Netflix and Mattel Television today revealed a first look at a fresh chapter in the saga of Eternia with the official trailer and images drop for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. According to showrunner and executive producer Rob David (Masters of the Universe: Revelation), VP Content Creative at Mattel Television, the latest iteration of the nearly 40-year-old franchise “brings a fresh stylized take on the world of Eternia, designed to reflect the sensibilities and aspirations of today’s kids, while celebrating the evergreen core truth of Masters of the Universe: we all have the power to become the best version of ourselves.”
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe premieres globally on Netflix September 16.
Synopsis: On Eternia, the first planet of creation, a demonic tyrant rises: Skeletor! With dark armies at his command, Skeletor is on the march, hell-bent on capturing Eternia’s kingdoms, and its ultimate prize – Castle Grayskull, the ancient fortress of mystery said to contain the greatest power in the universe. It’s up to He-Man and his brave squad of rookie heroes to stop Skeletor and restore the peace. Both sides come armed with enchanted Power Weapons – transforming them into Masters of the Primal Powers of the Universe. It’s Master vs. Dark Master, He-Man vs. Skeletor – fighting for control of Eternia, Castle Grayskull, and the fate of us all. In the end, who will become Master of the Universe?
The new series is framed as a coming-of-age story with a cast of teens (and one talking tiger) working toward their heroic futures. A fresh CG look brings the fantasy-meets-sci fi world of Eternia under the guiding hand of co-executive producer Jeff Matsuda (The Batman, TMNT) an animation studios House of Cool (Trollhunters) and CGCG (Star Wars: The Clone Wars).
“Everything that made the original great is baked into this series’ DNA: the ultimate hero, the love-to-hate villain, the deep mythology, the fantasy mixed with sci-fi, the valiant allies and great henchmen, and the comic relief,” David wrote in a blog post timed to the reveal. “In He-Man and the Masters of the Universe we take it all for a fresh spin, bringing kids a breathtaking world where battles are truly earth-shattering, where a wizard is actually a robot with a magic wand and an AI identity crisis, and most importantly…where the heroes saving the universe are a team of kids just like them.”
The voice cast features Yuri Lowenthal (He-Man/Adam/Tuvar), David Kaye (Cringer/Battle Cat), Grey Griffin (Evelyn/Evil-Lyn), Antony Del Rio (Duncan/Man-at-Arms), Kimberly Brooks (Teela/Eldress/Sorceress), Trevor Devall (R’Qazz/Beast Man), Judy Alice Lee (Krass/Ram Ma’am), Roger Craig Smith (Kronis/Trap-Jaw/General Dolos), Fred Tatasciore (King Randor/Baddrah), Ben Diskin (Skeletor/Prince Keldor), Tom Kenny (Ork-0/RK Units), Max Mitchell (Kitty) and Max Stubington (Young Adam).
Developed for television by David, the series is also exec produced by Masters of the Universe: Revelation teammates Frederic Soulie, Adam Bonnett and Christopher Keenan, with Matsuda as co-EP and Susan Corbin (Revelation) as producer. Bryan Q. Miller (Arrow, Smallville, Sleepy Hollow) is story editor; writers are Heath Corson, Amanda Deibert, Keely MacDonald, Peter Binswanger, Lila Scott, Matt Drdek, Julie Benson and Shawna Benson.
And, of course, Mattel is delivering a brand new toy line inspired by the series update featuring both classic and never-before-seen characters. Read all about it from VP, Global Head – Action Figures PJ Lewis here.