Disney Announces TV Adaptation of Marvel’s LES Hero ‘Moon Girl’
Over the weekend at its D23 Conference, Disney announced the adaptation of a teenage Marvel superhero who protects the Lower East Side.
Ordered by the Disney Channel cable network, and executive produced by Laurence Fishburne, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur follows the adventures of Lunella Lafayette (aka Moon Girl), a 13-year-old prodigy, and her ten-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. Lunella accidentally transports Devil Dinosaur into present-day New York City through a time vortex, and together work to protect the city’s Lower East Side from danger.
The animated story is based on the relatively new Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur comics, which launched in 2015.
The “Yancy Street Gang” apparently features in the storyline. Notable, as this group was created by Jack Kirby, the Marvel genius who grew up on the Lower East Side. (Yancy is a stand-in for Delancey.)
Kirby, born Jacob Kurtzberg in 1917 and resident of 147 Essex, was the illustrator who put pen to paper in co-creating juggernauts like Captain America, the Hulk, Fantastic Four, and the X-Men. His experiences growing up on the Lower East Side likewise informed the artwork.
It remains to be seen whether the dynamic duo will protect tenants from the dangers of greedy landlords seeking to evict. Or whether the new slate of eyesore architecture is used.