Velma Dinkley had been trending the past few days after Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! made her an open lesbian, and after all that buzz, HBO Max is now giving us a first look at the spinoff starring Mindy Kaling.
Check out the teaser for Velma:
Here’s the official description:
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.
Unlike recent incarnations of Scooby-Doo!, this version of the canon promises to be a lot more violent, so you can expect Velma to be chasing down murderers and not just crooks in costumes. To really embrace the revamp of the show, they’ve also changed the race of several characters, making Shaggy black and Daphne Asian. Here’s a look at them:
First look at Shaggy, Daphne and Fred, voiced by Sam Richardson, Constance Wu and Glenn Howerton, in HBO Max’s adult-animated ‘VELMA’ series. pic.twitter.com/ehc4sbFGkg
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) October 6, 2022
Some fans are even speculating that Fred in this series is gay, but it’s too early to tell.
If anything, an adult take on the Scooby franchise has been dabbled with before. It was said that James Gunn’s original script for Scooby-Doo was a lot more adult, and even the film still had several adult references from Scooby and Shaggy smoking weed to Fred being a downright perv.
We don’t know how Velma will be different, but I’m excited to see how they twist the tried and true Scooby formula. Watch out for Velma on HBO Max sometime next year.