Hanna Barbera’s Snagglepuss is being revived as a six issue comic under the DC Universe label, written by Mark Russell. The series will debut in 2018 and will re-imagine the flamboyant mountain lion as a gay playwright attempting to navigate the “many social injustices” happening around him. Thus he will have to use his fame and fortune on Broadway to help fight against those injustices while maintaining his closeted status as a homosexual mountain lion.
The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Russell about the classic kids cartoon being re-positioned as a Social Justice icon for what’s being called a “social satire on mid-20th Century New York”.
Russell explains to The Hollywood Reporter that Snagglepuss, in the upcoming story, will be a understated champion of sorts during 1953 America, utilizing his position to fight for Social Justice and also attempt to maintain his status as a closeted gay lion…
“Snagglepuss in this story is having to live a double life as a gay playwright living in New York, and he’s closeted. But he has values and integrity as an artist, and he’s trying to stand up for people who otherwise would be shoved under the stairs in this time of great national paranoia in the Red Scare mentality. It’s very easy in a time of national catastrophe — of perceived national catastrophe — to throw people under the sink and forget about them, and Snagglepuss is unwilling to let them do that to people he knows and loves. He’s willing to stand up for people when the rest of the country is not.”
Russell explained it as a “dream come true” to tackle a Snagglepuss story.
For reference, this is how the old kid’s icon used to be portrayed, courtesy of BlackNo9.
While one could make an argument that Snagglepuss most certainly always had gay tendencies, I think the issue that some people have is that they see this intended disport of the character’s flamboyancy-turned-into-homosexuality as little more than agenda-pushing by DC and Mark Russell.
The comment section on the Hollywood Reporter article isn’t the most accommodating of this change. Quite naturally a lot of people see it as another step by the media industry to further the Liberal agenda into children’s media or attaching it to children’s characters or icons to further normalize what many feel is SJW indoctrination.
DC has been pushing the lesbian angle with certain characters in their line-up, such as Harley and Ivy, confirming Wonder Woman as “queer”, ensuring everyone is reminded how much of a lesbian Batwoman is, and teasing instances of lesbianism with Catwoman, but they haven’t been quite as outward or consistently hamfisted with the identity politics like Marvel and their SJW comics. Nevertheless, people still see what DC is trying to do and not everyone is on board with it.
You can look for the new six-issue of Snagglepuss to arrive in early 2018.
(Thanks for the news tip Tajlund)