Dragon Ball Super fans got a treat at NYCC today. At a panel for the upcoming film Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, moderator Justin Rojas introduced Ian Sinclair and Monica Rialto, the English voice actors for Whis and Bulma, before bringing in producers Akio Iyoku and Norihiro Hayashida on-screen live from Tokyo.
Hayashida said the production is going great on the upcoming film, which is on track for a 2022 release in Japan. He assured fans of a cinematic experience they’ve never seen before.
Iyoku spoke about updating the visuals for the characters with the guidance of Toriyama himself. He shared a first look at Dende’s and Bulma’s updated looks, which prompted a squeal of glee from Rialto.
They also showed off a new design of Korin from Toriyama himself, which Hiyashida described as the “definitive edition” of the character.
They then surprised fans by giving the first glimpse at Super Hero. It was a short clip taken from completed portions of the film, which they worked very hard on to show off for fans at NYCC, Hayashida said.
Super Hero is about a shady new organization — with possible ties to the Red Ribbon Army– rising up to challenge our heroes. We got first glimpses at new characters in the film, including Gamma 1 and Gamma 2, who we can assume are the new super heroes. The film looks to be nothing like anything from Dragon Ball we’ve seen before.
Toshio Furukawa, the voice of Piccolo, joined in a prerecorded message. He talked about how rigorous the production was and joked about how he now felt like dying. Fans can expect Piccolo to take on a large role in the film, being described as a doting grandpa to Pan as he trains her.
Goku herself, Masako Nozawa, then also joined via a prerecorded video. She described how action-packed and exciting the fights will be but also complimented the balance between the drama and fight scenes.
English dubbing has not yet begun, with Sinclair commenting that he didn’t know he’d be in the film until he saw the clip. He and Rialto both were as excited as any member of the audience.
Negotiations are still ongoing for the film’s stateside release, but they hope to make it available as soon as possible after its release in Japan.
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