Fans finally get their first official look at Kevin Smith's Masters of the Universe: Revelation animated series, along with its Netflix premiere date.
haNetflix and Mattel Television have released the first photos from Masters of the Universe: Revelation, along with the announcement of when the new animated series from Kevin Smith will premiere on Netflix.
The photos give fans a glimpse at Prince Adam/He-Man (Chris Wood), his nemesis Skeletor (Mark Hamill), Sorceress (Susan Eisenberg), Teela (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Moss Man (Alan Oppenheimer), Beast Man (Kevin Michael Richardson), Orko (Griffin Newman), Andra (Tiffany Smith), Roboto (Justin Long) and Evil-Lyn (Lena Headey).
"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," Kevin Smith said while discussing growing up on Masters of the Universe. "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. 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."
Smith also teased fans with what they can expect from this new take on Masters 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," he said. "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."
Developed by Kevin Smith, produced by Mattel Television with animation by Powerhouse Animation, Masters of the Universe: Revelation stars 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 and Kevin Conroy as Mer-Man. The series will premiere July 23 on Netflix.