He-Man is on the way to Netflix!
An animated series titled Masters of the Universe: Revelation is heading to Netflix, based on the beloved He-Man toy franchise from Mattel. Behind it is Kevin Smith, who surprised fans with the news while at Power-Con over the weekend.
“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,” the Clerks and Mallrats director said in a statement.
“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!”
As Smith mentioned, the animation will be coming from Powerhouse Animation Studios, who are also behind Netflix’s – fantastic and very bloody – Dracula animated series Castelvania.
Smith will be serving as both executive producer and showrunner on the limited series, which will bring to the screen unresolved storylines of the classic ’80s era series. Mattel Television is producing, with He-Man: The Eternity War comic author and VP of Mattel Television VP Rob David attached as executive producer.
“Masters of the Universe has been a cultural phenomenon for generations, inspiring fans to discover their own power within,” David said. “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.”
The writing team includes Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen), Diya Mishra (Magic the Gathering), and Marc Bernardin (Alphas).
Netflix also has animated show She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, which is focused on the titular twin sister of He-Man. The potential is certainly there for a cross-over, although nothing’s been mentioned on that front as yet.
Check out the moody poster Netflix has released for Master of the Universe: Revelation: