Cult director Kevin Smith has hit back at critics of his new He-Man reboot Masters of the Universe: Revelation, taking to social media to voice his unhappiness.
Watch out, spoilers for Masters of the Universe: Revelation below.
Released on Netflix back on July 23rd, the reboot of the classic 1980s He-Man animated series gathered significant momentum before its release with many fans eagerly anticipating its arrival. Despite its clever reinvention of the series, however, fans haven’t been able to see eye-to-eye with critics and the animation’s showrunners, so they’ve taken to social media.
The clearest representation of the critical and commercial divide, the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes is currently showing a 94% score from critics, but only 32% from fans. Frustrations with the series range from a distinct lack of the titular character in the series, as well as a complaint that the new show is too “woke”.
In an interview with Variety, director of the programme, Kevin Smith addressed these criticisms, stating: “I see people online go, ‘Hey man, they’re getting rid of He-Man!’”.
Continuing, the director doesn’t hold back from fire and fury, “Like, you really f*****g think Mattel Television, who hired me and paid me money, wants to do a f*****g ‘Masters of the Universe’ show without He-Man? Grow the f**k up, man.
“Like, that blew my mind, bunch of people being like, ‘Oh, I smell it. This is a bait and switch’”.
The criticisms against the show were not universal, with many fans loving the new feel of the latest series, whilst others have complained about its lack of female characters. It’s not the first TV show to split a fanbase, and it most certainly won’t be the last.
Take a look at the trailer for Masters of the Universe: Revelation below.