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Scooby-Doo director reveals Velma was originally ‘explicitly gay’

James Gunn’s Scooby-Doo film underwent some major character changes from start to finish, the screenwriter revealed this weekend. Gunn, who wrote both the 2002 film and its sequel, explained on Twitter yesterday that Velma (Linda Cardellini) was originally written as an openly lesbian character, but was “watered down” by Warner Bros., The Playlist reports.When a…

James Gunn’s Scooby-Doo film underwent some major character changes from start to finish, the screenwriter revealed this weekend.

Gunn, who wrote both the 2002 film and its sequel, explained on Twitter yesterday that Velma (Linda Cardellini) was originally written as an openly lesbian character, but was “watered down” by Warner Bros., The Playlist reports.

When a fan asked Gun for a “live-action lesbian Velma” character, he opened up about his original plans for the Scooby-Doo detective in the popular movie, which was filmed on the Gold Coast in Australia.

“I tried!” he explained. “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).”

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The second Scooby-Doo film from Gunn, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, added a love interest for Velma. Seth Green was brought on to play the role of Velma’s boyfriend, Patrick Wisely.

While Gunn didn’t specify what was “watered down” in his original script, he did hint at some of the material that was later removed from the film.

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Scooby-Doo received a PG rating from the MPAA, but it wasn’t always so family-friendly. Earlier this year, Gunn explained in a tweet thread how his movie was cut down from an R-rated feature to the tame version released in theatres by removing some “sexual situations”.

“Language and jokes and sexual situations were removed, including a kiss between Daphne and Velma,” he explained in January.

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Cardellini returned to play Velma in the second Scooby-Doo film, which also starred original cast members Freddie Prinze Jr. (Fred), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Daphne) and Matthew Lillard (Shaggy).

Warner Bros. rebooted the Scooby-Doo franchise this year with Scoob!, an animated film starring Will Forte, Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried, with Gina Rodriguez voicing Velma.

Scoob!, which was released on VOD in May, does not explore Velma’s sexuality, either.

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