Stan Lee's POW Entertainment and Genius Brands International have teamed up to bring to life Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten, an animated series billed as Lee's final creation before his passing in November 2018.
Superhero Kindergarten will star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the voice of Arnold Armstron, a gym teacher who is secretly also Captain Courage, a superhero who trains superpowered children.
Here's the official synopsis:
"Many years ago, Arnold Armstrong (Arnold Schwarzenegger) was just an average gym teacher who acquired incredible superpowers when the earth passed through the ionic dust left in the wake of a mysterious comet. As a result, Arnold transformed into Captain Courage, one of the earth's greatest protectors! For decades Captain Courage traveled the planet, stopping evil in the name of justice and fair play. But, five years ago, he faced his final battle against his arch-nemesis, Dr. Superior, and in defeating his foe, Captain Courage was forced to expend all his powers. Arnold Armstrong was forced to end his career as Captain Courage until a massive explosion of super-energy particles came raining down, and rumors of super-powered children began surfacing. Now, Arnold must serve humanity once again by working 'undercover' as a brand-new kindergarten teacher whose main task is to train this unique new generation of super-powered 5-year-olds secretly."
“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,” said Schwarzenegger in a statement. “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,” added Genius Brands Chairmand and CEO Andy 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.”
"What will be particularly unique about this series is that there will be an animated cameo of Stan Lee appearing in every episode," Heyward continued. "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.”
Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza will script the series, which will be produced by Heyward and POW's Gil Champion.
“Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten was near and dear to his heart, working with one of his longtime collaborators Andy Heyward, as well as Arnold, and we look forward to continuing the partnership with Genius Brands to bring Stan’s vision for this new adventure series to life,” stated Champion.
Interestingly, Lee and Schwarzenegger previously collaborated on The Governator, a comic book focused on Schwarzenegger's time as governer of California which was intended to be developed into an animated series. However, production on The Governator stopped when Schwarzenegger's popularity dropped due to an infidelity scandal.
No premiere date or venue for Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten has been announced.