There are more grunts (five) than lines of dialogue (four) in the first trailer for Kevin Smith’s reboot of the classic, kitschy ’80s animated franchise Masters of the Universe, and that’s exactly the way it should be. The butt of numerous jokes — or tributes, depending on how you view them — through the years, He-Man and his pals have endured precisely because they are so cartoonishly overblown.
While verbally sparse, the trailer for Netflix’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation is propelled by another piece of iconic ’80s kitsch: Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero.” The soaring tune plays throughout the footage as we witness Prince Adam’s transformation into the bemuscled bearer of the Power Sword who confronts the evil Skeletor.
The official plot synopsis reads: “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.”
Showrunner Smith has cast Mark Hamill as Skeletor, Lena Headey as Evil-Lyn, Chris Wood as He-Man, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Teela, Liam Cunningham as Man-At-Arms and Stephen Root as Cringer. The first five episodes will be released on July 23, with more to follow later in the year.
In case viewers thirst for more time in Eternia, Netflix on July 23 is releasing a 25-minute Masters of the Universe: Revelation Aftershow featuring the cast and crew — including Hamill, Wood, Gellar and Headey — discussing the series.
There have been three Masters of the Universe TV shows and one film.
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