Inspired by the comedy classic Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten, Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to voice the lead character in the upcoming animated series Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten. Created by Stan Lee in collaboration with Schwarzenegger, the show will feature a premise reminiscent of Kindergarten Cop, but with an added twist. This time, the teacher will be a retired superhero, and his pupils will be five-year-old children with their own superpowers. The plot will follow gym teacher Arnold Armstrong (Schwarzenegger), who was previously known as superhero Captain Courage. He had previously given up his powers to win a battle against his arch-nemesis Dr. Superior, but takes up teaching budding superheroes when an explosion of superpowered particles rains down on the population.
Written by Deadpool co-writer Fabian Nicieza, the upcoming series is one of the final creations of Stan Lee. Schwarzenegger and Lee had previously discussed possible projects to work on, with with Schwarzenegger commenting specifically he would love to do some kind of sequel to Kindergarten Cop. "He kind of looked at me and says, 'I really enjoyed that movie. That was fantastic. I loved the way you played with those kids and your communication with the kids, the fun you had. Then he was wandering off with his eyes and his wheels were spinning," Schwarzenegger recalls. Soon after, Lee pitched the Superhero Kindergarten concept to Schwarzenegger.
Additionally, Arnold Schwarzenegger had also discussed potentially playing a character in a Marvel superhero movie, perhaps as a character in the MCU. "I'm so happy that this is the one that we really clicked and started creating a vision as I was speaking about," Schwarzenegger says. Because the MCU will move forward with an entirely new set of movies for Phase 4, it remains possible we'll also see him make his way into that universe one day. The last superhero movie to feature Schwarzenegger was Batman and Robin, in which he played antagonist Mr. Freeze, although he (sort of) got to play the superhero Turbo Man in the Christmas movie Jingle All the Way.
While Kindergarten Cop never had a proper sequel with Schwarzenegger reprising the role of Detective John Kimble, a follow-up movie was released directly to DVD in 2016. Starring Dolph Lundgren in the lead role, the sequel featured a similar storyline with an FBI agent now tasked with teaching a kindergarten class. Although it will be set in a separate, animated universe with all-new characters, Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten will feel more like a successor to the original Kindergarten Cop in many ways, mainly due to the involvement of Schwarzenegger in the lead role.
Although Lee passed away late last year, we can expect to see him popping up in every episode of Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten. Thanks to the power of animation, a trademark Stan Lee cameo will be featured in every installment. "Just as his millions of fans look forward to seeing him appear in each Marvel film, they will look forward to his presence in each episode of this cartoon," says executive producer Andy Heyward. No word yet on when we can expect the series to release. This information comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.