Scooby-Doo has been a touchstone of popular culture for decades now, with the titular dog and his gang of human allies becoming household names. After countless movies and animated series providing a family-friendly glimpse at the team's adventures, HBO Max is about to head into a new territory with Velma, an adult animated series set to arrive on the platform in 2023. On Thursday, during Velma's panel at New York Comic Con, HBO Max unveiled the first teaser trailer for the series, which stars Mindy Kailing as the voice of Velma Dinkley.
The trailer, which you can check out below, takes a self-aware approach to the entire show's ethos, with Velma writing an email complaint to HBO Max about their rebooted Judy Jetson series, and arguing that classics shouldn't be messed with. She then gets antagonized by a mysterious killer calling her from inside her house, and a lot of bloody mayhem ensues.
Velma is an adult animated comedy series telling the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and under appreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang. This original and humorous spin unmasks the complex and colorful past of one of America's most beloved mystery solvers.
In addition to voicing Velma, Kailing executive produces the series, which is showrun by Charlie Grandy. As was announced on Thursday afternoon, the cast of the series will also include Crazy Rich Asians' Constance Wu as Daphne, Detroiters' Sam Richardson as Shaggy, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Glenn Howerton as Fred. Additional cast members for the series will include Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, Russell Peters, Melissa Fumero, Stephen Root, Gary Cole, Ken Leung, Cherry Jones, Frank Welker, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Fortune Feimster, Yvonne Orji, Sarayu Blue, Nicole Byer, Ming-Na Wen, Shay Mitchell, Debby Ryan, Kulap Vilaysak, and Karl-Anthony Towns.
The Velma trailer arrives after what has already been a major week for fans of the character, as the animated film Trick-or-Treat, Scooby-Doo! confirmed longstanding fan theories that she is, in fact, a lesbian. Clips from the film, which hit the direct-to-video market this week, show Velma becoming smitten about Coco Diablo, a fashion designer who reluctantly works with the Scooby Gang. Later on, Velma confesses her crush to Daphne, leading her to joke that she "didn't know convicted felons were [her] type." This came after years of fans speculating that Velma might be bisexual or lesbian — and various attempts from previous Scooby-Doo! contributors to make the subtext text. This include James Gunn, who wrote the franchise's live-action films of the 2000s, and who tweeted in 2020 that he "tried" to make Linda Cardellini's Velma clearly a lesbian.
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As mentioned above, Velma will debut on HBO Max sometime in 2023.