Netflix has debuted the first images for the highly anticipated new He-Man series, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, and announced that Part 1 (5 x 30′) of the animated action-adventure will drop Friday, July 23 exclusively on the streamer. Produced by Mattel Television with animation from Castlevania studio Powerhouse Animation, the series hails from showrunner and exec producer Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy).
“I watched all of the TV series growing up, it was everywhere in the ’80s. These characters started off as toys and ended up becoming part of the global pop culture fabric. So much of this show has been possible because of the love and affection for this world at every level of production and the fandom surrounding this franchise. 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,” Smith shared. “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.”
Synopsis: The war for Eternia culminates in Masters of the Universe: Revelation, an innovative and action-packed animated series that picks up where the iconic characters left off decades ago. After a cataclysmic battle between He-Man and Skeletor, Eternia is fractured and the Guardians of Grayskull are scattered. And after decades of secrets tore them apart, it’s up to Teela to reunite the broken band of heroes, and solve the mystery of the missing Sword of Power in a race against time to restore Eternia and prevent the end of the universe.
“Narratively our show is set up as the next episode in the legacy ’80s animated series that aired from 1983-1985. This is a continuation of that story,” Smith added. “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.
Voice cast include:
- Mark Hamill as Skeletor
- Lena Headey as Evil-Lyn
- Chris Wood as Prince Adam / He-Man
- Sarah Michelle Gellar as Teela
- Liam Cunningham as Man-At-Arms
- Stephen Root as Cringer
- Diedrich Bader as King Randor / Trap Jaw
- Griffin Newman as Orko
- Tiffany Smith as Andra
- Henry Rollins as Tri-Klops
- Alan Oppenheimer (original Skeletor) as Moss Man
- Susan Eisenberg as Sorceress
- Alicia Silverstone as Queen Marlena
- Justin Long as Roboto
- Jason Mewes as Stinkor
- Phil LaMarr as He-Ro
- Tony Todd as Scare Glow
- Cree Summer as Priestess
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Beast Man
- Kevin Conroy as as Mer-Man
Alongside Smith, Revelation is executive produced by Frederic Soulie (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe), Adam Bonnett (Descendants), Christopher Keenan (Justice League, Batman Beyond) and Rob David (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe); Susan Corbin (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) is series producer. Writers are Marc Bernardin (Castle Rock, Alphas), Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Diya Mishra (Magic the Gathering) and Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen). Composer is Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Outlander).
Of course, Mattel is planning a brand-new Masters of the Universe “Masterverse” toy line inspired by the new animated series. Read more about it from PJ Lewis, VP, Global Head – Action Figures here.