Images have been revealed for Netflix and Noelle Stevenson's She-Ra reboot, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and a premiere date has been set. Fans were excited when the project was announced last December by Netflix and Dreamworks, and the reboot's cast was recently rounded out.
She-Ra: Princess of Power spun out of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, first airing in 1985. The show centered on Princess Adora, the long-lost twin sister of Prince Adam, aka He-Man. Although He-Man was based on Mattel’s toy line, She-Ra was a joint creation of cartoon studio Filmation and Mattel, in the hopes of making a show that would better appeal to young girls - although She-Ra got her own toy counterparts as well. There have been several attempts resurrect He-Man, but this will be She-Ra’s first foray into television since her original series.
EW has revealed the slick redesign of the character (above and below), as well as the premiere date, which is set for November 16 of this year. The series will follow the same basic blueprint as the original, with She-Ra kidnapped by the evil Hordak as an infant and raised in his Horde. According to Stevenson, Adora will suffer “a crisis of faith” when she discovers the truth of her identity.
Stevenson will serve as showrunner, and that will be a first for the 26-year old Eisner Award-winning cartoonist. She has become known in the comics community for her work on Nimona and Lumberjanes. Both have been optioned for film adaptations, with the former being animated and the latter live-action. Stevenson appears just as excited as fans are about the reboot, stating, “[She-Ra] has this majority female cast, it’s centered around a female hero, it’s got rainbows and it’s got robots, it’s got everything I like in one place.”
There weren’t too many cartoon characters for young girls to looks up to in the ‘80s. In a landscape populated by Transformers, Thundercats and G.I. Joe, girls were left with Jem and the Holograms and She-Ra. Although both series were undeniably products of their time, they both did feature female characters that girls could both relate to and aspire to be. Sadly, all of the elements that made Jem great were lost in the 2015 film, but if these images are any indication, She-Ra won't suffer the same fate. The original cartoon may have been created mainly to sell toys, but there is still a real opportunity to make something great out this story.
Stevenson is an excellent choice for showrunner, having a proven track record of creating interesting female characters. Aside from promising images and talent behind the scenes, the show’s title, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power hints that perhaps this series will have more of a team dynamic than the original. Thankfully, fans won’t have to wait too long to journey back to Etheria and meet this new incarnation of Adora.