Man at His Best

Captain Planet, He's Our Leo

Gonna take pollution down to zero.

BY Jason S Ganesan | Oct 18, 2016 | Film & TV

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way are in talks to take the actor’s commitment to the environment to its logical end, by obtaining the rights to make a live-action Captain Planet and the Planeteers.

It’s particularly timely, not only because we’re approaching environmental tipping points, but also because the cartoon was pretty progressive for 1990—with heroes from five continents, and with Eco-Villains representing greed, overconsumption, unfettered technological progressivism, misuse of nuclear power, and big business.

Despite the Oscar-winner-slumming-it-in-superhero-movies trail being blazed by Anthony Hopkins, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tommy Lee Jones and Batfleck among others, DiCaprio probably won’t star as the defender of the environment.

But it does borrow from the current crop of superhero movies in that the script—written by Jono Matt (production assistant on Glee and Sons of Anarchy) and Scream Queens star Glen Powell—will substitute the upbeat tone of the cartoon with gritty realism.

What interested Appian Way and Paramount was that the script shows the Captain as a “washed-up has-been who needs the kids more than they need him.” Depressing, but seeing as it is shorthand for washed-up has-beens in Hollywood visual parlance, at least he’ll probably get to keep the green mullet.

Also, grimdark Captain Planet has been done.