Netflix arrived at New York Comic Con bearing a major gift– the first full trailer for ‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’. With ‘Adventure Time’ finished, viewers need an infusion of mighty princesses and it looks as though this series will deliver.
This is a modern update of the 1980s cartoon based on a Mattel toy line that was a spin-off of ‘He-Man and the Masters of the Universe’. He-Man is absent, so Adora’s transformation from Force Captain of the Evil Horde to heroic defender is reinterpreted, but in the new clip, you can see Adora’s discovery of the Sword of Protection. It seems that, like in the original, this weapon can convert into various forms, like a shield.
Also like in the original, Adora has been raised by Hordak and Shadow Weaver in the Fright Zone, never realizing that her benefactors are diabolical conquerors, even though, as Bow puts it, “Your army is called ‘The EVIL Horde’.”
Fans of the original cartoon have been put off by the more youthful artwork of this update (referred to as CalArts style), but pssst, here’s a secret— it’s not for you, Memaw. The new ‘She-Ra’ definitely has a ‘Steven Universe’ vibe which may make it appealing to modern day kids.
Check out the new trailer below:
As it was on the original series, it seems that Bow and Glimmer will be the most heavily featured supporting characters, but Catra has had her role expanded. In this version, she and Adora are best friends, until Adora learns the truth about the Horde.
Noelle Stevenson, creator of the award-winning comic book ‘Lumberjanes’ oversaw the development of this series and stated:
“[She-Ra] has this majority female cast, it’s centered around a female hero, it’s got rainbows and it’s got robots, it’s got everything I like in one place.
“We’ve really started from the same starting point where the original show started from because Adora has such a great backstory. She’s separated from her family as a baby, she’s sent to another planet, she’s adopted by the villain overlord and raised by him in this evil army. She’s been raised to believe that the villains are doing the right thing and that the Princesses are the evil ones. And so we follow her as she has this crisis of faith; she’s been very sheltered her whole life and as she starts to experience the world, she realizes that there’s more to this than she knew, that maybe there’s a reason they were called the Evil Horde…that maybe they were evil.”
The cast includes Aimee Carrero as Adora/She-Ra, plus Lauren Ash as Scorpia, Krystal Joy Brown as Netossa, Jordan Fisher as Seahawk, Karen Fukuhara as Glimmer, Keston John as Hordak, Merit Leighton as Frosta, Vella Lovell as Mermista, AJ Michalka as Catra, Sandra Oh as Castaspella, Genesis Rodriguez as Perfuma, Marcus Scribner as Bow, Reshma Shetty as Angella, Lorraine Toussaint as Shadow Weaver, and Christine Woods as Entrapta.
‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’ premiers on Netflix on November 16.