Following the animated superhero's return on the rebooted DuckTales series, a Darkwing Duck reboot is in the works at Disney+. Variety reports that the upcoming series will be executive produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, and Alex McAtee of Point Grey Pictures. McAtee will oversee the project. No writer has yet been attached.
Darkwing Duck originally ran on television for three seasons between 1991 and 1992. It follows the adventures of the vigilante superhero Darkwing Duck, the alter-ego of a suburban duck named Drake Mallard (Jim Cummings). Assisting him in his adventures are his adopted daughter Gosalyn (Christine Cavanaugh) and his sidekick and pilot Launchpad McQuack (Terry McGovern). Taking inspiration from the Shadow, Batman, the Green Hornet, and other famous classic superheroes, the series satirizes comic book characters and elements.
Fans of Darkwing Duck have been hoping for a revival series since DuckTales was rebooted by Disney in 2017. The reboot follows Scrooge McDuck (David Tennant) and his family including Huey (Danny Pudi), Dewey (Ben Schwartz), and Louie (Bobby Moynihan) in the town of Duckburg, with Donald Duck (Tony Anselmo) also frequently appearing. A new version of Launchpad McQuack (Beck Bennett) also returns for the reboot, and as he was featured in the original versions of both DuckTales and Darkwing Duck, the door was already open at the start for Darkwing Duck to also be revisited.
DuckTales fans will know that Darkwing Duck has been featured in the reboot, originally appearing as the star of an old television show enjoyed by Launchpad. In the special episode "The Duck Knight Returns," the character plays a much bigger role when Drake Mallard assumes the Darkwing Duck role for a new movie produced by Scrooge McDuck. He is then convinced to become a real superhero by Launchpad, and Drake has since been appearing in a recurring role on the show.
The classic cartoon is also known for its creative and unique villains. That includes Megavolt, and anthropomorphic rat with a plug on his cap who possess the superpower of eletrokinesis; Taurus Bulba, a suited bull that's a criminal mastermind; and Quackerjack, a former toy maker who dresses up as a jester to carry out his crimes. All three have been featured in the DuckTales reboot currently airing on Disney+, and chances are we'll be seeing more classic villains from the original series return along with original creations for the Disney+ reboot.
The Darkwing Duck reboot series will likely follow the same version of the character we met in DuckTales, further expanding that part of the new "Duckiverse" on Disney+. This also makes it likely the new voice cast from the DuckTales reboot will be playing the main characters, including Chris Diamantopoulos as Drake Mallard. In the two-part DuckTales episode "Let's Get Dangerous," a new version of the Gosalyn was also introduced, now respectively voiced by Stephanie Beatriz.
As of now, Disney and Point Grey have not provided official comments on the reboot series, so it remains unclear when production might begin or when the show could begin streaming on Disney+. This news comes to us from Variety.