In this edition of Trending Tuesday, we are exploring audience reactions to a live action interpretation of the Powerpuff Girls, casting decisions for a live action adaptation of The Last of Us, and Crash Bandicoot’s 25th birthday bash.
Sugar, Spice, and Gritty Live Action
On February 9th, it was announced that The Powerpuff Girls cartoon from the 90s was going to make a comeback as a live action show on The CW network. Engagement from fans grew to over 3k, with most of the conversation taking place on Twitter. While this isn’t the first or last live adaptation we’ll see, fans of the show had mixed reactions as sentiment dipped to a score of 32.
The responses reveal that, while people who watched the show years ago still love it, a live adaptation may not exactly pull at their heartstrings the same way. According to the announcement, this version of the Powerpuff Girls will depict them as adults resenting their crime fighting childhood, which is what sparked most of the negative responses.
Some folks were confused, others stated they didn’t want to see the Powerpuff Girls “riverdale-ified,” and a few commented that not every adaptation needs to be ‘dark’ and ‘gritty.’ A few expressed that the live adaptation is interesting in concept, but that they would’ve preferred it under the banner of a different studio or network. There were also some who were enthusiastic about the idea and curious to see what that would look like when it comes to fruition.
HBO Brings a Shining Cast to The Last of Us Adaptation
The Powerpuff Girls isn’t the only franchise coming to life. Starting on February 10th, fans started buzzing about HBO’s The Last of Us casting announcement, which revealed that Pedro Pascal of The Mandalorian fame and Game of Thrones star Bella Ramsey were going to star as Joel and Ellie in the upcoming live action series based on the game. Spiketrap data revealed that people were pretty excited, as conversation sentiment climbed to 72.
People who were the most enthusiastic about Bella coming onboard referred to it as a “hit run” and “A+,” while others referenced her performance in Game of Thrones as the only stamp of approval they needed. Others felt uncertain about Bella as a choice and stated they just “couldn’t see it” based on what they know about Ellie’s character from the game. Nevertheless, even those who weren’t enthusiastic were curious about how this would shape the live action series.
Conversation around Pedro Pascal’s casting reached an even higher sentiment of 86. Fans who were stoked displayed their enthusiasm in caps lock and a plethora of happy emojis, saying they couldn’t wait to see the show. Those who felt he was a great choice referenced his performance in The Mandalorian in comparison to Joel’s character in The Last of Us, claiming they could see the parallels.
Of course, there were also those who felt uncertain about Pascal, saying they didn’t know if this was “the right call.” No matter what side they were on, it will be interesting to see how HBO chooses to tell the The Last of Us story that gamers know and love — and what those fans will have to say about it.
Crash Gets an Awesome Birthday Bash
Crash Bandicoot is getting the explosive party he deserves. Just in time for Crash’s 25th birthday, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time will make his big arrival to PS5, Xbox Series, and Switch on March 12th, as well as PC via Battlenet later this year. Crash fans started buzzing about the great news and conversation sentiment climbed high to 74.
Fans responded in enthusiastic capital letters, exclaiming that they couldn’t wait to play the game on even more consoles and in more ways than before. Others were not too happy that the 4th game won’t come to Steam along with the previous games in the franchise, so they won’t be able to play on PC.
Meanwhile, some fans went into deep speculation about the upcoming “fun happenings” referenced in the announcement, speculating that it could mean Crash would finally join the Super Smash Bros. family as a character right in time for his birthday. Indeed, what better way to celebrate such a big milestone? Whether this is true, and whether audience excitement holds, remains to be seen.