Netflix has finally released the first Masters of the Universe: Revelation photos for Kevin Smith’s upcoming sequel series to the classic 80s animated show titled He-Man and the Masters of the Universe from Filmation. Revelation Part 1 is scheduled to make its debut on Friday, July 23 with the first five episodes of the 10-episode series. The photos, which you can check out below, feature our first look at the updated versions of the main characters including He-Man, Skeletor, Evil-Lyn, Teela, and Beast Man, who are being voiced by Chris Wood, Mark Hamill, Lena Head, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Kevin Michael Richardson, respectively.
“I watched all of the TV series growing up, it was everywhere in the ‘80s,” Smith said on growing up with the classic series. “These characters started off as toys and ended up becoming part of the global pop culture fabric. So much of this show has been possible because of the love and affection for this world at every level of production and the fandom surrounding this franchise.”
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.
He also went on to further tease new details about the upcoming series including its star-studded voice cast, the themes of the storylines, and what fans should expect to see in the series. “A big reason we got such top-tier voice talent is because people genuinely want to be a part of this world. So many of us were touched by these stories and these characters early in our lives and were so happy to come back to Eternia,” Smith explained. “But even if you’ve never watched a single episode of the show or don’t know this universe at all, you can jump right into the story. It’s a really classic, universal action-adventure epic about growth, discovery, magic, and power. This series explores destiny in a fresh way. There’s a lot of reconciling with secrets, betrayal, trust, acceptance, love, and ultimately, loss.”
He added, “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. We’re playing with the original mythology and characters, and revisiting and digging deeper into some of the unresolved storylines. Visually we also made the conscious decision to lean into the MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE line of toys for inspiration as well.”
The series features an incredible ensemble voice cast led by Chris Wood (Supergirl) as Prince Adam/He-Man, Mark Hamill (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as Skeletor, Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) as Skeletor’s right-hand woman Evil-Lyn and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Teela.
Joining them are Liam Cunningham as Man-At-Arms, Stephen Root as Cringer, Diedrich Bader as King Randor/ Trap Jaw, Griffin Newman as Orko, Tiffany Smith as Andra, Henry Rollins as Tri-Klops, Alan Oppenheimer as Moss Man, Susan Eisenberg as Sorceress, Alicia Silverstone as Queen Marlena, Justin Long as Roboto, Jason Mewes as Stinkor, Phil LaMarr as He-Ro, Tony Todd as Scare Glow, Cree Summer as Priestess, Kevin Michael Richardson as Beast Man, and Kevin Conroy as Mer-Man.
Based on Mattel’s popular toy line of the same name, Masters of the Universe: Revelation is executive produced by Kevin Smith, who is also serving as the showrunner. The series is written by Marc Bernadin, Eric Carrasco, Diya Mishra, and Tim Sheridan, with Powerhouse Animation (Castlevania) set as the animation studio for the series.
Executive producers are 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), with Susan Corbin set as a producer. Bear McCreary also serves as the composer for the series.