From signature attack moves to reimagined characters, Netflix’s He-Man And The Masters of the Universe reboot offers an overdue refresh.
Netflix’s 2021 remake of He-Man and The Masters of the Universe updates the franchise considerably from the original with a number of changes. Developed by Robert David (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and orchestrated by head writer Bryan Q. Miller (Motherland: Fort Salem), the series is the second updated concept of the He-Man franchise to drop on the streaming giant this year and does what Kevin Smith’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation could not: it makes the seasoned franchise relevant to a new audience. Whereas Smith’s iteration leaned heavily on Gen X’s nostalgia for the 1980’s Saturday morning cartoon, David and Miller recognize that attention spans have gotten shorter so the surprises and unexpected twists need to keep coming.
And there are a lot of surprises in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. From a droid who thinks they’re a magician to a talking tiger, the series takes welcome freedom in re-inventing established characters and bringing them into the 21st century. Similarly, the animation abandons the familiar renderings of characters and environment used in the past and replaces them with something surprisingly inviting: a cross between an anime-inspired CGI acid trip and a battle arena from the latest viral video game.