The Biggest Superhero Films That Didn't Happen, Part 2
Comic Books, Film
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures is in final negotiations for the rights to 1990s animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers with the intention to release a feature film adaptation produced by Mark Gordon, Don Murphy and Susan Montford.
The original animated series, which aired from 1993 to 1996, focused on five teens from across the globe who were assigned magic rings that could summon different elements. When the five elements of Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Heart were combined, Captain Planet would be summoned to bring all eco-terrorists to justice. The show featured a number of environmental issues with educational tags at the end of most episodes in the same vein as other animated series of the time, like G.I. Joe. The show had many well-known actors voice characters. Meg Ryan, Ed Asner, James Coburn, Martin Sheen and more voiced villains during the show’s run, while LeVar Burton voiced Planeteer Kwame for the show’s full tenure on the air.
Captain Planet was previously considered for a film in the ’90s and a live-action television series in the 2000s, but neither ever came to fruition. THR did not state whether the film was intended as a live-action or animated adaptation, but as humor website Funny Or Die proved, a live-action version is possible — but only if Don Cheadle is playing Captain Planet.