When a director like Kevin Smith gets oneholding a popular franchise, it’s natural to be curious about what it will do do with it. Which doubles as something like hers new He-Man show on Netflix, because the streamer reviewed it so successfully She-Ra and the Princesses of Power not too long ago. Recently, io9 spoke with Smith, who explained it while he was afraid of what the team had to do with it Ella-Ra, his show, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, it goes in another direction.
“Our manifesto was to be fanservicey,” Smith told io9 by phone last month promotes his new book. “We didn’t have any kind of creativity, we call it freedom, to reinvent the franchise that way Ella-Ra he did and he did it brilliantly. [Noelle Stevenson’s] Ella-Ra cartoon played to many more people than it would probably have ever played if they had kept it only in its original incarnation. Ma Ella-Ra, even in its era, it was not as well known as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe sor there is more room for creativity here. And in fact, that’s what they were allowed to do. »
Instead of reinvention, Smith and his team went the other way: they supported hard on what the animated original serious was, which is the only reason why Smith took the job first. “To be honest with you, I wouldn’t have taken the job if they were like‘ You’re going to reinvent yourself He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,“” Smith said, “I’m really not that creative. I wouldn’t be the type who would have to reinvent something. But if you want to keep going with love, go to the franchise and just grow the characters a little bit because their conversations are a little bit more adult-oriented? [I’m your guy.]“He clarified,‘ And it certainly doesn’t mean everyone is talking about sex. Not at all. There is no sex in the show. It’s definitely a family-oriented show. The idea entered was we should be able to show the characters that both audiences can enjoy. The audience that has grown up watching it, which is now like in their 40s or 50s, and their children-weh, presumably, they’re going to watch this show with. ”
That’s where Marvel inspiration came in. Smith said in the writer’s room that he and the others had tried to use what he called the Marvel method. “And by Marvel’s method, we mean the Marvel Cinematic Universe“He said.” That’s when I go to the Marvel movie and I take my son, I have fun and I like to share him with my son because I was like, ‘That’s the shit I grew up with. Now you’re grown even on this … That’s what we infused into the DNA of Masters of the Universe: Revelation. “
Smith said he had the same experience when his father brought him to see him Raiders of the Lost Ark is, more recently, watching WandaVision. “It’s meant to be enjoyed in the same way that I like it WandaVision with my wife, “Smith said.” My wife didn’t know shit about the Marvel Universe. And finally, it was like, ‘I’ll see this WandaVision, ‘ [and] every three minutes on the show I had a break to be like “Let me explain the story and do a full tutorial.” Then if you know [Masters of the Universe], you will be amazed at the fidelity of the original show, of the show you grew up with [this one is.] Let’s just take the next logical step into a more current type of narrative. ”But the creator doesn’t want fans to worry when he says things like“ more current narrative. ”
“Again, it’s not like we broke everyone and now they’re all cyberpunk versions of themselves,” he said. “They’re recognizable to what everyone used to look at on the classic version of the cartoon … if they were like,‘ Hey, man, we want you to take this and fuck it apart. We want you to deal with it Masters of the Universe what they did with it Ella-Ra, “It would be like“ I’m the absolutely wrong guy for that. “You need a visionary for something like that. But what if you ask me to just continue the story? That’s what I do in comics anyway. Like when I wrote my Daredevil run, when I wrote my Gback Arrow run, and I approached this in the same way. This is just me doing a series of numbers of Masters of the Universe and the characters are in my care for this very limited time. But I didn’t create these characters. So I don’t even feel the need to recreate these characters. ”
We’ll meet those characters – voiced by Chris Wood, Mark Hamill, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lena Headey, Diedrich Bader, Alicia Silverstone, Susan Eisenberg, Kevin Conroy, and even more – on July 23rd when Masters of the Universe: Revelation debuted on Netflix. Stay tuned too io9, we’ll get more from Smith soon.
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