Showrunner Kevin Smith has today given us our first taste at Masters of the Universe: Revelation; the upcoming Netflix Original anime series created by Smith and based upon the characters of Masters of the Universe in a collaboration between Netflix and Mattel Television. The series is produced by Powerhouse Animation Studio and is the third series produced by the studio after Castlevania and Seis Manos. Smith is joined by four writers; Marc Bernardin (Castle Rock), Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Diya Mishra (October Faction) and Tim Sheridan (The Death and Return of Superman).
In an instagram post he revealed a tease of the shows music from Composer Bear McCreary
The show has assembled a stellar voice cast including Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Liam Cunningham, Chris Wood, Kevin Michael Richardson, Kevin Conroy, Justin Long, Phil Lamarr, Tony Todd and Alicia Silverstone.
According to the show’s synopsis:
“A radical return to Eternia, Revelation is a direct sequel series to the classic era of Masters of the Universe. Featuring fan-favorites He-Man, Orko, Cringer and Man-At-Arms, the story pits our heroic warriors and guardians of Castle Grayskull against Skeletor, Evil-Lyn, Beast Man and the vile legions of snake mountain!
But after a ferocious final battle forever fractures Eternia, it’s up to Teela to solve the mystery of the missing Sword of Power in a race against time to prevent the end of the Universe! Her journey will uncover the secrets of Grayskull at last. This is the epic He-Man and the Masters of the Universe saga fans have waited 35 years to see!”
The Mattel company released the original He-Man action figure in 1982; the franchise backstory was developed by the Filmation animation studio. Some time after, both firms pitched the idea to the ABC network, who turned it down. The resulting series, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was syndicated in September 1983, and became the first syndicated show to be based on a toy. By 1984, it was seen on 120 U.S. stations and in more than 30 countries The franchise has been adapted many times in comic book and comic strip form, and a live-action film was produced in 1987. A rebooted series, Masters of the Universe vs. The Snake Men released on Toonami on August 16, 2002.
The show is due to release on Netflix later this year. A new toy line from Mattel and a tie-in comic book is also expected to be released along with the show.
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