For almost 50 years, Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley have shared the spotlight with a fan-favorite talking dog named Scooby-Doo and the rest of Mystery Incorporated. But this year, Daphne and Velma are starring in their own spinoff prequel film that establishes how they met and became friends before throwing them into a mystery.
Fans at this year's C2E2 were given the opportunity to attend the world premiere of Daphne & Velma before it arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on May 22. The film stars Sarah Jeffery as Daphne and Sarah Gilman as Velma. While Jeffery didn’t make the trip out to Chicago, Gilman headlined the Daphne & Velma panel that followed the screening. She was accompanied by the director of the film, Suzi Yoonessi, and Blue Ribbon Content executives Peter Girardi and Alex Davis, as well as Jennifer Tisdale, the co-head of Blondie Girl Productions.
According to Davis, the decision to leave Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby out of this movie was to give Daphne and Velma the opportunity to be the heroines of their own story without getting overshadowed by their co-stars. It was also meant to shine a light on Daphne and Velma's friendship.
Gilman told the crowd that she grew up watching Scooby-Doo and enjoyed re-watching the cartoons to get to know Velma better. Gilman also said she was afraid of getting Daphne & Velma wrong, as she recalled seeing other franchises make disappointing leaps into live action. However, Gilman was very pleased when she and the film's creative team were given freedom to flesh out Velma's personality and further develop Daphne as well.
There’s a lot more to say about Daphne & Velma's new cinematic adventure, and you can watch the rest of the panel below!