The filmmaker also claimed that the character’s sexuality was “watered down” by the studio (Warner Bros) prior to the film’s release.
Linda Cardellini played the bespectacled sleuth in the live-action adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera animation.
During an online Q&A, one Twitter user wrote to Gunn: “Please make our live-action lesbian Velma dreams come true.”
Gunn responded: “I tried! 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).”
Tony Cervone, the director of the recent Scooby-Doo adaptation Scoob! and producer on Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorperated, also commented on Velma’s sexuality recently, writing on Instagram: “Velma in Mystery Incorperated is not bi. She’s gay.
“We always planned on Velma acting a little off and out of character while she was dating Shaggy because that relationship was wrong for her and she had unspoken difficulty with the why.”
Scooby-Doo was released in 2002, and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, Matthew Lillard and Rowan Atkinson. Neil Fanning provided the voice of Scooby.
I tried! 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). 😐 https://t.co/Pxho6Ju1oQ— James Gunn (@JamesGunn)July 13, 2020
VELMA IS CANONICALLY A LESBIAN THIS IS THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ME pic.twitter.com/l3f1wZLqIr— alex (@loventhunders)July 12, 2020
The sequel to which Gunn referred, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, was released in 2004.
The Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker seemed to dismiss fan demands for a second Scooby Doo sequel, writing on Twitter: “With the original cast? That would be one incredibly long life-span for a Great Dane.”