What characters are going to be in Velma the series? This article discusses which characters will be in Velma, who plays Velma and why Scooby-Doo will be absent from the series.
Scooby-Doo and the rest of Mystery Incorporated have gone around solving mysteries for over 50 years, but in all that time, one of the gang members has always been overlooked, the brains of the group, Velma. A new animated origin story for the character is set to change that, with an adult cartoon centered on Velma and how she got into mystery-solving. The trailer also hints at the self-aware comedy the series will feature.
But Velma won’t be alone. Most of the gang will be there to help her, and they’re all voiced by a brand-new cast. A notable absence from the show is Scooby-Doo himself, with the show’s creators and Warner Brothers Discovery not wanting to include him as he is seen as childish.
What characters are going to be in the new Velma the series?
Velma won’t be the only character in the origin series, the show will also feature most of Mystery Incorporated. Shaggy, Fred, and Daphne will be part of the show.
One member of the gang who won’t be returning is Scooby-Doo. It also remains to be seen if the character Velma will be gay in the show. The Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! animated movie recently confirmed Velma was in a lesbian relationship with the character Coco Diablo, but it’s unknown if she will appear in the show.
Other characters that will appear are the parental figures of the gang, as this series will take place while they are all still in high school.
Who plays the new Velma?
Mindy Kaling will give the voice to Velma, as well as serve as the show’s co-creator. She has previously been the voice in several animated characters, such as Disgust in Inside Out, Taffyta Muttonfudge in Wreck-It Ralph, and an extra in the first Despicable Me. Kaling has also appeared in the American version of The Office as Kelly Kapoor.
Why is Scooby not in Velma?
Scooby-Doo is perhaps the most iconic character of the Mystery Incorporated team (his name is in most of the titles), but it may surprise fans to find out that he won’t be included in this animated origin. The show’s creators have addressed this, answering the question at New York Comic Con.
“When we were going into the show, and thinking about adapting it, we wanted to be respectful. We didn’t want to just kind of take these beloved characters and put them in outrageous or gross situations, and say like, ‘Isn’t it crazy we did that to Velma?'” the crew said.
“So, when we were thinking about what made it a kid’s show, and what makes an adult show, the dog, Scooby, is what really seemed to… we couldn’t get a take on it that was like, ‘How can we kind of do this in a fun modern way?’ It felt like what made [the original cartoon] a kid’s show was Scooby-Doo. That coincided with Warner Bros. Animation saying, ‘Hey, you can’t use the dog.’ So we’re like, ‘Great! This works out well!'”
In a clip posted by Variety, the crew went further by saying that it didn’t feel right to use the character in a show where iconic Scooby-Doo villains are real-life murderers.
— Variety (@Variety) October 6, 2022
This change is already proving controversial, with fans saying Scooby-Doo is the heart of the franchise, and leaving the character out will cause this to be another forgotten cartoon. But this will also separate the cartoon from the rest of the classic adventures and put more of the focus on Velma.
You can watch Velma with a subscription to HBO Max when it releases in January 2023.