Fans of hip-hop Broadway sensation Hamilton rejoiced when its wildly charismatic creator Lin-Manuel Miranda joined the cast of the upcoming DuckTales reboot as the superpwered Gizmoduck. But as pumped as we Hamilfans were, perhaps no was as excited as the new series’ co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones.
During Comic-Con International in San Diego, CBR had the chance to speak with Angones about DuckTales, and its proudly Latino take on Gizmoduck (A.K.A. Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera.)
Asked about the casting of Miranda, Angones explained how part of the desire to cast the Puerto Rican actor/writer/singer/charm bomb was his desire to expand the Latinx representation in the realm of superheroes.
“I am Cuban,” Angones said, “Growing up, I was a comic book nerd, and the only character that I could identify with was Vibe. He had breakdance powers and was a gang member. Even today in multiplexes, there’s not a lot of Latino representation. I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if not the token Latino character, but the main superhero character of DuckTales happened to be Latino?’ It’s not (Gizmoduck’s) main trait; it’s just part of his personality.”
“We looked back–as we always do when we’re bringing back and old character–to the core of the character,” Angones explained, “And we said, ‘Well, (Fenton is) fast-talking. He has a million ideas at all times. And he always wants best for everybody, and is impossibly earnest. That’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. But we’re never going to get him.'”
Still, Angones aimed high. He wrote the Gizmoduck episode with Miranda in mind. And then, “I wrote a letter to him explaining why this mattered to me, and why it was important. And they sent it to him, and lo and behold he was also a huge DuckTales fan!” Miranda further proved his love in the booth, when he arrived for his recoding session. “When he came into record, he sang the DuckTales moon theme from the video game at us.”
Look for more from out Ducktales Comic-Con coverage coming soon.
DuckTales premieres on Disney XD Aug. 12 with a one-hour movie before the series begins its regular run in September. The one-hour TV movie will air at midnight ET/PT on Disney XD, and then run for 24 consecutive hours, giving fans plenty of time to immerse themselves in this new DuckTales. The series stars David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck, Danny Pudi as Huey, Ben Schwartz as Dewey, Bobby Moynihan as Louie, Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack, Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack, Toks Olagundoye as Mrs. Beakley and Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck. They’re joined by such guest stars as Lin-Manuel Miranda as Gizmoduck aka Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, Allison Janney as Goldie O’Gilt, Margo Martindale as as Ma Beagle, Paul F. Tompkins as Gladstone Gander, Kimiko Glenn as well-traveled teen Lena, Jim Rash as mad scientist Gyro Gearloose, Josh Brener as tech billionaire Mark Beaks, Keith Ferguson as Scrooge’s archenemy Flintheart Glomgold, Eric Bauza as the Beagle Boys and Corey Burton as Ludwig Von Drake.
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