The rumors are true, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe will be coming back, this summer. Not only that, but it’s picking up right where the original 80s cartoon left off.
The same studio that works on Netflix’s Castlevania series, Powerhouse Animation will also be working on Masters of the Universe: Revelation. The series will be helmed by Kevin Smith, the director of the Clerks movies.
There are some fresh screenshots of the new He-Man series and they honestly look amazing. They do have a bit of anime feel to them, but it works and it looks as though the show will keep a bit of the original cartoon series look to them. It’s reminiscent of the Thundercats remake that lasted just one season in 2011.
This looks much better than the train wreck that was the She-Ra reboot.
Kevin Smith commented on getting into the Masters of the Universe including putting together the voice cast, which has some biggest names in the industry.
The cast is made up of Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Lena Headey, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Stephen Root, Diedrich Bader, Phil LaMarr, Alicia Silverstone, and Chris Wood as Prince Adam/He-Man.
“A big reason we got such top tier voice talent is because people genuinely want to be a part of this world. So many of us were touched by these stories and these characters early in our lives and were so happy to come back to Eternia. But even if you’ve never watched a single episode of the show or don’t know this universe at all, you can jump right into the story. It’s a really classic, universal action-adventure epic about growth, discovery, magic, and power. This series explores destiny in a fresh way. There’s a lot of reconciling with secrets, betrayal, trust, acceptance, love, and ultimately, loss.”
Smith also talked about the direction of the series:
“We’re playing with the original mythology and characters, and revisiting and digging deeper into some of the unresolved storylines. Visually we also made the conscious decision to lean into the Masters Of The Universe line of toys for inspiration as well. Mattel owns this entire vast library of that artwork, so right away we wanted the show to open with classic pieces of that artwork. Mattel has been committed to this look since they first started as a toy line in the ’80s, and now we’re leaning into it and honoring it.”
Seeing that the toys go hand-in-hand with the show and in fact, the toys were released before the original series, Mattel is of course making toys to go along with the new He-Man show.
The first five half-hour shows of Masters of the Universe: Revelation will launch on Netflix on July 23 and the first wave of toys will arrive over a month before that at major retailers on June 15.
Below are the rest of the photos from the new series: