Kevin Smith has the power! The star of the “Jay and Silent Bob” franchise and Comic Book Men announced that he will be directing a the new He-Man series coming to soon to Neflix. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Revelation will pick up where original series left off, depicting the final battle between He-Man and his arch nemesis Skeletor. Smith promises that “this is the Masters of the Universe story you wanted to see as a kid.”
And it very well could be. Mattel Television is gathering some of the best talented writers for the project including Eric Carraso (Supergirl), Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen), Diya Mishra (Magic the Gathering), Marc Bernadin (Alphas) and Mattel TV vice president and author of “He-Man: The Eternity War” Rob David. Powerhouse Animation, the animation studio behind the successful Castlevania series, will be on board for the project.
“Masters of the Universe has been a cultural phenomenon for generations, inspiring fans to find their own power,” David said. “Fans of this franchise have been waiting for the continuation of these characters, and Kevin Smith, as a ‘Masters’ superfan, is the perfect champion and partner to expand the canon through a dynamic animated series on Netflix.”
Masters of the Universe: Revelation will take place in the 80s Mattel storyline and will focus on some unresolved stories of the original series. Kevin Smith will serve as showrunner and executive producer.
Mattel TV had produced a previous He-Man series in 2002 that aired on Cartoon Network from 2002 to 2004 to coincide with the relaunching of the toyline. Despite being well received by fans, the series was canceled due to the toyline’s unsuccessful relaunch.
As we have seen, the revival of classic cartoons for the Gen-X era have found new life on Netflix. Dreamworks Voltron: Legendary Defender ran for eight seasons from June 2016 to December 2018 for 76 episodes. The series has been nominated for and won several awards for voice acting, animation, and received the 2018 Comicbook.com Golden Issue Award for Best Animated Series. Dreamworks recently released an updated version of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power in November 2018. Despite controversy over the characters design, the series has grown in popularity and has been nominated for several awards including the 2019 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding casting in an Animated Series and GLAAD Award for Outstanding Children’s Programming.