With all the current remakes, reboots and rehashes of films and franchises that all children of the 80s and 90s grew up with, it's surprising that He-Man has so far been largely ignored. Apart from the 1987 live action movie and a couple of short lived cartoon relaunches, there hasn't been much for fans to get excited about as Hollywood keep threatening to reboot the series before pulling the plug on a new big screen movie at the last minute.
But that might be about to change with something new to look forward to on the horizon with DC Comics getting ready to launch a new six part series this July... and it sure sounds like it might be a good read.
Written by James Robinson (Justice League, Batman, Starman) and with artwork by Phillip Tan (Spawn), the series titled He-Man and The Masters of the Universe will contain an all new rebooted story with Skeletor already set as ruler of Castle Greyskull. Apparently he finds a way of rejigging the reality of Eternia and casts himself as ruler while wiping the memory of He-Man & Co. who work the land as peasants with no memory of their previous life.
Here's the official description from DC's blog;
"In the new series, Robinson reintroduces the Masters of the Universe to comic readers with Skeletor having won a major victory and rewriting the world of Eternia where he now rules from Castle Grayskull and the Masters have no memory of their former glory. Adam is a simple woodsman haunted by dreams of a heroic warrior, wielding a powerful sword in battle. He is found by a mysterious sorceress who tells him his dreams are of the way the world should be, that he is Eternia's champion He-Man. Adam sets off on a quest to regain his power and reawaken the Masters of the Universe."
And artwork from the new series;
When asked by MTV if these forthcoming comics is Mattel testing the water for a new TV series, film etc, James Robinson had this to say;
''Honestly I don't know. Mattel has been very supportive to my ideas, I do know that. I'm sure as a company they've got their eye on all their franchises for the best way to make the most of them. I know I would.''
The way loved franchises are being exploited at the moment as a relatively safe way to make money from nostalgia, I'm pretty sure Mattel would love to bring He-Man back in a big way. And the sales of these comics will be a good indication if there is an appetite for a rebooted He-Man on our screens.