In case you missed the news that got both 90s babies and cartoon buffs atwitter, The CW has a live-action adaptation of The Powerpuff Girls in the works. The original Cartoon Network series aired from 1998 to 2005 and featured three young sisters born from a science experiment whose accidental ingredient of “Chemical X” gifted them with superpowers. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were pint-sized heroes who used their abilities to fight crime in the City of Townsville, keeping it safe from a colorful roster of supervillains. The upcoming live-action series will pick up with the sisters now in their 20s, disillusioned and resenting the fact that their childhood was sacrificed for fighting crime. The project’s official synopsis leaves us with the cliffhanger, “Will they agree to reunite now that the world needs them more than ever?” We have a feeling that the answer is yes, so for this installment of Our Dream Cast, all of the selected actors have proven their fighting abilities in previous action projects. Keep reading for our dream casting picks for Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup in the upcoming CW series.
Cartoon Network lists Blossom as the leader of the Powerpuff Girls, describing her as strong and determined. With that in mind, Naomi Scott seems like the perfect choice. She has experience bringing animated characters to life, namely with her portrayal of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s 2019 live-action feature. Her Aladdin co-star Mena Massoud complimented how Scott “brings that sense of empowerment to the character,” and she described during the same interview how Princess Jasmine “shows the skills and qualities of a leader.” If that doesn’t convince you that Scott is the right choice for Blossom, take a look at her action credits. From her role in Lionsgate’s 2017 Power Rangers as the Pink Ranger to her recent performance in Elizabeth Banks’ reboot of Charlie’s Angels, Scott has displayed some serious skills with fight scenes. Suffice it to say that we can already picture Scott leading the Powerpuff Girls against villains like Mojo Jojo and Fuzzy Lumpkins in the live-action series.
As the “softest and sweetest Powerpuff Girl,” some people may mistake Bubbles for a pushover. But they would be wrong. According to Cartoon Network, “she can kick monster and villain butt just as well as her sisters can.” The description rings true for another TV character with special powers: Supergirl. That’s right, Melissa Benoist is our choice to play Bubbles on the upcoming CW show. She obviously has experience within the superhero genre, and her work as the titular character in CBS’ Supergirl demonstrates the actor’s ability with sweet characters that can also pack a punch.
Last but not least, there’s Buttercup. As the tough one of the bunch, Cartoon Network describes how she “fights hard and has a pile of victims to prove it.” The recent reboot of Charlie’s Angels once again comes to mind, but this time for its former MI6 character that wields a machine gun. Thanks to her impressive fight skills displayed as Jane Kano, we’re naming Ella Balinska as our choice to play Buttercup. The relative newcomer recently performed another physically-demanding role as Cherie in Blumhouse’s Run Sweetheart Run, and her training background in 12 types of stage combat would certainly lend itself to portray the butt-kicking Buttercup.
These are, of course, just our picks for the leads of The Powerpuff Girls. We’d love to hear your casting choices for the live-action iterations of characters from the original animated series, such as Professor Utonium, Sara Bellum, and the mayor. As we await more news on the live-action, reboot series in development at The CW, comment below which actors you would pick for the cast!