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'Scooby-Doo' writer wanted character 'explicitly gay'

Wonderwall logo Wonderwall 7/13/2020 Mark Gray

There was supposed to be no mystery when it came to a "Scooby-Doo" character's sexuality.

James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay for the 2002 movie, told a fan this weekend that Velma was supposed to be "explicitly gay" in the film, but Warner Bros. nixed that detail.

Linda Cardellini looking at the camera © Moviestore/Shutterstock Linda Cardellini

The declaration came after a fan asked James to return to the famed franchise and make a live-action Velma gay. 

"I tried!," James, who went on to direct the "Guardians of the Galaxy" films, tweeted on Sunday. "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)."

Fans were shocked at James' admission and somewhat dismayed. The director also told fans that deleted scenes, some of which are on the home video release, show the direction he was hoping to go with Velma, who was played by Linda Cardellini.

One fan felt that James was lying about his idea for Velma's sexuality. 

"You can read the script online and see the cut scenes, Sherlock," James clapped back.

Linda Cardellini taking a selfie © MediaPunch/Shutterstock Linda Cardellini

Linda has gone on to star in a slew of films and TV shows, including "Avengers: Endgame," "Dead to Me," "Bloodline" and "ER."


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