Carmen Sandiego Gets A Heroic Origin In The First Trailer For Her Netflix Reboot

Carmen Sandiego Gets A Heroic Origin In The First Trailer For Her Netflix Reboot
Carmen’s back, and up to... well, some good. Sort of. (Gif: Carmen Sandiego, Netflix)

Over the years of games and shows, Carmen Sandiego has had several origins—former detective gone rogue, criminal mastermind, agent of chaos, you name it. But her new Netflix show is giving her another…one that’s turning her into a bit more of a Robin-Hood-esque figure.

Netflix has just dropped the first trailer for its animated reboot (via Mashable), starring Gina Rodriguez as the titular gentlewoman thief (Rodriguez will play Carmen in a live-action movie for the streaming service, too). But as well as asking the question we all want it to ask — where in the world is Carmen Sandiego, naturally — it asks another, too. Who in the world is she?

This time around, the answer to that is a bit different. We get to see Carmen’s young days training as a master thief as an agent of V.I.L.E. but now, instead of remaining with the villainous group as she steals her way out of trouble, Carmen is going to be a hero who abandons V.I.L.E. and uses her thieving skills to protect the treasures of the world from its shady hands alongside Player (voiced by Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard). Although we’ve had takes on Carmen that have teased a more noble heart to her thievery in the past, turning her into a full-on dashing rogue is a nice twist.

Carmen Sandiego is set to hit Netflix January 18.


  • I don’t know what it is, but I really dislike this animation style. It looks like its made in Flash.

    As for the show it self, why is she the good guy? Like, shes meant to be a former detective-turned-thief who teaches kids about geography, math, since, history and astronomy…. Like, if there was a show to take advantage of the interactive stuff there bring to Netflix, this would have been it. Maybe down the line.

    • Maybe for the very reason you mention? Carmen is an educational figure, teaching kids a lot of stuff. How do you stop kids from assuming that her thieving ways are also a good thing to learn?

      • Easily. I watched that show a lot when I was younger and it was pretty darn obvious stealing was wrong… you give kids too little credit

  • @TheJagji Agreed, why is she a good guy!? I mean it would have been cool having a master thief being tracked down by the cops. and her laying red-herrings everywhere.

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