The revelation comes years after the filmmaker James Gunn pushed for the character to be queer in his intial script.
The Halloween special of the famous animated series "Scooby Doo" has revealed Velma Dinkley as a queer character. The clips of the new special titled "Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!" were released on Tuesday. They reveal that Velma has a crush on another girl named Coco Diablo, a costume designer, reports PEOPLE. Velma spoke her famous remark "Jinkies" after meeting Coco for the first time in one clip shared on Twitter. In the clip, Velma pauses still in her tracks as she sees Coco before blushing excessively. She began to say, "And as promised, here are your Scooby snacks," before being so completely awestruck by Coco that her glasses fog up. In another scene, Velma fawns over Coco and can't disguise her pleasure when Coco places her hand on her shoulder, according to the Daily Mail.
Velma is finally confirmed to be part of the LGBTQ+ community in the latest Scooby-Doo film ‘TRICK OR TREAT’. pic.twitter.com/x5a3vK5k8z— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) October 4, 2022
Velma says, "I'm sure that Coco made some brilliant observations!" before Coco puts a hand on her shoulder prompting the fan-favorite to melt. Coco says, "The cute one's right. Estefan! Show them my brilliant observations!" This revelation comes years after viewers speculated about Velma's sexual orientation on the show. In 2020, the show's filmmaker James Gunn said that he tried to make Velma's character gay but was turned down.
I remember booking Velma in 2008. It was my first big role in a movie. I also remember thinking ‘I wonder if they know they hired a lesbian as Velma’ here we are, 14 years later……😂 love you all so much— Hayley Kiyoko (@HayleyKiyoko) October 4, 2022
He said, "I tried! In 2001, Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio just kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version) and finally having a boyfriend (the sequel)." Gunn later informed a fan that some of the hints may still be seen in deleted sequences from the film and that his original screenplay would reveal that he attempted to represent her as a gay character.
"Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated" producer Tony Cervone appeared to confirm Velma's sexuality in an Instagram post during Pride month in 2020. He posted a photo of the characters Marcie and Velma with a rainbow background and the words "PRIDE" written on it. He wrote in the caption, "Marcie and Velma - Mystery Incorporated. I obviously don’t represent every version of Velma Dinkley, but I am one of the key people that represents this one. We made our intentions as clear as we could ten years ago. Most of our fans got it. To those that didn’t, I suggest you look closer. There’s no new news here."
He replied to one of the comments on the post saying, "I’ve said this before, but Velma in ‘Mystery Incorporated’ is not bi. She’s gay. We always planned on Velma acting a little off and out of character when she was dating Shaggy because that relationship was wrong for her and she had unspoken difficulty with the why," per Variety.
Fans are extremely excited about queer representation in the movie. One Twitter user wrote, "OMG LESBIAN VELMA FINALLY CANON CANON IN THE MOVIES LETS GOOOOOO." Another wrote, "Velma being gay is actually massive, we're at a point in time when this major character, full of decades-old history and fans, gets to actually be a lesbian and that's just another part of her canon now!"
"Velma being gay for a convicted felon is some true feral academic sapphic sh*t and I love this for her," reads another tweet.
"Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!" is available to view and purchase on Amazon Prime.