Netflix released a trailer for its forthcoming Masters of the Universe: Revelation animated series. And fans of the original cartoon will undoubtedly be pleased with the 1980s-look of the new one. However, there is at least one warning sign that this version of He-Man might go woke.
The first peek at the latest incarnation of He-Man reveals a cartoon that seems as if it could’ve come straight from the 1980s. Its style is quite similar to the original series, only the artwork is sharper and the animation is smoother. Bounding into Comics reports that the similarities do not end there.
The show’s executive producer Kevin Smith added that “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.”
Another element that may make fans happy is that top talent will be voicing the characters. BiC reports that Chris Wood will portray Prince Adam and He-Man, and Mark Hamill will portray Skeletor. Lena Headey (Evil-Lyn), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Teela), Alicia Silverstone (Queen Marlene), Tony Todd (Scare Glow), and Kevin Conroy (Mer-Man) are among other recognizable names in the cast. Additionally, the original voice of Skeletor, Alan Oppenheimer, will portray Moss Man.
So where is the warning sign that the series might go woke? It comes from how some fans are interpreting an official statement released about the show.
Executive producer on the show and the Vice President of Content Creative at Mattel Television Rob David provided some details on the show’s first episode, “In our first episode, a cataclysmic battle between He-Man and Skeletor leaves Eternia fractured and the Guardians of Grayskull scattered throughout the land. Now it’s up to Teela to reunite the broken band of heroes and ultimately prevent the end of the universe.”
David also added, “And just as the fans of the original have matured, so too has the world of Eternia. Masters of the Universe: Revelation features deeper themes, characterizations and harrowing battles than ever before, designed for the adult audience.”
He further explained, “Fans will watch their favorite characters evolve over the course of the series. Prince Adam/He-Man, Teela, Evil-Lyn and even Orko will all be very different at the end than they are at the beginning as they battle it out for the fate of Eternia. Alliances will shift, destinies will be met, secrets will be revealed.”
While there are several things in that statement that are vague and could either indicate trouble or be nothing at all, David saying that “it’s up to Teela to reunite the broken band of heroes” has particularly raised eyebrows. What does that mean? Nothing or something more serious? In other words, who will be the protagonist of Masters of the Universe: Revelation: He-Man or Teela?
Could He-Man possibly become a secondary character in his own series in order to check a wokeness box? Stay tuned, true believers.
On a lighter note, the song that plays during the trailer is “Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler. It was originally recorded for the Footloose (1984) soundtrack but fits perfectly here. I mean, it is a really 1980s song. Check out the music video for it.
Masters of the Universe: Revelation debuts on Netflix on July 23.