‘Dragon Ball Super’ Movie Will See Broly Become Canon, Poster Revealed
A film continuation of the Dragon Ball Super anime has been in the works for a number of months now, with considerable hype mounting as the universe-shaking story takes shape under advisement from series creator Akira Toriyama. With such behind-the-scenes effort to provide a surprising new chapter in Goku’s story, the only potential plot threads travelling the internet were considered rumors at best. Now, Toei Animation has finally spilled the senzu beans and revealed the movie’s antagonist will be none other than Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan!
Following a trilogy of films featuring the formidable foe, Broly finally returns in the series’ next aptly-titled outing Dragon Ball Super: Broly. While Goku’s hulking Saiyan enemy has been considered a non-canon character for his entire existence, this no longer seems to be the case. The green-glowing beast not only makes a striking appearance in the movie’s title, but also takes up the entire lower half of the film’s poster, which can be seen below:
— アニメ「ドラゴンボール超」公式 (@DB_super2015) July 9, 2018
Broly’s newfound entrance into Dragon Ball canon may be incredible for longtime fans, but it might not be the villain homecoming some may be expecting. According to a translation of the above tweet, Broly will be returning in a “rebooted” capacity, likely meaning any past interactions with Goku and the Z-Fighters are still firmly locked away from Dragon Ball continuity. Before anyone gets too upset, it seems Toriyama was determined to keep Broly’s original look and personality intact while crafting the new Dragon Ball Super movie, acknowledging the character’s worldwide popularity in a new statement.
— Toei Animation (@ToeiAnimation) July 9, 2018
I hear these days, he’s still very popular not only in Japan, but also overseas. Based on that, my editor suggested we have Broly appear in this next movie.
I went ahead and watched the movies from back then, and I felt this could be quite interesting once I got right to work trying my hand at a story that incorporates him into the Dragon Ball Super series.”
Toriyama goes on to drop a few additional hints about how the Legendary Super Saiyan will be integrated into the Super continuity. He describes the expected “fierce combat” between the big three of Goku, Vegeta, and Broly, but also teases a “very large-scale and dramatic” revelation involving the history of the Saiyan race. What this could potentially mean is anyone’s guess at this point, but it all sounds very exciting.
Right now, Dragon Ball Super: Broly is scheduled for a December theatrical release in Japan, likely followed by a Western release somewhere down the line. No details have been given about the eventual English dub, but long-time collaborator Funimation is expected to licence the film for the West. In the meantime, fans can get their Dragon Ball fix elsewhere with the new ‘Heroes‘ anime, the playable battles of Dragon Ball FighterZ or with the trio of remastered films headed to theaters later this year.
What do you think? Are you amazed that Broly is going to become part of the official Dragon Ball canon, or are you disappointed that the character is being “rebooted” for a new generation? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more from the realm of anime/manga, check out these next few news stories:
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