Few filmmakers lean on their fan base quite like Kevin Smith.
Twenty-plus years ago Smith was an indie film darling following “Clerks,” the no-budget charmer that jumpstarted his career. His subsequent films fell into the “hit or miss” category, but after a while even indie types lost interest in his storytelling.
Not his fans, though.
They followed him on tour, gulped down every installment of his “Smodcast” empire and kept the faith that Smith’s creative spark was just one film away from re-igniting.
Clunkers like “Yoga Hosers” and “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” stretched that faith to the limit.
Now, Smith is literally cursing out parts of said fan base following the backlash over “Masters of the Universe: Revelation.” Smith is the showrunner and executive producer behind the five-part Netflix series. The director said over and again the saga would focus heavily on He-Man, the franchise’s main character.
“I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe. In Revelation, we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!”
He also called the series a “continuation of the story,” with no indication the main character would play but a minor part in the production. Yet rumors swirled that the story would focus far less on the main attraction, much like “Mad Max: Fury Road” did with Charlize Theron’s character over Max.
Smith repeatedly denied those claims.