She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018-2020)
Description: On the planet Etheria, Adora is an up and coming soldier for the Horde eager to defend her home from the menace of the Princesses she has been taught all her life to fear. Everything changes when a chance encounter with the mystic Sword of Protection in the Whispering Woods calls to her. Discovering to her horror the true evil of the Horde, Adora defects to the Rebellion as its foretold champion, She-Ra Princess of Power. Now, Adora and her new friends must rebuild the shattered Princess Alliance to defeat the Evil Horde. Meanwhile, Adora’s former best friend in the Horde, Catra, is tasked to reclaim Adora, but her own feelings of jealousy, betrayal, and vindictive ambition lead her down a path darker still set by Lord Hordak that will hold all of Etheria in the balance.
Creator: Noelle Stevenson
Stars: Aimee Carrero, Marcus Scribner, Karen Fukuhara
The focus on Adora/She-Ra and Catra being each others main adversaries is taken from the original Princess of Power toy-line, in which Catra was the main villain. The Evil Horde were created for the Masters of the Universe toy-line, but added to the She-Ra story line in the Filmation series.
In contrast to the original series, Adora / She-Ra is extensively rewritten to make her origin a result of her own initiative and heroism. For instance, rather than have her twin brother come to Adora’s world and free her from a spell making her loyal to the Evil Horde, Adora in this series is simply naively acclimated to that life as the only one she’s ever known. When Adora is finally exposed to the evil of the Horde and its manipulations, she herself fundamentally has to make the profound moral decision to take a stand against it and join the Rebellion as She-Ra. Furthermore, a major character arc for Adora is her struggle to earn the trust of the Rebellion, who are logically suspicious of a former soldier of the Horde who still wears her uniform with a reflexive military bearing.
The theme song is “Warriors” by Aaliyah Rose.
Adora is the only character to appear in every episode.
Three of the show’s five seasons aired in 2019.
AJ Michalka(The voice of Catra) was in a relationship with Patrick Schwarzenegger, the original Masters of the Universe originated partially from the development of a toy line for his father Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film Conan the Barbarian from 1982.
Glimmer’s voice actress Karen Fukuhara and Dolph Lundgren, who played She-Ra’s twin brother He-Man in 1987’s live-action Masters of the Universe feature film, are both in the DC Extended Universe as Katana and King Nereus.