What we want to see in the live-action remake of Carmen Sandiego


With news that Netflix is releasing a live-action remake of Carmen Sandiego, we have some thoughts about what we’d like to see in the upcoming movie.

A live-action remake of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is in the works from Netflix with Gina Rodriguez as the title character. This comes just after Netflix announced a Carmen Sandiego cartoon series also starring Rodriguez last year.

The groundbreaking series was loved by children throughout the ’80s and ’90s. And with it so dear to our hearts, there are some things we’d love to see in the new Netflix movie.

But first, who is Carmen Sandiego? Carmen is a character based on an educational mystery game for children called Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?.

In the game, you play as an ACME agent as they gather clues to the whereabouts of the wanted criminal, Carmen Sandiego. Although this is a cat-and-mouse scenario, you learn about geography, history and science along the way. Eventually, the franchise expanded into multiple shows, books, comics and board games.

Carmen is a very bright woman looking for something challenging to match her intelligence, therefore she looks to a life of crime as she solves any obstacles preventing her from retrieving artifacts and other important objects.

This gives a perfect chance for the new film to explore a backstory to the journey of how Carmen became a supervillain.

For those who aren’t familiar with her, Carmen is a former ACME detective-turned-supervillain. As a founder of the criminal organization V.I.L.E. (Villains’ International League of Evil), she and her criminal recruits find great enjoyment in pulling off crimes that are deemed impossible.

Since she wasn’t always the villain in the story, watching how she slowly progresses into becoming one of the most wanted people in gaming history would be interesting to see.

A perspective change would be fascinating as we know little about Carmen Sandiego. Also, since we know so little, it would give more room to expand on her personal story and assist in empathizing with Carmen like we never have before.

Aside from Carmen, learning more about the agents from ACME that worked with her (and eventually tried to track her down) would be interesting to explore, too. How would they react when they find out Carmen has become a criminal? What would they do when they actually catch her?

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On the flip side to that, maybe we don’t need to empathize with her. Maybe having her as a villain we love to hate is just how we like it. What would you like to see in the film adaptation?