James Gunn wanted to make Velma Gay in 2002 Scooby-Doo Movie
James Gunn recently reveals some fascinating news about his 2002 Scooby-Doo movie. He reveals that he actually wanted to the beloved character of Velma Dinkley openly gay in the movie. This news comes after a producer, Tony Cervone, confirmed news of her being a member of the LGBTQ community.
The Hollywood producer corrects fans and says Velma was gay and not bisexual
In the show, ‘Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’ Velma was shown in a romantic relationship with a woman Marcie Fleach. In one of the Instagram posts, the fans were arguing about Velma’s sexuality. One fan believed that Velma was actually bisexual because she was dating Shaggy Rogers in the show. However, Tony Cervone set the record straight:
“I’ve said this before, but Velma in Mystery Incorporated is not bi. She’s gay. We always planned on Velma acting a little off and out of character while she was dating Shaggy because that relationship was wrong for her and she had unspoken difficulty with the why. There are hints about the why in that episode with the mermaid, and if you follow the entire Marcie arc it seems as clear as we could make it 10 years ago.”
Well, one thing is for sure. Velma is definitely not straight!
Now, what does James Gunn have to say?
Apparently, James Gunn wanted Velma Dinkley in his movie to be progressive. However, Warner Bros. was not ready to accept that idea just yet. Gunn explains that they watered down the original script which had Velma’s sexuality as gay.
When the fans tweeted that they want a third movie on Scooby-Doo where Velma is depicted as gay, James Gunn shared what happened with his 2002 movie:
I tried! In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio just kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version) & finally having a boyfriend (the sequel).”
This led to many fans urging the studios to get the #ReleaseTheGunnCut trending. Recently, James Gunn was sharing with his fans his ideas on a third movie.
He came up with a unique idea:
“The Mystery Ink gang are hired by a town in Scotland who complain they’re being plagued by monsters but we discover throughout the film the monsters are actually the victims and Scooby & Shaggy have to come to terms with their own prejudices & narrow belief systems. (Yes, Really!).”
Hopefully, Gunn gets to bring his new and original ideas to life in a new Scooby-Doo movie.