Kevin Smith was at Power-Con in Anaheim, California this weekend. It’s the annual He-Man and She-Ra toy and comic convention, and on Sunday, he surprised his panel audience by announcing not only that there was going to be a new animated He-Man series on Netflix, but that he was going to be the showrunner and executive producer for it.
The new series is called titled Masters of the Universe: Revelation, and will focus on some of the unresolved storylines of the classic ‘80s show.
“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,” Smith said. “In ‘Revelation,’ we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!”
As with most productions these days, it’s a collaborative effort between several different corporate entities. With this series, obviously Mattell is involved, so Mattel Television is producing, alongside executive producer Rob David, the vice president of Mattel TV and author of He-Man: the Eternity War. Other writers include Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen), Diya Mishra (Magic the Gathering) and Marc Bernardin (Alphas). The animation will be provided by Powerhouse Animation, the same company that did Castlevania. They’ll be doing most of the animation themselves, and farming out some of the work to other studios as needed.
“Masters of the Universe has been a cultural phenomenon for generations, inspiring fans to discover their own power within,” said Mr. David . “Fans of this franchise have been waiting for the continuation of these characters, and Kevin Smith, as a ‘Masters’ superfan himself, is the perfect champion and partner to expand the canon through a dynamic animated series on Netflix.”
There are few producers with a passion for the material like Kevin Smith. We have a feeling this is going to go extremely well.