Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in class as he stars in the new animated series Superhero Kindergarten from the mind of Stan Lee: ‘I am so pumped’
Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to kindergarten – this time on an animated scale.
The 73-year-old Kindergarten Cop star announced his new project – one of the latest concepts to emerge from the mind of late comic book legend Stan Lee – a children’s cartoon series called Superhero Kindergarten.
Leading the show as a superhero turned teacher and tasked with training the next generation of superheroes, an excited Arnold announced ahead of the April 23 premiere, “ I’m so pumped. ”
New appearance: Arnold Schwarzenegger, 73, stars in an animated children’s cartoon for comic book legend Stan Lee called Superhero Kindergarten
Countdown to the Cartoon: The series will premiere on the Kartoon Channel app and website on April 23
‘In four days you can finally see what I’ve been working on! I am so excited to show @ therealstanlee’s Superhero Kindergarten to the world. This Friday on kartoonchannel.com, ‘he wrote in his Twitter Announcement.
Arnold’s character, Arnold Armstrong, trades his ‘Captain Courage’ cape for a science blazer as he is tasked with guiding the next generation of budding heroes who just happen to be kindergarten students.
His likeness is immortalized through the character’s towering physique, and the series will follow his journey as he guides six budding superheroes who learn to use and harness their powers.
Inspired perhaps roughly by the 1990 film Kindergarten Cop, in which he plays John Kimble – a police officer posing as a kindergarten teacher – the former bodybuilder will return to school.
Mentor: Arnold plays a superhero turned teacher tasked with training the next generation of budding heroes who just happen to be kindergarten students
Strength: The reformed superhero serves as a mentor to a group of elementary school kids who must learn to use their powers
Next Generation: Six budding superheroes learn to use and harness their powers under Arnold’s guidance
And Arnold confirmed that he and the late Lee were indeed talking about working together for a kindergarten project after the Marvel Comics vet told him he was enjoying that movie.
In a 2019 telephone interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Arnold recalled: ‘Hey [Stan] looked at me a little bit and said, “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.”
The Terminator star then recalled Stan’s eyes ‘wandering’ and ‘spinning’ the gears in his head.
One of the project’s co-producers – Andy Heyward, the chairman and CEO of Genius Brands – said Lee always thought Arnold would play this role.
“Stan loved and admired Arnold not only as an actor, but as a true hero in so many ways, and he had always imagined himself for Arnold for this role,” he said in a statement.
Inspiration: The pair had talked about wanting to make some sort of Kindergarten Cop sequel, to which Arnold recalled that Stan’s eyes ‘wandered’ in their conversation and that he could see the gears ‘spinning’ in his head about a possible project
Latest projects: Arnold shared with The Hollywood Reporter that he and Lee had an exchange on collaboration for a kindergarten-related comic inspired by Kindergarten Cop
The project also tapped SpongeBob SquarePants’ lead writer Steven Banks to write the project, and Arnold is also a co-executive producer under his Oak Productions, along with Lee’s POW! Entertainment.
Speaking of the project, Schwarzenegger said it’s “very personal.”
‘This is a very personal project for me and I am so excited to introduce it to the world. Not only has it enabled me to bring the work of the fantastic Stan Lee to life, but the series also explores topics I’ve worked on throughout my life, from health and fitness tips and anti-bullying messages to inclusivity and diversity .
‘It gives me a lot of pleasure to share those messages with children in a way that is vibrant, dynamic and most of all fun! It is an honor to have worked with Stan Lee and I know he would be proud of the message we are delivering, ”he said.
Muse: “Stan loved and admired Arnold not only as an actor, but as a true hero in so many ways and had always envisioned Arnold for this role,” Genius CEO Heyward said in a statement.