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Can Sabrina the Teenage Witch be Spider-Man for Little Girls?

Sabrina the teen witch character started with Archie Comics in the '60s, move to an animated series, then became a weirdly awesome sitcom featuring Melissa Joan Hart and her dryly witty cat, Salem. But with an upcoming live-action remake, the new Sabrina will be "an origin story in the vein of Spider-Man, about a young girl coming to terms with her remarkable powers."


At first, it's like, damn, Hollywood Is Out Of Ideas Part MCCCXIII. But on second thought: Think of all the little girls who love magic and power and mystery and adventure and have to get by on Harry Potter and Disney Princesses. While the boys (and, um, Beyoncé) are dressing up in Spider-Man, Transformers, Jack Sparrow, Captain America and Wolverine costumes on Halloween, girls end up being princesses, crayons, or characters from movies made decades ago, like Dorothy. Don't get me wrong, I love Dorothy, but it seems like a great idea to reboot a franchise in which the lead is a girl who, quite literally, has power, and isn't just a girlfriend, a damsel in distress or a sidekick. (I know, I know, what about Hermione and Black Widow? Until they get their very own flicks they are still sidekicks.)

Plus, as we all know, Crazy Cat Ladies are the best, and cats win at life, and Sabrina's familiar is key in the story. According to Deadline:

While the tone of the movie will be edgier, they are keeping her talking black cat Salem, who here is a transformed prince creating unique love stories for Sabrina.


Fingers crossed, guys.

Meanwhile, remember when Britney was on?

Um, remember when the Violent Femmes were on?

[Deadline, EW]

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