2002’s live-action Scooby-Doo screenwriter James Gunn says Mystery Inc. super sleuth Velma (Linda Cardellini) was meant to “explicitly gay.”
Gunn previously said Warner Bros. pushed it into a “clean cut children’s film.” A scene depicting a kiss between Velma and Daphne was shot but cut from the finished film.
“I tried! In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script,” Gunn tweeted Sunday in response to a tweet asking him to realise a lesbian Velma in a third live-action Scooby-Doo movie. “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).”
“Language and jokes and sexual situations were removed, including a kiss between Daphne and Velma. Cleavage was CGI’d over,” Gunn wrote. “But, thankfully, the farting remained.”