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USA Today has revealed our first look at Voltron: Legendary Defender, the Voltron: Defender of the Universe reboot series. The show will consist of 13 22-minute episodes and will premiere on Netflix later this year. Check out Voltron below!
Those familiar with the franchise will notice that Voltron doesn’t look significantly different from how it looked in the original 1984-85 series, but as indicated by co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery’s statement, this was intentional: “We’re trying to keep as much of that classic feel to it as we can, because ultimately we have huge amounts of nostalgia for (the original) show.”
While a lot of material will be similar to the original series, which “focused on five men and the princess of the planet Arus who piloted lions and, to take down monster villains, would form Voltron,” Voltron: Legendary Defender will feature more serialized storytelling, main characters with backstories, and an enhanced sense of danger. Executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos mentioned that when Voltron faces an enemy, the audience will actually wonder, “‘Oh man, is Voltron going to get out of this one?’”
“There are some of those encounters they just manage to survive,” he adds.
However, it’s not all going to be dark and grim. According to Dos Santos, they thought about making Voltron “really military and really serious” after Dreamworks gave the team freedom to do what they wanted with the franchise, but decided against this in favor of something with “an epic Game of Thrones feel…with some humor,” as USA Today said.
Speaking on another change that was made for Voltron: Legendary Defender, Montgomery said that Princess Allura is going to be more realistic character. “She doesn’t have to be the (greatest) fighter right off the bat. She’s still a princess from a peaceful kingdom. But she’s certainly not fainting at every little thing that overwhelms her.”
USA Today also provided a brief overview of the new series:
“Legendary Defender centers on five Earth teenagers — Keith, Lance, Hunk, Pidge and Shiro — who are thrown into the middle of an intergalactic battle and become the last line of defense for Arus and other planets against an evil alien force led by King Zarkon.”
As someone unfamiliar with the Voltron franchise, but who loves the work of Montgomery (Wonder Woman) and Dos Santos (Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam), I honestly can’t wait for this series. Sound off with your thoughts on Voltron: Legendary Defender in the comments below!