She-Ra Princess of Power finds diversity while staying true to its origins
She-Ra Princess of Power is coming to Netflix in November.
DreamWorks Animation Television debuted the trailer to a full house at New York Comic Con on Thursday, Oct. 4. The rebooted cartoon looks and feels very different from the series that originally aired in 1985.
She-Ra is younger, less sexy and is joined by a far more diverse cast of friends and enemies. However, the new series does keep its iconic sense of humor.
This reboot of the series is executive produced by Noelle Stevenson, who is the creator of Nimona and Lumberjanes, who joined voice actors Aimee Carrero from Elena of Avalor (voice of Adora/She-Ra), Karen Fukuhara from Suicide Squad (voice of Glimmer), Marcus Scribner from black-ish (voice of Bow) and moderator Krutika Malikarjuna (Features Editor for TV Guide) at this highly anticipated panel discussion.
The series is set in the world of Etheria, where Adora learns about her real purpose after she finds a magic sword of becoming She-Ra Princess of Power to battle the evil Horde. The problem is that the orphaned Adora was raised by the Horde and she is just learning that the Horde, led by Hordak is actually evil. New characters that were not featured in the original series such as Entrapa, Mermist and Perfuma have joined the story.
Other voice actors in this talented cast include Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black) as Shadow Weave. AJ Michalka (The Goldbergs) as Catra, Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) as Castaspella, Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains) as Angella, Keston John (The Good Place) as Hordak, Jordan Fisher (Grease Live!) as Seahawk, Lauren Ash (Superstore) as Scorpia, Christine Woods (Hello Ladies) as Entrapta, Genesis Rodriguez (Time After Time) as Perfuma, Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Mermista, Merit Leighton (Katie and Alexa) as Frosta and Krystal Joy Brown (Motown: The Musical) as Netossa.
She-Ra was originally created in 1985 as a spin-off of the popular He-Man Masters of the Universe. While it was popular, its emergence has been blamed for the downfall of the He-Man action figure line because boys no longer saw their beloved characters as "action figures" anymore, they saw them as dolls.
This idea was flushed out in the documentary series The Toys That Made Us, created by Brian Volk-Weiss, so it will be interesting to see what happens with merchandise if this reboot is a hit.
People at New York Comic Con also got to engage in an immersive fan experience that was inspired by the show. Fans got to pose next to a huge She-Ra statue as well as be transported to various parts of Etheria. Plenty of swords and gold tiaras were on hand to make the experience extra special.
Which character are you most excited to meet in the new She-Ra-Princess of Power?
She-Ra Princess of Power debuts on Netflix on November 16.