Masters of the Universe is coming back – and Kevin Smith is pulling the strings. He made the announcement Sunday during a panel at Power-Con, telling audiences that the Netflix show, officially titled Masters of the Universe: Revelation, will pick up exactly where the ’80s show left off.
— Masters of the Universe (@MastersOfficial) August 18, 2019
Smith, already established as a director and writer across several mediums, calls himself a huge fan of the Mattel toy-brand turned TV show. That’s why he hopes to resolve some of those nostalgic untold tales. He’ll serve as both executive producer and show runner for the upcoming cartoon – correction – anime. Yes, Masters of the Universe: Revelation is being called an anime rather than a cartoon. It’s unclear why that is, given that Smith himself is an American and Powerhouse Animation, the studio producing the show, is based in Austin Texas. Notably though, Powerhouse is also the company behind Netflix’s beloved Castelvania series.
“I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe,” said Smith in a statement. “In Revelation, we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!”
To help bring the series to life, Smith is bringing along He-Man: the Eternity War author Rob David to produce while writers include Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen), Diya Mishra (Magic the Gathering) and Marc Bernardin (Alphas).
Once Smith’s Masters of the Universe hits Netflix, the streamer will be home to both She-Ra and He-Man, although it’s not clear at this point if or how the two would interact. Until then, all we can do is speculate.