He-Man Live-Action Movie Reboot Likened To Thor Ragnarok By Directors
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He-Man Live Action Movie Reboot Likened To Thor Ragnarok By Directors

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BY May 20, 2022

The He-Man live-action movie is finally seeing some progress after years in development. The new movie found its leading man in Kyle Allen a few weeks ago. This was after Noah Centineo from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was a part of the movie for a while. It now looks like the MOTU movie reboot is full steam ahead with a leading man in place, as well as a set of directors. During a conversation at SXSW, the directors discuss how Thor Ragnarok inspired the He-Man movie’s tone and style. The Taika Waititi directed movie succeeded in blending silly and goofy humour with stylish action and epic adventure vibes. If the MOTU movie reboot is fashioning itself after Thor Ragnarok, that’s a pretty good approach. Especially given the trouble the franchise has had in recent times with its other iterations. 

He-Man Live-Action Movie Comes After Other MOTU Reboots

He-Man live-action reboot anime Image via Netflix.

Directors Aaron and Adam Nee spoke exclusively to /Film at SXSW about their approach for the MOTU movie reboot. The directors seem to have a great grasp on the origin of the Masters Of The Universe franchise. As they discuss, their challenge is more about how to keep the more wacky elements of the franchise in this new iteration, rather than try to make things seem more real or grounded.

“And so, we want that, at its core, that very basic human connection that we were feeling while not going, “Well, we’re grownups now. So we can’t really have a character named Ram-Man, we can’t really have Fisto.” Instead, it’s like, “No, we’re going to have that.” How do you pull in like all of the kind of just wildness and craziness, but do it with love and affection?”

These comments are definitely in line with the spirit of the franchise. Coincidentally, another recent MOTU content before this He-Man live-action movie had a very similar approach. Kevin Smith’s Masters Of The Universe: Revelation anime on Netflix retains a lot of the original’s fun while sequelizing the story. Incidentally, Smith also includes a great joke in the series involving Fisto. So the directors’ approach thus far seems to be in line. Especially when they say that Thor Ragnarok inspired He-Man.

MOTU Movie Reboot Sounds Like It’s Headed In The Right Direction

He-Man live-action reboot CGI Image via Netflix.

Smith’s MOTU anime series was heavily criticized for taking the story in a new direction, despite its keeping with the original’s tone and character development. Another He-Man series, He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe is a CGI reboot of the franchise that escaped similar criticisms. That could be because the Netflix animated series goes full reboot and changes many elements of the original franchise. Also, it’s targeting a younger audience with a kid-friendly version, thereby avoiding upsetting the main fandom. Unlike Smith’s version, which saw a faux-outrage to certain elements of the story.

Whereas, Thor Ragnarok inspiring He-Man is almost the perfect comparison for what an updated He-Man live-action movie can look like. The first live-action film was released in 1987 with Dolph Lundgren and was many different kinds of weird. But still, fun in a nostalgic way. Also because it was the only live-action He-Man ever. But with this new MOTU movie reboot coming, the directors’ comments should put fans at ease.

Thor Ragnarok Inspiring He-Man Is Kind Of Perfect!

He-Man live-action reboot Dolph. Thor Ragnarok inspired He-Man. Image via The Cannon Group.

While it’s surprising that the directors don’t mention the other He-Man series, they seem keenly aware of the challenges in doing a MOTU reboot movie. They talk of how the original was a massive toy marketing campaign, but despite its intention, how it grew to be something more. It’s something our Managing Editor Joshua M. Patton actually discussed during our MOTU: Revelations podcast episode.

Their previous filmography doesn’t seem to be in line with what a He-Man live-action movie should look like, with The Lost City being their biggest project to date. However, the elequent articulation of their approach puts me at ease as a fan of He-Man myself. And likening the inspiration of Thor Ragnarok to He-Man should definitely alleviate any concerns about the new movie.

No release date for the He-Man live-action movie has been set. Stay tuned to this space for more as it develops.

What do you think about the directors’ comparison of Thor Ragnarok to He-Man? Does that make you feel better or worse about how the new movie is going to turn out? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured image via Netflix.


Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.


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