Both ComingSoon.net and EW reported yesterday that Sony has set an official release date for a new live-action He-Man and the Masters of the Universe film: DECEMBER 18, 2019. The movie has been in development for quite some time, and is currently without a director since McG exited stage left (despite ComingSoon.net’s outdated information). The screenplay is in the hands of David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel) and “many actors, including A-list talent, are vying for key roles,” according to EW.
What would really make a new He-Man movie phenomenal? Here are some thoughts:
- Build a universe for the Masters. There are so many awesome characters that if the studio and screenwriters handle them correctly, Masters of the Universe could become a franchise as big as Marvel and DC.
- No new characters. To me, one of the biggest flubs of the 1987 film was the addition of Gwildor, Julie, and Kevin. Where was Orko? Randor? They had so much to work with, but using these new characters just caused unnecessary confusion.
- Keep the action on Eternia. There is no need to visit earth, unless in a brief flashback sequence with Queen Marlena. Eternia is a perfect setting; don’t waste it.
- Cameos are great. Who doesn’t love Stan Lee‘s cameos in all the Marvel movies? I think it would be wonderful to see Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella again, perhaps not in major roles, but cameos would be fantastic. In fact, Lundgren mentioned several years ago that he might be interested in portraying He-Man’s dad.
My oldest son Josh also came up with some great points:
- Avoid the dark Batman-esque atmosphere that everyone tries to replicate.
- If the origin is addressed, it needs to be consice, clear and to the point.
- He-Man should be someone kids look up to. Kids should wish they could be He-Man when they grow up…like I did.
- The villain needs to be Skeletor, and he needs to be scary and well written. One of Marvel fans’ biggest complaints is that the villains are weak or underdeveloped.
- Don’t kill Skeletor or any of the Masters without a compelling reason.
- Set up a universe, but don’t make world-building the point of the movie. Calling out Batman v. Superman here, look at how unsuccessful they were at cramming all of the setup for their universe into one movie, as opposed to Marvel’s much more successful slow build.
- Make sure the story is strong, and faithful to the source material. There is so much rich background and engaging stories to pull from. It should be something longtime fans are happy with. Satisfy the people who will see the movie because they love the character, not the people who watch it for the studio or the actor or the director.
- Make people like us, the fans, happy. That’s more important than anything else. That’s what will keep the movie alive and open up the possibility of everything that could come after.
The story of He-Man is well-known to children of the eighties, but author Brian C. Baer is able to dig even deeper into the beloved franchise in his recent book, How He-Man Mastered the Universe. Baer examines every aspect of the Masters of the Universe, from the toys to the cartoon to the movie to the reboots and more recent collectible action figure releases. The author looks at the groundwork laid for the success of He-Man by the marketing behind Star Wars, and the influence He-Man had on many subsequent pop culture franchises such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, and the modern Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What impressed me most about Baer’s book is the attention paid to the big screen adaption of the Eternian hero in 1987. The toys and original cartoon have been widely covered over the years, with little more than a passing mention to the live-action film. A good bulk of Baer’s book, however, is devoted to how He-Man was brought to life by Dolph Lundgren. He breaks down the movie with an in-depth review, discusses the financial woes that hamstrung the ending, and even includes conceptual drawings for He-Man, Man-at-Arms, Teela, Skeletor, and She-Ra, who unfortunately was written out of the script.
Baer also discusses the New Adventures of He-Man cartoon that aired in the early 1990s, the 21st century reboot by Mike Young Productions, and the new line of toys that came with that. Baer wraps up How He-Man Mastered the Universe with a look at what many of the film’s actors are doing today, as well as others who were involved with He-Man through the years.
How He-Man Mastered the Universe is a highly enjoyable book; children of the eighties and He-Fans in particular will love it.
Purchase How He-Man Mastered the Universe by Brian C. Baer on Amazon or directly from the publisher at www.mcfarlandpub.com or via the order line at 800-253-2187.
I am thankful for YouTube and for people who upload gems like this for the world to see.
