Fans attending Power-Con, an annual gathering of acolytes of all things ‘Masters of the Universe’ or ‘Princess of Power’, were greeted by an unexpected guest– filmmaker Kevin Smith, who announced that he was spearheading a new anime series for Netflix, ‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation’.
Smith will act as showrunner and executive producer. Mattel Television vice president Rob David, author of ‘He-Man: The Eternity War’ comic book series, will also act as executive producer. The new miniseries will hail from Powerhouse Animation, who delivered Netflix’s hit ‘Castlevania‘. Among the writers are Eric Carrasco (‘Supergirl’), Tim Sheridan (‘Reign of the Supermen‘), and Marc Bernardin (‘Alphas’). This storyline will pick up after the events of the Filmation cartoon of the 1980s which lasted for 131 episodes and will resolve unanswered questions from that series.
— Parks And Cons (@ParksAndCons) August 18, 2019
“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. 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!”
“Masters of the Universe has been a cultural phenomenon for generations, inspiring fans to discover their own power within. 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.”
John Derderian, head of anime content for Netflix also stated:
“He-Man has inspired children — and the child inside of us all — for decades, with his feats of heroism and courage in the face of evil. We can think of no better creator for this show than Kevin Smith, a superfan whose pen is as mighty as He-Man’s Power Sword!”
‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation’ follows the release of ‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’, an all-ages series focused on He-Man’s long-lost twin sister, Adora, a former agent of the Evil Horde, who discovers the truth about her mentors and turns against them to defend the planet Etheria. Though there have been references to Eternia and Castle Grayskull, ‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’ is so far not directly based on ‘He-Man’. The third season of that series dropped last month.
This news also comes as a live-action ‘Masters of the Universe’ film is nearing production. Twin brothers Aaron and Adam Nee will co-direct, with Netflix star Noah Centineo set to star as He-Man a.k.a. Prince Adam. That film is presently scheduled to open on March 5, 2021.
Smith is also developing an animated series for Hulu, based on the Marvel character ‘Howard the Duck’. It was not announced when ‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation’ would arrive.