Here’s our first look at the revival of Kevin Smith’s He-Man: Today, Netflix debuted the first trailer for Masters of the Universe: Revelation, which will hit the streaming service on July 23.
Unlike She-Ra and the Princess of Power, which also stream on Netflix, the new He-Man series is not a reboot of the classic cartoon. Instead, it’s a continuation that, right after the original show ended in 1985, picks up Mark Hamill as the skeleton with the excellent addition.
Here’s how Smith, who is serving as listener, describes it:
Narratively our show is set up as a sequel to an animated series from the 80s that aired from 1983-1985. This is a continuation of the same story. We’re playing with the original mythology and characters, and digging again and deeper into some of the unsolved stories.
Visually we also made the conscious decision to lean into the Masters of the Universe line of toys for inspiration. Mattel owns this entire huge library of artwork, so we immediately wanted the show to open with classic pieces of that artwork. Mattel has been committed to this look since they first debuted as a toy line in the ’80s, and now we’re leaning in and honoring it.