Over five years ago came word that “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Set It Up” actor Glen Powell was co-writing a film about 1990s cartoon environmentalist superhero “Captain Planet,” a project that had been set up at Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions.
The original series centered on five young people from around the world who were given magical rings that had the power to control natural elements. United, they can summon Captain Planet, a climate-centric superhero with shiny blue skin and a green mullet who helps them fight against environmental evils.
Powell and Jono Matt’s script for the new version was said to be a dark, irreverent and subversive take set years after the show with the Captain now a washed-up has-been who needs the kids more than they need him.
In the years since Powell’s star has only risen and recently lead to him co-leading the wartime aerial drama “Devotion” alongside Jonathan Majors. Meanwhile, “Captain Planet” as a property has jumped around from Sony to Paramount and currently is at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight recently, Powell confirmed the “Captain Planet” film is still alive and they are just waiting on Warners and to see “where all the superhero stuff kind of lands there” in the wake of the Warner Bros. Discovery merger:
“I think those conversations will be happening shortly. I know DiCaprio is super passionate about it. I’m super passionate about it. I think it could be great… I want that one to work. I’d love to play that superhero.”
Powell has long been rumored to play a potential new incarnation of Cyclops from the “X-Men” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He tells the outlet he hasn’t had a conversation with Marvel, though he finds the rumors flattering: “It takes a long time to navigate this town, so for anyone to be like, ‘Oh, he’d be great in this role,’ it’s humbling, it’s great.”