With now only three weeks to go until Mattel Television and Netflix unleash the eagerly-anticipated pseudo-sequel series Masters of the Universe: Revelation, showrunner & executive producer Kevin Smith is offering some more insight into how the follow-up to the beloved classic came to be, taking a serious approach to the franchise, and how the Marvel Cinematic Universe influenced him for the project.
Speaking with GameSpot, Smith revealed the point he made to Netflix's Ted Bieseli (a MOTU fan) about what he originally titled "Masters of the Universe: The End of the Universe" (with the name changed after it was deemed "a little too dire"). "I was like, 'Look, I just want to do for this what Marvel does for me,'" Smith explained. "'I go to see a Marvel movie, I get my childhood served back to me in a new and interesting way that I could sit down and explain to my kid or my wife what's going on because I know this s**t insanely well.'" That's when Smith realized just how much of a MOTU fan Bieseli was. "He was like, 'Look, there's going to be a temptation to make fun of this stuff- to make jokes at its expense. Please just don't do that.'" Smith continued. "He's going, 'Just treat this [MOTU franchise] like Shakespeare. There's a rich, deep bench of characters as deep as the bench of Marvel characters and DC characters and we don't make fun of those characters. I'm not saying it can't be funny, but don't mock it.'"
For Smith, that was what he needed to hear to get the creative flow flowing. "Him saying treat it like Shakespeare formed the basis for what it became, where it was like, 'Oh my God, we get to write lofty dialogue for these characters. I can't write dialogue like this for Jay and Silent Bob. They don't get to say s**t like this!'. For me, it was dream come true stuff–to write huge superhero dialogue and have it be heard. I've written superhero dialogue for like the comic books, but you don't generally get to hear it performed."
Along with the animated series' July 23rd debut, fans can also look forward to the aftershow special, Revelations: The Masters of the Universe Revelation Aftershow. Hosted by showrunner & EP Kevin Smith; EP & Vice President, Content Creative, Mattel Television Rob David; and actress Tiffany Smith, the 25-minute talk show and celebration of all things "MOTU: Revelation" boasts a guest list that includes Mark Hamill, Chris Wood, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lena Headey, Tiffany Smith, Henry Rollins, Griffin Newman, Jason Mewes, and Alan Oppenheimer. Now here's a look at the new set of preview images, followed by the official teaser and series overview. Now without further ado, here's a look at the first official teaser for Netflix's Masters of the Universe: Revelation:
The war for Eternia culminates in MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVELATION, an innovative and action-packed animated series that picks up where the iconic characters left off decades ago. After a cataclysmic battle between He-Man and Skeletor, Eternia is fractured and the Guardians of Grayskull are scattered. And after decades of secrets tore them apart, it's up to Teela to reunite the broken band of heroes, and solve the mystery of the missing Sword of Power in a race against time to restore Eternia and prevent the end of the universe.
Netflix's Masters of the Universe: Revelation stars Mark Hamill – Skeletor; Lena Headey – Evil-Lyn; Chris Wood – Prince Adam / He-Man; Sarah Michelle Gellar – Teela; Liam Cunningham – Man-At-Arms; Stephen Root – Cringer; Diedrich Bader – King Randor / Trap Jaw; Griffin Newman – Orko; Tiffany Smith – Andra; Henry Rollins – Tri-Klops; Alan Oppenheimer (original Skeletor) – Moss Man; Susan Eisenberg – Sorceress; Alicia Silverstone – Queen Marlena; Justin Long – Roboto; Jason Mewes – Stinkor; Phil LaMarr – He-Ro; Tony Todd – Scare Glow; Cree Summer – Priestess; Kevin Michael Richardson – Beast Man; and Kevin Conroy – Mer-Man.
From showrunner and executive producer Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy), Netflix's Masters of the Universe: Revelation is written by Marc Bernardin (Castle Rock, Alphas), Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Diya Mishra (Magic the Gathering), and Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen)- with music composed by Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Outlander) and animation from Powerhouse Animation (Castlevania). The animated series is also executive produced by Frederic Soulie (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe), Adam Bonnett (Descendants), Christopher Keenan (Justice League, Batman Beyond), and Rob David (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe)- and produced by Susan Corbin (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe)- and produced by Mattel Television.
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