This weekend’s WonderCon has brought us many amazing things, notably, DreamWork’s unveiling of a sneak peak look at the ‘80s reboot ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’, to be released on Netflix this June.
If the style of the show seems reminiscent of another hit series, then you are correct! Joaquim Dos Santos, director and storyboard artist from Nickelodeon’s ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and ‘The Legend of Korra’ is serving as booth executive producer and showrunner of the rebooted Voltron. Dos Santos will no doubt bring a deep level of expertise to this action-packed series, given that his additional directing/storyboarding credits include ‘Justice League’, ‘Teen Titans’, and ‘G.I. Joe: Resolute’, as well as a series of animated shorts based on DC comic book characters The Spectre, Jonah Hex, Green Arrow, and Shazam.
Dos Santos will co-exec produce Voltron with Lauren Montgomery, who you may recognise as supervising producer on ‘Korra’, as well as director and storyboard artist on a range of projects including ‘Ben 10’, ‘Justice League’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’, ‘Green Lantern: First Flight’ ,and ‘Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths’.
Fellow ‘Avatar’ veteran, Tim Hedrick, will also fill the role of head writer for ‘Voltron’.
DreamWorks’ new series is based on a mid-’80s syndicated American TV series called 'Voltron: Defender of the Universe', in which five pilots command robotic lions that can be combined into a single super-robot called Voltron.
“As children of the 80s who grew up with Voltron what was there not to love?” said Dos Santos in a press statement. “You had 5 awesome lions, piloted by 5 awesome heroes who combined to form a giant, sword wielding Titan! It unapologetically married sci-fi and fantasy in one incredibly over the top, bombastic package.” Dos Santos has said that he will retain all those elements from the original series in the new “comedic action-packed” reboot, but will flesh out the universe with “a rich backstory and characters who will evolve over the course of the series.”
DreamWorks has also released the main voice cast for the series, including iconic voices such as Rhys Darby from the live-action comedy series ‘Flight of the Concords’ and Jeremy Shada aka Finn from ‘Adventure Time’
- Princess Allura – Kimberly Brooks (Ben 10: Omniverse, Justice League: War)
- Coran – Rhys Darby (What We Do in the Shadows, Flight of the Concords)
- Shiro, Black Lion – Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Transformers Prime)
- Hunk, Yellow Lion – Tyler Labine (Reaper, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil)
- Lance, Blue Lion – Jeremy Shada (Finn in Adventure Time, Batman: The Brave and the Bold)
- Pidge, Green Lion – Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow, Scream: The Series, iZombie)
- Keith, Red Lion – Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead, The Legend of Korra)
Thirteen episodes of the Netflix Original series will launch on June 10, 2016.