Kevin Smith's New "He-Man" Series On Netflix Will Tackle Stories About Abuse, Isolation and Grief!


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Prince Adam/He-Man

No matter how old we get, there just isn't any stopping some good ol' 1980's nostalgia. No matter how different you wrap it then re-distribute it, IP from the 1980's will always seems to get us going.


This time it's He-mans and The Masters Of The Universes time, again?


Entertainment Weekly gave us an exclusive first look at He-man Revelation, The newly renovated animated sequel from the mind of Director and god of all Fanboy's Kevin Smith. The Netflix original will bring back Prince Adam/He-Man (now voiced by Supergirl's Chris Wood) and the gang with a new design by Powerhouse Animation (Castlevania) and an updated story set directly after the events of that original piece of childhood entertainment.


This will be the third redu of the classic Filmation series originally released on September 5th, 1983 which later went on to spawn a live action movie starring Dolph Lundgren. Then in 1990, the cartoon was rebooted in a much more science fiction, futuristic toned series. But this time, there seems to be more darker look and tone, in which Smith promises, this is a sequel to the original series, that will take more of a different approach in the storytelling this time around.


Here's what Smith had to say about working on the series.

"We get to see them engage not just in clashing swords, but in far deeper conversations than we've ever seen them before," he explains. "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. We get 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."

This will in fact be a direct sequel series, meaning the main mythos remains intact. Prince Adam, the son of the ruling family of the realm of Eternia, uses the Sword of Power to transform into the chiseled He-Man (you know, "I have the powah!") to defend his kingdom from threats — mostly from Skeletor and his forces. But now, as Smith says, "the shackles are off" to build a richer lore and explore different aspects to these beloved characters.


Check out some images here:


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The Sorceress & He-Man
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Beast Man
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Skeletor

The series will be split into two parts with the five episodes of Part 1 premiering on Netflix this July 23, and features an all-star voice cast ensemble. That includes Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill as Skeletor, 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.