Cartoon Network is Developing a Live-Action 'Captain Planet' Movie

July 19, 2011
Source: Deadline

Captain Planet

It sounds like the powers of wind, water, fire, Earth and heart have finally come together in Hollywood as Cartoon Network and Transformers franchise producer Don Murphy and his Angry Filmworks production banner have announced development of a live-action feature film adaptation of the environmentally sound 90's cartoon series Captain Planet. Why is now the right time for the mullet-sporting hero to make a return? Producer Susan Montford says, "With the earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs and all the other problems threatening the world right now, Earth really needs her greatest defender." Read on!

If you don't know what we're talking about, here's the opening credit sequence from the original cartoon:

For those unfamiliar with the series, it followed a group of young people called The Planeteers who combine their special powers to summon Captain Planet, an environmental superhero, to battle the world’s worst eco-villains. In tune with the show's theme of environmentalism, the young eco-warriors used rings that harnessed the powers of wind, water, fire, Earth and heart to call upon the titular hero. Star Trek franchise star LeVar Burton was part of the original voice cast and big names like Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen guest starred on the series from time-to-time. Hopefully some big names will get attached to this live-action feature too.

I suppose with all the green agendas and talk of global warming and other such environmental issues, Captain Planet can still be relevant. However, I'm not sure if there's a big enough audience that will be interested in a live-action film like this unless it was some sort of tongue-in-cheek parody of the original series, and I doubt that's what will happen. Either way, this hero is coming back in a big way, but the question is who will suit up as our environmental hero? If he wasn't already so enveloped as other heroes, I'd say Ryan Reynolds has the perfect blend of comedy and action experience to take on the role, but that probably isn't in the cards. What do you think?

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Reader Feedback - 29 Comments


This absolutely needs to be a parody.  I've had that idea for a long time actually (with Will Ferrell playing the Captain).  They should make fun of the whole concept, but that doesn't mean it can't still be pro-environmentalism.  Just use comedy to deal with the issues.

Boilerbro Joe on Jul 19, 2011


That's pretty much the only way this movie could work.

Craig on Jul 19, 2011


I agree. When the Brady Bunch movies came out I had the thought that someone needed to make a Captain Planet movie along the same vein. 

Scott on Jul 20, 2011


I disagree, it should be R rated because there aren't any kids left who remember this show. They should go all out and make him a

............... on Jul 22, 2011


yes, yes, yes..

mochonko on Jul 19, 2011


im tired of this idea of remaking things as a parody

Daniel Koelsch on Jul 19, 2011


I completely agree. Either do it right or not at all.

Vreeland Holt on Jul 19, 2011


its Captain America, the show is practically a parody of cartoons....

Jericho on Jul 20, 2011


Cartoon Network?   Has anyone seen their movies?  Yeah....   this isn't gonna be good.

Chazzy on Jul 19, 2011


Nathan Fillion!

Chocolate Supra on Jul 19, 2011


gonna take pollution down to zero!

happy camper on Jul 19, 2011


mmm... really? Is this REALLY gonna happen?  Dinosaurs and Cadillacs next! Just keep in tune, boys!

Manuel on Jul 19, 2011


Dinosaurs? Yay more Jurrassic Parks and a sequel to Land of the Lost. Seriously Manuel; Dinosaurs never really left (movies).

Anonymous on Jul 20, 2011


There's no way this won't be amazing!!!

God on Jul 19, 2011


I've already got the perfect cast.  I freakin cast this two years ago.  Wesley Snipes as Kwame, David Caruso as Wheeler, Anna Kournikova as Linka, Lucy Liu as Gi, Kal Penn as Ma Ti, and The Rock as Captain Planet.

I am Jacks STD on Jul 19, 2011


Wasn't the planeteers a bunch of teenagers/young adults? Snipes and Caruso are pushing 50, if not there already.

Anonymous on Jul 20, 2011


like anyone would actually notice... we need a sarcasm font

Jericho on Jul 20, 2011



Prafessor G Raded on Jul 19, 2011


Wasn't Tom Cruise the original voice of captain planet?

WB Exec on Jul 19, 2011


*THIS* is the first thing that came to my mind when I read about the captain planet movie:

Luis M. Milán Leal on Jul 19, 2011

21, just no.

SaintCharlatan on Jul 19, 2011


Can we get a Shazam movie already!!!

jah p on Jul 19, 2011


I still got my action figure!

Earl D on Jul 19, 2011


I think of this...rofl

Nate Carroll on Jul 19, 2011


"The power is yours!"

Dan W on Jul 20, 2011


WOW. This was my favorite show when I was a kid. I had the action figure, and even had my own ring. I'm excited for this, parody or not.

Anonymous on Jul 20, 2011


If this doesn't turn out to be a parody, then it will be gay and unintentionally funny.  If it is a parody, it will be gay and intentionally funny.

Gex on Jul 20, 2011


this is the greatest thing that has ever happened in the history of everdom

Anonymous on Jul 20, 2011


How about Mark Paul Gosselear and James Van Der Beek. They'd be awesome for the role

Oorah820 on Jul 26, 2011

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