Fans of Voltron are going to be ecstatic following the early reveal today of Voltron for the new Netflix Series, ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender‘. Why you ask? Because the creators of this new animated series have made a point to honor the classic look and feel of the original character from the 1980’s. For the latest details on the new Voltron series, check out the news blip below, and share your thoughts AFTER THE JUMP!
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.
Whereas most of the original characters were nondescript space explorers, the main players in the new series will have backstories, and “ a real purpose for being on this mission and getting involved with Voltron in the first place,” says Dos Santos.
“Voltron is nowhere near the scale of a Star Wars in terms of mythology, but it has managed to stick around in pop culture and became this representation of teamwork.”
Princess Allura, a main hero, will be more realistic, Montgomery promises: “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.”
DreamWorks gave the creative team carte blanche to make changes in the Voltron franchise, andDos Santos admits that while they considered a version that was “really military and really serious, everything had chainsaws on it and was really bro’d out, and we just didn’t want that.”
Instead, they opted to play to a wide age group by giving Voltron an epic Game of Thrones feel with some humor, and upping the danger level. So when the good guys encounter a vicious Robeast, “you actually feel like, ‘Oh man, is Voltron going to get out of this one?’ ” Dos Santos says. “There are some of those encounters they just manage to survive.”