Velma HBO Max Release Date: “Velma” is Mindy Kaling’s Scooby-Doo spinoff!


David Mudd

The legendary Velma Dinkley, a member of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Gang, will star in the first episode of a new animated series that Mindy Kaling is developing. Mindy Kaling, who will also provide her voice for the main character in “Velma,” serves as an executive producer on the project. The first episode of the adult-oriented animated series will debut on HBO Max later this year.

The premise of the show is comparable to that of the first series of “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!,” which debuted more than half a century ago, with the exception that this series will focus on Velma as the primary crime fighter and detective.

Additionally, this series will feature R-rated gore and adult innuendos. We should also be on the lookout for cameo appearances from other original members of the Mystery Gang, such as Daphne and Shaggy.

At a Warner Bros. event on May 18, Kaling presented a still from one of the episodes. The peek, which depicts a horrible murder scenario in a women’s locker room, makes it quite obvious that the programme is not appropriate for children.

The quiet, bookish version of the character that we’ve seen in previous incarnations of “Vema” is not the one that “Vema” intends to represent. Kaling made the decision to cast a South Asian actress in the role of Velma in this episode for a number of reasons, including this one. At the Warner Bros. presentation, she declared to the crowd, “If people flip out over it, it’s none of my business.”

Despite the abuse she received on Twitter for deciding to represent Velma as South Asian, Kaling remains unwavering in her desire to infuse a little piece of her own culture into the character. When the writer and actor who was nominated for an Emmy made an appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” in July 2021, she stated that the response made her realise, “We need to be extremely cautious with this character, which we will, and she’s going to have so many fantastic experiences.”

Velma HBO Max Release Date

The release date for “Vema” has not been disclosed just yet, but we should be hearing more information about the film very soon.

First Velma Images Reveal Adults-Only Scooby-Doo

The first picture shown on HBO Max’s Scooby-Doo spinoff about Velma Dinkley, which will be led by Mindy Kaling and focus on her, promises that it won’t be a show for kids.

The image was shown for the first time at Warner Bros. Discovery’s upfronts event. It shows Velma finding the body of a young girl that has been cut up in a locker room while naked people watch in horror. “

And while we’re talking about new shows with a focus on women, I’m so excited to show you these pictures from my new animated adult comedy Velma, which is based on the beloved character from Scooby-Doo,” Kaling said as she showed off the pictures, of which only one has been released so far.

HBO Velma was announced in February by Max, who billed it as an adult comedy.

“It is a tremendous privilege to build on the 100-year plus legacy of ‘cartoons’ at this company,” HBO Max Executive Vice President of Comedy and Adult Animation Suzanna Makkos said. “We can draw a straight line from our hundreds of childhood hours spent watching Bugs outwit Elmer to the current slate of adult animated projects we are building here at HBO Max and we think fans will agree. We are proud to introduce this distinctive group of series from a wide range of diverse creators that will form a first stop destination for animation lovers everywhere.”

Kaling, who has been associated to the project since its inception, has faced outrage from Scooby-Doo fans for being cast as a South Asian Velma. Of course, the role has already been played by Haley Kiyoko in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster. However, this will be the first time she is portrayed as South Asian.

In June 2021, WarnerMedia’s Tom Ascheim revealed that one of the things that drew Kaling to Velma was her desire to travel “Imagine Scooby-Doo if Velma was of East Asian origin [Kaling has since confirmed that she is South Asian] and lived in a different globe. So, in that version, which will premiere on HBO Max first, there is no dog and no vehicle, but we still have our four main characters seen through a different lens.”

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