At New York Comic Con, many fans were curious as to why Scooby-Doo would not be appear in Velma. During his presentation at NYCC, series creator Charlie Grandy said not his motivation for not including Scooby was to attempt to have a more adult take on the other characters, highlighted in an interview with ScreenRant.
"What made Scooby-Doo a kid show is Scooby-Doo. We couldn’t have a take on it, like how can we do this in a fun and modern way." Grandy said. "[Our efforts] coincided with Warner Bros. Animation saying we can’t use the dog!”
In addition, the character designs were revealed for Velma, Daphne and Shaggy at the panel. In addition to Velma being made Indian for the show, Shaggy is now black and Daphne is now Asian. Charlie responded to fan criticisms of changing the race of the characters saying that this is kind of like their version of Into the Spider-Verse, which is a critically acclaimed Marvel film that changed Spider-Man into a person of color. The character designs can be seen above.