, previously a producer on Veronica Mars, Sleepy Hollow and SMILF.

This is the second time the show has been rebooted, with a second animated Cartoon Network version released in 2016, 18 years after the debut of the original.

Powerpuff is coming soon to The CW. The 1998 Powerpuff Girls stream on Hulu and the 2016 version is streaming on Hulu and HBO Max.