As part of an announcment of several new animated series coming to Netflix, DreamWorks dropped that an updated She-Ra will debut in 2018! Executive produced by Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona), the series will be an updated version of the ’80s She-Ra: Princess of Power which was a spin off of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
We’ve got a new trailer for the series, which also coincides with the news the release date for the series has moved up to November 13th!
We’ve also got new character bios for the She-Ra cast!
The NYCC panel for the series gave us a ton of new looks and insights into the series. First up is a poster of the entire cast, including She-Ra, Catra, Hordak, Shadow Weaver, Entrapta, Scorpia, Netossa, Frosta, Mermista, Perfuma, Spinerella, and Swift Wind!
Stevenson was on the panel with Aimie Carrero (Adora), Marcus Scribner (Bow), and Karen Fukuhara (Glimmer.) Several clips were shown, showing off the realationships between all the characters. Here are some tidbits we were able to get about the series and characters.
-Adora will start the series with the Horde but, after discovering the sword, will join up with the rebellion against Hordak. This will drive a wedge between her close friendship with Catra, who will remain with the Horde.
-Adora spends most of her time as Adora and won’t stay as She-Ra all the time.
-Glimmer is the princess of Bright Moon. She leads the rebellion there and is passioniate yet stubborn. Her best friend is Bow.
-Bow is the rebellions tech master. Scriber described him as a “super dope awesome cool nerd.” While he doesn’t have any special powers he does all he can to support the Princesses. He isn’t at the forefront of combat.
-Catra’s is Adora’s former best friend and was devasted when she left the Horde. Her realationship with Adora will be the core of the show. Throughout it all they “never stop being important to each other” according to Stevenson.
-The series will feature a story of redemption for Adora, tackling “what happens when you realize you haven’t been doing the right thing. How do you make up for it? How do you say goodbye to people who aren’t helping make things better?”
-The first big arc for Adors is figuring out what’s real and what’s been a lie.
-Glimmer intitially doesn’t trust Adora because the Horde destroyed her family, but Bow is more open and welcoming to her.
-Hordak stays in his lab while Shadow Weaver is more the public face of the Horde. The cadets (which Adora and Catra were apart of) have barely if ever seen Hordak.
-The first season is based around forging new alliances with the various princesses. Glimmer’s mother used to be a part of the old alliance but it ended badly.
-There are many easter eggs to the original 80’s She-Ra series. Stevenson promised that “almost every single character has their basis in a classic character.” In making the new series the behind the scenes team strove to deepen the lore and take the characters to new heights and depths.
-The series won’t just be focusing on She-Ra but give everyone a chance in the spotlight.
-Glimmer and Bow do share a song.
-There will be original She-Ra fiction aimed at 7-10 year olds.
At NYCC we got a brand new trailer that features the plot for much of the first season. Tons of new footage and looks at so many characters!
Our previous first look at the animation the new She-Ra series is absolutely gorgeous and promsies a whole world of adventure.
Plus, the iconic “for the honor of grayskull!” is still intact. Beautiful.Read and download the Den of Geek NYCC 2018 Special Edition Magazine right here!
She-Ra Release Date
The updated She-Ra: Princesses of Power will now arrive November 13th on Netflix! This moves up the release date a few days from its original November 16th release date. We’ve also got some new sneak peak images that show off the updated forms of several characters, including Bow, Glimmer, and Catra!
Below we’ve got the official description directly from DreamWorks.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora, who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil.
You want a poster for the series? We’ve got it!
Something to note is the title of the series isn’t just She-Ra, as we originally thought, or even the original She-Ra: Princess of Power. It’s now She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, hinting at more of a team based show.
She-Ra and the Princesesses of Power Cast
The cast list boasts a ton of big (and diverse!) names which are all below and we’ve got a photo of some of the cast with executive producer Noelle Stevenson.
Aimee Carrero (Elena of Avalor) as Adora/She-Ra
Jordan Fisher (Grease Live!) as Seahawk
Marcus Scribner (black-ish) as Bow
Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black) as Shadow Weaver
Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) as Castaspella
Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) as Glimmer
AJ Michalka (The Goldbergs) as Catra
Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains) as Angella
Keston John (The Good Place) as Hordak
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 (Alexa and Katie) as Frosta
Krystal Joy Brown (Motown: The Musical) as Netossa
We also have the originald description from the first press release that talks a bit more about the making of the seires.
“From Eisner Award-winning author and executive producer Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Nimona) comes a modern take on the ‘80s girl power icon for a new generation of young fans. The trailblazing property originally debuted in 1985 to satisfy overwhelming demand for a female lead fantasy series. With Stevenson’s unique voice at the helm, fans are in store for an epic and timely tale that celebrates female friendship and empowerment, lead by a warrior princess tailor made for today. The series will be available to Netflix members worldwide in 2018.”
We’ve also got some strong evidence that Kari Kimmel (who performed The Fosters theme) will be singing the new She-Ra theme. In a post on her website she has this in her bio.
“Kari most recently landed her 16th theme song for the upcoming Dreamworks remake of a very popular 80s show which will be premiering in the fall of 2018.”
We’ve seen the shows DreamWorks announced for 2018 and She-Ra is the only ’80s reboot show premiering in 2018. We’re excited to hear what this new take will sound like.
A storyboard artist on the series, Mickey Quinn was posting about her love of the series and seemed to indicate She-Ra villain Hordak might be appearing in the series.
If you’re worried about the quality of the new series, He-Man super fan (and writer of He-Man reference books) James Eatock has seen the series bible and loves it. In a furthur post on a He-Man message board he elaborated.
1) The writer(s) of the series bible clearly have a LOVE/appreciation of the original Filmation show…or at least have done a LOT of wonderful research and taken some of the best aspects of the original series
2) The story arc is truly EPIC
3) This show thankfully does NOT feature awful smart-ass snarky dialogue
4) The characters are VERY well defined; some FAR stronger than their original Filmation counterparts
As someone that LOVES the Filmation show, I am VERY much looking forward to this new series – I honestly believe they’re onto a winner!
Netflix and DreamWorks have had some amazing successes with its other action adventure series including Voltron Legendary Defender and Trollhunters so adding She-Ra to that? We’re ready.
It’s interesting that they aren’t having a He-Man series to go along with this but She-Ra has been criminally underserved since the ’80s so it’s great she’ll get the spotlight. Stevenson’s past work proves she’s got the talent to work on this series (she’s also done amazing work on DuckTales).
Stay tuned to Den of Geek for all things She-Ra.
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