The next Dragon Ball Super movie would already be in production
In the latest issue of the magazine v jump an interview was shared with the producer of the franchise of Dragon Ball Super, Akio Iyoku, who, among other things, commented on the fact that a new project for the franchise is already in production. Multiple points have been highlighted through translators on social networks, highlighting, for example, that the talks to produce the film Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero started in 2017, a year before the premiere of Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
Regarding “Super Hero”, the script took two years to go from the first to the last version, that is, the definitive one. From the first treatment, the participation of the Red Patrol was already considered, but the leading role of Son Gohan and Pícoro was decided later. The visual style made the production opt for “Gamma Androids”, which were faster to render in CG animation.
In another note on early conceptions of Piccolo as the lead, it is revealed that Iyoku had to go to great lengths to convince Toriyama that Gohan should also have a lead role. Early ideas only showed him supporting Picoro in the final fight. Finally, the interview confirms that the next film in the franchise is already in the works, and that “Toriyama can keep doing Dragon Ball like this for a long time“.
An interesting fact is that the interview also points out “the positioning of this film in the timeline” from the Dragon Ball Super manga, and explains:
- Between this movie and Toyotaro-sensei’s manga, we currently have two lines of Dragon Ball Super going. For starters, this movie is written purely as a sequel to Broly. We wanted to collect and meet the expectations of everyone who has stayed with Dragon Ball so far, along the lines of “it would be great if this happened” or “I hope this kind of character appears”. And in the pages of this magazine, we have the continuation of the story of Goku and Vegeta. We will see new strong enemies appear, and new stories, and the events will continue to advance. Of course, Toriyama also diligently oversees the manga’s plot lines, so it’s like we have events running in parallel.
- In terms of timeline placement, we try not to build things too strictly; we would like to leave margins in the story, to allow a greater degree of freedom. For example, Broly himself was an original anime character who was brought into the world of the main series by Toriyama’s own hand, and it is precisely those kinds of margins that are left in the world of fiction that allowed him to experiment in first place. In a nutshell: “Things are more interesting that way!”
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Synopsis
Son Goku destroyed the Red Patrol at the time. Now, certain individuals have decided to carry on his legacy and have created the ultimate androids: Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two androids call themselves “superheroes” and decide to attack Piccolo and Gohan. What is the goal of the new Red Patrol? Faced with imminent danger, it’s time for the Super Hero to wake up!
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