Sabrina will soon be returning to our screens—both as a live-action movie and an animated TV series—except now, for both adaptations, she’s not simply a teenage witch. She’s a superhero.
Excuse me as I face-palm.
I’m usually not the type to judge something before I have the chance to see it for myself. These two new adaptations could easily be pretty amazing. (Even though the animation for the TV series leaves much to be desired.) But…I still can’t help but be disappointed in the meantime. The slice-of-life aspect of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, despite the title character being a fantastical being, is what makes this franchise so appealing, in my opinion. The Sabrina I grew up with didn’t have a destiny to uphold or a world to save. She was just a normal girl with normal problems, of which her magical powers simultaneously helped exacerbate and solve.
Is there anything wrong with other fantasies dealing with a superhero theme? Heck no. I’ve loved many books, movies, and TV shows with that spin. But that’s the thing: there are many of them. It’s rare to find a fantasy that is as down-to-earth as Sabrina the Teenage Witch at its best. Does this franchise really need to be warped to fit something trendier? I don’t think so…but apparently Hollywood does.
What about the rest of you? What are your thoughts on a Sabrina who’s more superhero than witch?