The former “Kindergarten Cop” is headed back to the classroom for a preschool entry into the superhero world.
Genius Brands International is launching a comedy, action-adventure animated series, Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The final project from the legendary Stan Lee is a co-production between Genius Brands, Lee’s POW! Entertainment, and Schwarzenegger’s Oak Productions.
Schwarzenegger, who also serves as executive producer, will voice the lead character — Arnold Armstrong, formerly the superhero known as Captain Courage. Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza is on board to pen the scripts. Genius Brands’ Chairman and CEO and Andy Heyward and POW! Entertainment President Gil Champion are executive producers.
“It is an honor and privilege to work with Genius Brands and POW! Entertainment on this new series and help carry on Stan’s creative legacy by introducing this new group of superheroes to preschool children around the world,” says Schwarzenegger. “Not only does Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten feature comedy and action, but there are many valuable lessons to be learned along the way! 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.”
“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,” comments Heyward. “From Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, Black Panther, Incredible Hulk, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Captain America, Captain Marvel, The Avengers and countless more, Stan was the greatest creator that Hollywood and pop culture has ever known. We are honored to continue his legacy of creating a new superhero franchise for kids with another iconic hero, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten.”
Heyward added, “What will be particularly unique about this series is that there will be an animated cameo of Stan Lee appearing in every episode. 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. The strong positive messaging of the series regarding health, exercise, and nutrition coming from the credibility of Arnold Schwarzenegger will make it a series that parents will enjoy alongside their children.”