Overhaul of The Powerpuff Girls Reboot Unrelated To Allegedly Terrible Leaked Script, Bubbles Actress Says
Weeks after the CW announced that its grown-up Powerpuff Girls reboot would be significantly reworked to be less “campy,”Dove Cameron, the actress behind Bubbles, has taken it upon herself to clarify that the leak -- and the subsequent panic of everyone born between the years of 1990 and 2003 -- was not a catalyst for the series' overhaul.
"I can't speak on it yet because they are still changing. Such a funny thing," the former Disney Channel star told Entertainment Tonight earlier this week of Powerpuff's fate. "They didn't decide to rework the pilot because the script leaked. I just need to say that that wasn't what happened. We had to reshoot it anyway for a couple of reasons."
While the star stayed mum on what exactly these reasons were, they all likely pale in comparison to just how terrible the original screenplay allegedly was according to images shared on Twitter. Bubbles and Buttercup walking in on Blossom's six-round one-night stand with a random girl she met at a bar. The heroes threatening to leak each other's nudes. Alleged Harambe jokes … in 2021. The phrase “life, is one big hate boner.” It was bad, folks, a miss Cameron seemingly chalks up to the high expectations surrounding the series and the complexities of the franchise.
"It's a really big piece of IP, and it's tonally very specific," the actress explained. "Like getting it right, making everybody happy, and also making sure that it translates. It's so specific."
As such, updating the series poses a number of unique challenges. "To modernize it and to make it fit like, a bunch of different things that don't normally go together, it's just kind of like a puzzle piece," Cameron continued. "So we're removing some elements and we're replacing others. I think the script is going to get another whack, and it's just going to be a slightly different approach but everything else is going to stay the same."
Even facing these tough intricacies, the actress maintains she's “very excited” about giving the series another go in what she says is her first ever pilot reshoot. "I was texting the girls and we're like, 'Oh. Well, now we know what we're doing.' What an amazing thing. You never get to do that as an actor — go back and be like, 'What would I have done differently?'"
However, it seems Cameron is still enthusasitc about the entire affair. "I cannot say enough good things about the show and the character," the star added. "So I'm very, very excited. I'm very excited to have everybody see how it's together."
So, folks, here's to hoping Powerpuff is actually good this time around – the only thing more evil than Mojo Jojo is singlehandedly destroying the collective childhood of an entire generation.