'The Powerpuff Girls' Reboot: What We Know About the Live Action Remake

The CW has long been the home of DC's many superheroes, but the network could soon be getting a new band of super-powered characters. The Powerpuff Girls, which ran on Cartoon Network from 1998 and 2005 and then from 2016 to 2019, may be getting a live-action version of the cartoon that would tell the continued adventures of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup.

In February, three CW pilots were announced to be in development. These were another DC Comics adaptation titled Naomi, and a comedy-drama about millennial nuns, plus this live-action Powerpuff Girls reboot.

The network followed this news with the release of a synopsis for the proposed show. The reimagining of the superhero animation will see the central trio as "disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime fighting." The logline then asks, "will they agree to reunite now that the world needs them more than ever?"

Behind this live-action remake is Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter who is currently writing a Madonna biopic. The Powerpuff Girls will see her working with Heather Regnier, previously of Veronica Mars and Sleepy Hollow.

So far, no casting or release date has been announced for the project. However, rumors of the project have swirled for months. It is thought that the tone of the show will be similar to that of Riverdale, another CW show that turned an animated property into live-action.

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Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup will be the stars of a new 'Powerpuff Girls' reboot. Cartoon Network

Deadline first announced that Cody was working on the project in August 2020, when it was reported that Cody and Regnier were working with Warner Bros (who part-own The CW and are behind Cartoon Network) and Berlanti Productions, the production powerhouse behind the network's 'Arrowverse' series of comic book shows which includes The Flash, Supergirl and Batwoman.

Some of the creatives behind the original animated version, however, have questioned whether the show can work in live-action. Powerpuff Girls supervising producer Genndy Tartakovsky (who also created Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: The Clone Wars), for example, told ComicBook.com in October 2020: "The lines between live-action and animation are so blurred. I think anything could work...But does it need to? Does it want to? Is it deserving?"

Speaking of another previous remake of the show, he added, "they made an anime from Powerpuff Girls. And then it was like straight anime, it's like, 'Oh yeah, it lost a lot of some of the charm that I thought we had in the American version.'"

As the pilot has only just been ordered, fans could have a long wait until the show comes to The CW. If the show gets a series order, it is unlikely that the series will be ready until 2022. And it may be that viewers never get to see the show if The CW does not like what it sees in the pilot.

Cody has four shows in pre-production, which might also lead to a delay. As well as The Powerpuff Girls, she is currently working on the Madonna biopic, an untitled project for HBO starring David Spade as a musician and recovering addict who befriends a young actor, plus a TV movie titled So Much starring Jim Parsons.