After a long cinematic career of beating up bad guys, Arnold Schwarzenegger is headed back to kindergarten, although this time he won't be a cop. Instead, he'll produce and star in one of the final projects of the late comics legend Stan Lee: a children's cartoon about young heroes and their health-conscious mentor.
Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten is a co-production between Genius Brands International, Lee's POW! Entertainment and Schwarzenegger's Oak Productions. The show tells the story of Arnold Armstrong, a gym teacher who became the superhero Captain Courage and then lost his powers in a final battle with his nemesis. When the local children begin to develop powers of their own, he steps up to train them to be the next generation of superheroes.
Schwarzenegger's history as a bodybuilder and athlete seems to come into play in the cartoon's themes. He described the educational aspect of it by saying, "Of particular pride to me is the fact that I am not only teaching kids to use their superpowers, but I am also imparting valuable lessons to kids worldwide about the importance of health, exercise, and nutrition.”
Andy Heyward, Chairman and CEO of Genius Brands, who will serve as one of the executive producers on Superhero Kindergarten, spoke of the mutual appreciation Lee and Schwarzenegger shared: “Stan loved and admired Arnold as not just an actor, but a true hero in so many ways and always envisioned Arnold for this role... Stan was the greatest creator, that Hollywood and pop culture has ever known. We are honored to continue his legacy.”
Lee's fans may also be pleased to hear his tradition of appearing in movies as an Easter egg will also have a new chance to carry on. “What will be particularly unique about this series is that there will be an animated cameo of Stan Lee appearing in each and every episode," Heyward said. "Just as his millions of fans look forward to seeing him appear in each Marvel film, they will look forward to his presence in each episode of this cartoon."
Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten will be scripted by Fabian Nicieza, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Andy Heyward, Gill Champion and Paul Wachter as executive producers. The animated series, which will feature Schwarzenegger as the voice of Arnold Armstrong, does not yet have a release date.