The cast of Netflix's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a reboot of the classic Masters of the Universe spinoff property, revealed during the show's New York Comic Con panel that the series includes at least two LGBT characters. In the '80s, Princess Adora was introduced as the long-lost twin sister of Prince Adam aka. He-Man. She starred in her own series, She-Ra: Princess of Power, which followed the character's adventures as she attempted to free the planet Etheria from the clutches of her foster father Hordak and the Evil Horde. Now, Netflix is rebooting the property for the new animated TV show, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
Developed for television by Nimona and Lumberjanes writer Noelle Stevenson, the She-Ra reboot follows the orphaned Adora, a member of the Horde who discovers a magical sword that, when wielded while saying specific words, turns her into She-Ra, the Princess of Power. With the help of other magical princesses, she'll fight against the Horde - which includes her former friends - in order to free the planet of Etheria from Hordak. In order to promote the upcoming release of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power on Netflix next month, Stevenson appeared on a panel at NYCC along with three members of the cast - where they accidentally revealed some key information about the show.
Stevenson appeared on the panel with stars Aimee Carrero (Adora/She-Ra), Karen Fukuhara (Glimmer) and Marcus Scribner (Bow). When the panelists were asked which of the new show's characters were their favorite, Carrero said, "Bow's dads." Judging by the way Stevenson and the other stars reacted, this was something that was meant to be kept under wraps. Later, Screen Rant participated in a roundtable interview with Scribner and Fukuhara where the actors were asked to elaborate on Bow's dads. Scribner said:
This is difficult because it’s a bit of a spoiler, but at the same time I feel like She-Ra really doesn’t shy away from reflecting what’s actually going on in the world around us. It’s not some topical thing that really needs to be discussed, it just is. Bow has two dads. I feel like it just reflects a lot of modern families and things that are going on in the world around us. I don’t want to talk too much about their personality types and how they each factor in, because that was a bit of a [New York] Comic Con spoiler alert session, but it’s definitely super cool. ... Just know that they play an integral role in a couple scenarios.
When asked about what episode fans can expect the characters to be introduced in, Scribner and Fukuhara said it would be too much of a spoiler to reveal. However, Fukuhara did say, "They’ll come up, they have an episode." So, while it's unclear when exactly Bow's dads will be introduced to the new She-Ra series, based on Scribner and Fukuhara's comments, it's certain they'll be key to season 1, and be a major focus of one particular episode.
She-Ra including two LGBT characters (it's unclear whether they identify as gay or another sexual orientation) is a step forward for representation in the realm of animation. Nickelodeon's The Legend of Korra ended in 2014 with two of the show's female characters, Korra and Asami, holding hands; it was later confirmed by the creators that the scene indicated they began a romantic relationship. More recently, shows like Cartoon Network's Steven Universe and Netflix's Voltron: Legendary Defender have been praised their inclusion of LGBT characters. Now, She-Ra will join their ranks in adding diverse representation to the genre of children's animation, allowing young viewers of a new generation to see more characters who are part of the LGBT community.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power season 1 premieres Friday, November 16 on Netflix.