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Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and cultural backgrounds. Some are big, some are small, some are slow, and some are Speedy. Speedy Gonzales has entertained children and adults alike for decades with no signs of slowing down. The iconic Looney Tunes character has become beloved symbol in entertainment and Mexican culture over the years, and he may soon make his way to the silver screen for a solo adventure.
Speaking with Deadline, Dylan Sellars, producer of the Speedy Gonzales film (tentatively titled Speedy, of course), opened up about the importance of doing a story like this in today’s social climate:
We see this as an origin story of the great master, like a Robin Hood character, who ultimately ends up taking from the rich and giving to the poor. In a time when Donald Trump is gaining momentum, the world needs Speedy more than ever.
Overall that sounds like a fairly straightforward origin story of the iconic cartoon character we all have come to know and love over the years – albeit with a modern agenda. Speedy Gonzales has become legendary in the world of film and television for his humorous antics and his consistent underdog victories against bigger opponents. The intent here seems to be to really hone in on the character’s status as a cult hero, and depict him as a literal little guy who fights a constant battle for other little guys like himself.
Despite his somewhat cliché, possibly stereotype-based depiction, Speedy Gonzales has remained a consistently popular character in Latin America. For this reason, the film will be produced with the intention of crafting two versions of Speedy – one for English-speaking audiences, and one for Spanish-speaking audiences. As Dylan Sellars explains in his statements, with inflammatory remarks being made about the Latin American world by certain political candidates, there’s no better time to give a character such as this his moment in the spotlight. No matter what your politics on the matter are, you have to admit that it will be great to potentially see this iconic character sprinting across our screens once again.
Hey, if we’re living in a world where Quicksilver steals the show during the X-Men films, and The Flash has started to dominate the superhero television landscape, we think it’s only fair that another speedster gets his time to shine. We will bring you all of the latest and greatest news associated with Speedy as it becomes available to us. Stay tuned for more details!