She-Ra Showrunner Says Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting For He-Man
He’d also be stuck with the same conundrum as Superman on Supergirl—potentially overshadowing the titular character on her own show. But while Supergirl has been forced to introduce Superman, or look very silly otherwise, She-Ra has the luxury of ignorance on the part of most of the audience. No one has to explain why He-Man isn’t fighting the Horde, because none of the characters, or even much of the audience, probably know who He-Man is, or what his connection to Adora/She-Ra is.
If no one on She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is mentioning He-Man, and She-Ra isn’t trying to live outside of his shadow, then he doesn’t really seem necessary to her story—though excluding He-Man isn’t without its challenges.
“It’s sort of a dance of figuring out how to incorporate the larger lore of Masters of the Universe without needing to visit Eternia or see these very, very iconic characters appear,” Stevenson said. To that end, the showrunner prefers to focus on She-Ra herself, “Just letting it be about She-Ra’s story and her being disconnected from where she came from, from her family on Eternia.”
Which is something I’m all for. It’s about time all these female spin-off characters with much more fascinating backstories than their male counterparts finally start getting their due.