Disney Channel is getting in the ring with a new live-action comedy called Ultra Violet & Blue Demon. The superhero series revolves around a Mexican-American family and will feature a predominately Latino cast and production team.
Ultra Violet & Blue Demon stars luchador and professional wrestler Blue Demon Jr. playing a version of himself alongside Scarlett Estevez (BUNK’D). When a magical luchador mask selects 13-year-old Violet to become the superhero Ultra, her uncle Blue Demon must train her so they can work together to fight crime.
The cast is rounded out by Marianna Burelli, Juan Alfonso, Brandon Rossel, Zelia Ankrum and Bryan Blanco. In addition to his starring role, Blue Demon Jr. will co-executive produce the series with Jorge Garcia Castro and Moxie 88′s Dan Carrillo Levy and Eugenio Villamar.
A pilot episode was directed by Alejandro Damiani and written and exec produced by Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit.
Lucha libre is known for its aerial maneuvers, colorful costumes and masks that must never come off. This form of wrestling has been popular in Mexico since the 1930s and is shaping up to be the next big trend in kids content. French studio Vivement Lundi is lining up a stop-motion/2D hybrid series inspired by lucha libre. Super-Lucha (52 x 12 minutes) targets kids ages six to 10 and stars four friends who don luchadore wrestling costumes to fight crime. Mexico’s Demente Animation, meanwhile, recently inked a production deal with San Diego-based Masked Republic to launch animated content and interactive games based on luchadores.