The cast of Netflix’s upcoming animated series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power accidentally revealed a spoiler pertaining to a main character’s storyline at an October 4 panel at the New York Comic Con, and we’re excited about it.
The series is a reboot of the popular ’80s cartoon, which was created as an extension of the Masters of the Universe franchise. With the popularity of the He-Man animated show in the early ’80s, creators wanted to provide children with a female superhero, and thus, She-Ra, He-Man’s long-lost sister, was created.
Last week, during a promotional panel for the Netflix reboot, when the cast were asked who their favorite characters were, Aimee Carrero, who will be voicing She-Ra, answered, “Bow’s dads.”
Later, Marcus Scribner (Bow) further addressed the subject by saying, “It’s not some topical thing that really needs to be discussed, it just is. Bow has two dads. I feel like [She-Ra] just reflects a lot of modern families and things that are going on in the world around us. I don’t want to talk too much about their personality types and how they each factor in, because that was a bit of a [New York] Comic Con spoiler alert session, but it’s definitely super cool. … Just know that they play an integral role in a couple scenarios.”
Mainstream children’s animation is gradually becoming more queer-friendly, and despite progress coming at a slow pace, it seems more networks are warming up to the idea of providing LGBTQ representation for their young viewers.
In recent years, we’ve seen such representation in Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra and Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe, in addition to Netflix’s own Voltron: Legendary Defender which features Pidge, a gender non-conforming character, and which revealed that Shiro, the show’s main character, is gay in an episode that premiered back in August.
She-Ra’s showrunner is out queer cartoonist Noelle Stevenson, who is the co-creator and writer of Lumberjanes, a super queer comic series about a group of girls sharing a cabin in Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Stevenson spoke about the reboot, and what excited her most about the project. “I was really interested in finding what my next project would be, and finding something epic, serialized, action-adventure, fantasy, sci-fi…all of the things I wanted to do,” she said. “She-Ra has this majority female cast, it’s centered around a female hero, it’s got rainbows and it’s got robots, it’s got everything I like in one place.”
Sounds gay — we love it!
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power will be available to stream on Netflix November 16.