(death announced January 16)
Co-founder of Filmation, director of several episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series, The Adventures of Batman, The Batman/Superman Hour, Aquaman, and The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, and production director of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Hal Sutherland has passed away. We lost Lou Scheimer in October last year, and now another man whose name we all recognize from the He-Man universe is gone.
(October 19, 1928 – October 17, 2013)
The genius behind He-Man, She-Ra, and Fat Albert, Lou Scheimer passed away today. Scheimer founded Filmation and influenced countless children with Masters of the Universe, Superman, Batman, Groovy Goolies and more.
Creating the Filmation Generation
by Lou Scheimer with Andy Mangels
TwoMorrows Publishing, 2012
He-Man. She-Ra. Star Trek. Superman. The Archies. Fat Albert. These are just a few of the successful cartoon properties produced by Filmation over the years. The lasting impact of these programs, especially of Fat Albert and He-Man, cannot be denied. Lou Scheimer, co-founder of Filmation Studios, takes readers behind-the-scenes in Creating the Filmation Generation, showing the evolution of the industry and the struggles he faced along the way.
The front cover of the book features artwork by Emiliano Santalucia, who worked on the He-Man comics released in the 2000s. You can see many of your favorite Filmation characters in the piece, with a photo of the man who brought them to life in the center.
As a child of the eighties, I was of course most interested in the later chapters that deal with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Scheimer brought to my mind so many great memories while reading these pages, even though the He-Man section was less than fifty pages itself. There are several black and white images scattered throughout the book, featuring cult classics and forgotten favorites such as Groovy Goolies, My Favorite Martians, and Gilligan’s Planet. If there is anything to complain about with this book, it is the lack of color. There are only sixteen pages printed in color, prominently featuring artwork of He-Man, his friends, and his foes. That is, however, a minor complaint when one considers the wealth of insider information Scheimer shares.
Some of the most touching passages have to do with the impact the characters had on the lives of fans. Scheimer shares the story of Josh Johnson, a young man who was blind but loved He-Man. The voice actors in the cartoon recorded a special message for him, and years later he had the opportunity to meet Scheimer himself as a documentary was being filmed for the cartoon’s DVD release.
Scheimer should be proud of his work with Filmation Studios, and the positive influence his programs had on the lives of youngsters in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s…and even today, as children of those decades introduce their children to Filmation cartoons. This book is a fun read, highly recommended for those interested in the animation business and the history of one of the greatest animation studios in history.
I’ve wanted a He-Man themed t-shirt for quite some time now, but the only ones I’ve ever seen in my size (“too big to still watch cartoons”) are uberexpensive. I’m not rolling in dough, people. So last night, I picked up a few clearance t-shirts at a local department store and went to work. And now, I have my very own Skeletor t-shirt!
Yes, I finally have a He-Man themed t-shirt!
For those nosy people out there who are wondering what all that junk is behind me, that’s one of my bookshelves in my man-cave. On the top are some souvenir baseballs, Starting Lineup figures, and an autographed baseball and card from Chris Sabo. Then there are some Masters of the Universe figures, bobbleheads, and baseball cards on the shelves themselves.
And my ponies are cooler than the Junkie’s!
This is crossover madness!
Seriously, have you ever seen ponies this cool before?
Pure brilliance! My Little Pony, Masters of the Universe, and KISS? Three of the greatest things EVER! Check out a whole slew of these
puppies ponies at Mari Kasurinen’s website, including Batman, Iron Man, Edward Scissorhands, etc. etc. etc. etc.
Just days before Christmas, I found an inexpensive Snake Armor He-Man. Of course, they don’t stay inexpensive for long. But amazingly, I was the only one to bid on it. So now, my son and I own (in theory…hasn’t arrived yet) a Snake Armor He-Man action figure.
I’m trying to keep my excitement contained until the package arrives. Hard as it is to believe, there are unscrupulous people out there that will prey on your hopes and dreams. But we have waited a very long time for this toy. We have been patient and have avoided paying $50+ on several occasions.
For less than $30, we got the power of Grayskull!