Followers are upset there’s not sufficient He-Man in He-Man.
Some He-Man followers will not be proud of Kevin Smith — and Kevin Smith is just not proud of some He-Man followers.
The director’s new “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” reboot presently has an exemplary 95 p.c critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, however a paltry viewers rating of 33 p.c; such large discrepancies are often an indicator of “evaluate bombing”.
Among the many criticisms being aimed on the animated Netflix collection is that there’s not sufficient He-Man in it, accusing him of being “woke” by focusing as an alternative on feminine character Teela (voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar)… which Smith says is preposterous.
“Teela was one of many first figures launched [and] she’s in each episode of the cartoon combating proper beside [He-Man],” he informed the New York Post. “So I did not deliver something to this the place I am like, ‘Man, watch this woke s–t!'”
As for the haters accusing him of a “bait and change” with the eponymous hero being comparatively absent, he factors out that the 5 episodes presently streaming are solely the primary half of the season.
“A number of the takes on it really feel just like the folks have not seen a film or a TV present like, ever, of their lives,” he stated. “They appear to suppose that we’ve accomplished irreversible issues to a few of their favourite characters… We’re midway by a narrative. There may be a lot He-Man within the subsequent 5 episodes. Ours is one lengthy story minimize up into chapters.”
“Most audiences are too savvy to tug one over on. I assumed most individuals can be up to now forward of us.”
In an interview with Variety, Smith additional defended the present from accusations of woke-ism, mentioning that there have been loads of feminine characters within the authentic ’80s present poisonous followers are so treasured about.
“I do know there’s some folks which might be like, ‘Hey, man, this present’s woke,'” he stated. “I am like, all proper, nice, then so was the unique cartoon we’re f–king sequel-izing. Go watch it once more. There are women in each episode. Cope with it,” he stated.
“It has been attention-grabbing, seeing who actually is a hardcore fan,” he added. “As a result of anyone that is like, ‘Oh, man, there’s not sufficient He-Man’ or one thing like that, would not perceive the present that we primarily based it on. There have been episodes the place he misplaced the sword and he by no means turned He-Man. It wasn’t like He-Man all the time saved the day. His mates helped him. That was the f–king level of the present.”
“I see folks on-line go, ‘Hey man, they’re eliminating He-Man!'” he went on. “Like, you actually fucking suppose Mattel Tv, who employed me and paid me cash, needs to do a f–king ‘Masters of the Universe’ present with out He-Man? Develop the f–k up, man. Like, that blew my thoughts, bunch of individuals being like, ‘Oh, I odor it. It is a bait and change.'”
After first getting wind of the evaluate bombing, a defiant Smith tweeted that he was flattered to be in good firm with “Captain Marvel” and “The Boys”, which additionally suffered comparable assaults: