Monday, August 19, 2019


It is quite something to know that a failed bid by Mattel to make a licensed toy line for the classic fantasy adventure franchise “Conan the Barbarian” led to their development of their own property that, while superficially similar, stands well enough on its own: “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.” The classic 1980s toys were bolstered by a memorable animated series from Filmation, followed by two remakes in the 90s and 2000s. Mattel being Barbie’s creator however, they also created a girls-oriented spinoff in “She-Ra: Princess of Power,” which saw its own 80s show and newer 2018 remake on Netflix. On a seemingly separate note, a third “He-Man” remake has just been announced.

Variety tells us that Netflix is working on a new “He-Man and a Masters of the Universe” series for their ever-growing original content library. The most surprising news about this however is the involvement of Kevin “Silent Bob” Smith as director. The filmmaker revealed the project during the 2019 Power-Con event honoring the “He-Man” and “She-Ra” franchises last Sunday, August 18. And unlike the 2002 series which was a straight remake, this show is a follow-up to the 80s original, similar to the 90 series but entirely its own thing.

“He-Man: Revelation,” according to Smith, will apparently take place in the setting of the Filmation series, but several years later. The director, who also serves as show-runner and executive producer, notes that this Netflix production will address several hanging storylines from the original animation, leading to the often-teased but never-definitive final battle between He-Man, defender of Castle Grayskull, and Skeletor the would-be conqueror of Eternia.

“I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe,” says Kevin Smith as he describes “He-Man: Revelation,” to be produced by Powerhouse Animation, to be “the ‘Masters of the Universe’ story [you] always wanted to see as a kid.” He will have quite the production posse from Mattel TV, with his fellow executive producer being Mattel TV vice president Rob David, who wrote the “He-Man: Eternity War” title for DC Comics. The writing staff for “Revelation” also includes a number of writers from DC Comics and “Magic: The Gathering.” Powerhouse Animation has already made its mark for Netflix by animating the series adaptation for Konami’s “Castlevania” videogame series, which is reportedly getting a third season too.

No date has been revealed for the release of “He-Man: Revelation” on the Netflix platform.

Image courtesy of TV Line


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