Looks like Velma wants a same-sex boo in HBO Max’s upcoming Halloween movie Scooby Doo.
Clips from the animated special “Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!” have been making the rounds on social media, with people using them to proclaim that the character is finally coming out as gay.
“OMG LESBIAN VELMA FINALLY CANON CANON IN MOVIES LET’S GOOOOO,”one person tweetedwith a clip showing Velma being googly-eyed by a female character named Coco Diablo.
Other clips have also been making the rounds on social media, including one in which Velma tells fellow detective Daphne that she’s “big time in love” and asks for advice on what to do.
Fans have long believed that Velma was part of the LGBTQ+ community.
In 2020, director James Gunn said that he tried to make the character “explicitly gay” in his script for the live-action film “Scooby-Doo.”
“Back in 2001, Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script” (for the 2002 live-action “Scooby-Doo” movie), he tweeted at the time. “But the studio kept watering it down and watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the take on the version), then nothing (the released version), and finally having a boyfriend (the sequel).”
Gunn wrote both the 2001 live-action film and its 2004 sequel, both of which starred Linda Cardellini as Velma.
In the sequel, actor Seth Green played Velma’s boyfriend and there was nothing in the film to imply that she was gay.
Tony Cervone, supervising producer of the series “Mystery Incorporated”, posted on Instagram during Pride Month 2020 about Velma and Marcie’s character in a photo that used the colors of Pride.
“Obviously I don’t represent all versions of Velma Dinkley, but I am one of the key people who represents this one. We made our intentions as clear as we could ten years ago,” the caption read. “Most of our fans got it. For those who didn’t, I suggest you take a closer look.”
CNN has reached out to Warner Bros., which like HBO Max is owned by CNN’s parent company, for comment.
“Trick or treat, Scooby-Doo!” debuts on HBO Max on October 16.