Netflix and Mattel Television’s animated Masters of the Universe: Revelation won’t air until likely 2021, but when it does, it will feature an impressive list of voice talent including Mark Hamill (as Skeletor!), Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kevin Conroy, Lena Headey, Alicia Silverstone, Justin Long, and even…Jason Mewes?
Yes, Jason Mewes is along for the ride, as is befitting a show where movie writer/director Kevin Smith (the Silent Bob to Mewes’ Jay in Jay and Silent Bob) serves as showrunner and executive producer. And even though it’s based on kids’ toys from the 1980s, this new series is…pretty damn serious.
“Teddy Biaselli, our exec at Netflix, is an amazing man, and grew up on the franchise,” Smith told Newsarama. “Teddy's big note and only note was, ‘When I was a kid, I did not realize this was campy. This was so serious to me, please just treat it serious. Treat it like Shakespeare.’”
That’s what the series’ writers, who include Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Diya Mishra (Magic the Gathering), Marc Bernardin (Alphas), and Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen) have done.
“We went in with this mantra of, like, nobody is winking and nobody's acting like this is weirdness,” Smith said. “ManAtArms, Stinkor, or no, it's all played incredibly Game of Thrones-straight.”
And if you let your mind’s eye flash back to old He-Man cartoons you may have seen, you’ll notice something was missing there, which will now be in effect.
“We got fights, because now we can,” Smith said. “They couldn't even really clash swords back then. Adam [He-Man] could raise his sword, but he could never use it.”
Smith also called the new show “a sequel series to the classic era that everybody knows, almost as if this was the next episode in the [original] Filmation series.”
Smith is also pleased with the look of the series.
“If you like the style of Castlevania, just put HeMan through that filter, and it has that feel and look to it,” he said. “It's anime style.”
In fact, the animation will be provided by Powerhouse Animation, who also did Castlevania.
Voice work for the first six episodes is almost done, and as pleased as he is with the animation, Smith said the actors have “really turned this into something even more special. The talent has absolutely elevated it beyond what we had on the page.”
The cast includes:
·Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series) as Skeletor
·Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, 300) as Evil-Lyn
·Chris Wood (Supergirl, The Vampire Diaries) as Prince Adam / He-Man
·Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cruel Intentions) as Teela
·Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, Clash of the Titans) as Man-At-Arms
·Stephen Root (Office Space, Barry) as Cringer
·Diedrich Bader (Office Space, Napoleon Dynamite) as King Randor / Trap Jaw
·Griffin Newman (The Tick, Vinyl) as Orko
·Tiffany Smith (Behind Enemy Lines, Supernatural) as Andra
·Henry Rollins (Johnny Mnemonic, Lost Highway) as Tri-Klops
·Alan Oppenheimer (original Skeletor) (Westworld, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) as Moss Man
·Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman, Justice League) as Sorceress
·Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman & Robin) as Queen Marlena
·Justin Long (Galaxy Quest, Live Free or Die Hard) as Roboto
·Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) as Stinkor
·Phil LaMarr (Mad TV, Justice League) as He-Ro
·Tony Todd (Candyman, Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Scare Glow
·Cree Summer (DC Super Hero Girls, Vampirina) as Priestess
·Kevin Michael Richardson (The Batman, ThunderCats) as Beast Man
·Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Crisis on Infinite Earths) as Mer-Man
·Harley Quinn Smith (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot) as Ileena
Smith called the process so far “insanely gratifying,” and hearkened back to his one and only Netflix note.
“We’ve approached He-Man like a kid show, but kids who watched it never saw this as a kid show,” he said. “That’s the key.”