Good times, man, Good Times. I can remember living precariously through my nephew as he watched the original Masters of the Universe. Between the show and all the cool toys, it was like living my childhood again. (Of course, some might say I never grew up). However, I wasn’t alone in my fondness for the denizens of Eternia. Masters of the Universe is being revisited in a still in the works live action film, and two animated versions. The second is being ramrodded and executive produced by Kevin Smith and is aimed at those fans of the original 80’s cartoon.
Entitled Masters of the Universe: Revelation, it features Supergirl’s Chris Wood as the voice of He-Man/Prince Adam and Mark Hamill as Skeletor. That alone would be worth the price of admission. And as one might expect, Kevin Smith is excited to see it brought to the fans. As he explained to EW:
Everything I’ve ever worked on in like 27 years, this is easily in the top five of my favorite, most satisfying projects, When I die, they’ll be like, ‘He made Clerks, remember?’ ‘Cause that’s the most memorable thing I think I’ve ever done. I think this has a running shot at being like, ‘He made Clerks and that one cartoon that one time.’
Coming to Netflix in two parts, with the first part premiering on July 23rd, the voice cast includes (besides Woods and Hamill) Game of Thrones‘ Lena Headey as Evil-Lyn, Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Sarah Michelle Gellar as Teela, Clueless star Alicia Silverstone as Queen Marlena, iconic Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy as Mer-Man, and the original voice of Skeletor, Alan Oppenheimer, now in the role of Moss Man. Obviously, Netflix and Smith are not messing around with this kind of voice talent.
Smith also wants fans to know that this version will delve deep into the conflicts between He-Man and Skeletor and not just the swordplay aspect.
We get to see them engage not just in clashing swords, but in far deeper conversations than we’ve ever seen them before, It’s not just simply like these two dudes [He-Man and Skeletor] have been trying to beat each other up for decades. We get to tell stories of abuse. To kind of tell stories of isolation, grief. We use these characters as long as they’ve been around — and most people consider them toys or action figures — to tell insanely human stories set in a very inhuman world.
Sounds kind of amazing doesn’t it? If the glimpses that EW has shown are any indication, it is. Are you ready to re-enter the world of Eternia? If so, share your thought about the new series with us at Geek Vibes Nation.
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