We are just a few short weeks away from Netflix’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation and we are beyond excited. The new series from Kevin Smith isn’t a reboot of the 80s classic animated show. It is a continuation! We are being given a chance to explore more of the world of Eternia and finally get answers to some long-awaited questions. I recently got the chance to spend the day chatting with the cast about what we can expect to love within the series and their experiences bringing this next installment of the beloved series to life.
For those unfamiliar with roundtable interviews, they’re comprised of multiple journalists from different outlets. They usually run for about 15 minutes. Each journalist is granted at least one question.
The man, the myth, the legend, my friends. I got the chance to chat with Tony Todd, known for his role in Candyman and so much more. He tackled the role of Scare Glow in Masters of the Universe: Revelation. He shared how excited he was to be the first one to bring this character to life on the screen. Todd also chatted with us about what it was like recording the entire series during COVID and only getting to work alongside Smith in his makeshift booth. He was more than ecstatic to share with us what it was like when he finally gets the chance to see the entire project come together in the end.
You know, you start by seeing little stick figures. Then each time they come in and things are more and more developed. The last time I went in about two months ago it was fully realized. I was finally able to see everything and my voice and this whole thing was a dream come true. When my kids were little all I wanted to do was a Disney show because I had watched each one about a hundred times. It didn’t work out, but eventually I finally got to play a robot and then I called my daughter and she said ‘dad when are you going to grow up’? I said that I’m never going to grow up and that is what keeps me working!
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tiffany Smith and Chris Wood
For my second roundtable, I got the chance to chat with Sarah Michelle Gellar (Teela), Tiffany Smith (Andra) and Chris Wood (He-Man). Each has their own role to play in driving Masters of the Universe: Revelation forward and they are all over the moon with the chance to bring this story to life. It was easy to see how in love they were with their characters and the overall story. I took some time to chat with Wood about what it was like to fill the roles of He-Man, one of the most iconic cartoons and action figure characters of all time. Let’s just say – he fills the shoes extremely well.
It’s such an iconic character and I grew up playing with the toys and being obsessed with Grey Skull immensely. It was the most epic boy castle toy ever. I think all of my toys played in it, even the ones who were way to big or to small to fit into it. It was so cool and felt very full circle. It feels great to portray such an iconic pop culture phenomenon. Of course, there is pressure playing it with the comparisons. I tried not to think about it and just decided to do my own thing knowing that the story and the phrases do all the nostalgia work for you.
Honestly, I didn’t need to wink or nudge at anything or be to heavy handed to recreate something. I got to do it my own way and I had a great time to be honest with you. I adored working on this project and Tiffany (Smith), Sarah (Michelle Gellar) and I have just been raving about it all day and how we watched the first five episodes and are all just fans of the show. Makes for a very easy comic con and press day because you are just talking about something you sincerely adore. We had a great time! I’m glad you guys like it and we hope everyone else loves it too.
The first five episodes (of Masters of the Universe: Revelation) are focused on Teela’s story and that is something that I think is so cool with the show that we didn’t get with the original. He-Man and Skeletor are in every episode summersalting across the screen and verbal sparring but they never fought. But this was every episode so there was no sort of specialness to it. Things happen in the series that make their interactions mean more and feel like the stakes are higher. To me, I thought it was a pro and not a con. I always want more He-Man and Skeletor. But this show does a great job navigating and fleshing out other characters and the story which is really cool and exciting.
Part one of Masters of the Universe: Revelation will feature five half-hour episodes releasing on July 23, 2021, on Netflix.