It’s been almost three years since a Dragon Ball Super movie has been released on the big screen both here in the U.S. and Japan, and just recently, news broke that another one is on the horizon. Now, the details on the storyline and plot are scarce as you can imagine since the film is still in its early stages. But, the fact that Toei Animation was confident enough to make the announcement on Goku Day (May 9th) tells us that the project has reached a key point in development. At least enough so that they can tell us about it!
In this VERY brief post, I’m going to tell you more about what we do know so far about the film and how it fits into the series that’s already been presented to audiences.
First, you’ll be happy to know that the legend behind the entire series has been connected to the project every step of the way. That’s correct, Dragon Ball Z creator Akira Toriyama has been following production very closely and will keep a close eye on its progress from beginning to end. I’m not sure if Tatsuya Nagamine, director of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, will be returning for another film, but I’m hopeful that he will, since the reception of that film was pretty positive, earning $120 million worldwide. Hopefully, they will stick to that successful format.
Here’s what we know about the film itself:
Toei Animation let it be known during their announcement that this film will be a part of the Dragon Ball Super timeline, but will NOT be an actual sequel to the 2018 Broly title. Another thing that we know about the movie is that it’s being kept under wraps as far as the plot and characters are concerned, which automatically takes the wind out of the announcement (and this blog). However, Akira Toriyama gave audiences a lot to think about and look forward to when he provided a written statement that pointed how this newest adventure will feature extreme bouts, surprise characters, and new, amazing visuals that will take fans on an unforgettable journey.
It’s through those words that a picture begins to form, a picture that features all of the elements that we’re looking for in a Dragon Ball movie. Surprise character(s), awesome battles/fights against a backdrop of supreme visual aesthetics? Put those all together and let your imagination fill in the blanks...for now. As I point out in the title, the movie is scheduled to be released sometime in 2022. That may seem like a long way off, but as I’m writing this, we’re already halfway through 2021. So, considering just how fast this year is going by, 2022 will be here in a blink.
As you can imagine, news, updates, and rumors are going to be swirling around this subject for quite some time. I think if we all keep an eye out, we can slowly piece together a solid overview of what the movie will show us. With that said, if you come across any good, solid info on this over the next six months or so, be sure to highlight them in the comments section. Also, I recently posted another Playmat Zone upgrade blog that details the DBS zones that can be added to our playmats. So, be sure to check that here.