During a recent Dragon Ball live event, the production team behind the next film in the beloved shonen series, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, revealed a host of new information about the project, including a insight into their decision to bring back the Red Ribbon Army and a tease of the possible appearance of a teenage Gotenks.
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These new details surrounding the film were revealed during a Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero-centric panel held during the recent Dragon Ball Games Battle Hour 2022.
Hosted by an MC named Sascha, panel guests included Shueisha executive producer Akio Iyoku, Toei Animation producer Norihiro Hayashida and – making his on-camera debut – the film’s director, Tetsuro Kodama.
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The panel began with a discussion of the key visual from the previously released film.
Drawn by series creator Akira Toriyama himself, the key visual sees Gamma 1 and Gamma 2 newcomers Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, Gohan, Pan, and three unidentified Red Ribbon associates standing in front of this movie’s limo. last group.
“Until now, Goku has always been the main focus, but from the beginning, Toriyama sensei said that we would see a lot of characters that we might not expect,” Iyoku said. “So with that in mind, we’ve decided to put them center stage here, which means Gohan and Piccolo will have a starring role.”
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“Pan is also in front,” he noted. “She’s a bit older than we’ve seen so far. Maybe she’s one of the superheroes this time.
Iyoku also referred to the man in the purple suit seen in the image, Dr. Hedo, noting that he wears a “uniform” and is “a scientist… and maybe a hero too?”
The producer then moved on to reveal there was a second part to this key visual, unfolding the image to reveal footage of Bulma, Android 18, Krillin and – in a particular shock to longtime Dragon Ball fans. – teenage versions of Goten and Trunks.
“Some time has passed since the events that unfolded in Broly,” he noted. “So Goten and Trunks have aged a bit. They got bigger.
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Taking note of how the two half-Saiyans were in the middle of the Fusion Dance, Sascha asked the panel if the audience would see fusion in the film, to which Kodama vaguely asserted, “Well, as far as Goten and Trunks, Fusion is only natural.
Sascha also pointed out the misalignment of the pair’s fingers, saying, “Ah, it must be the Fusion that’s the wrong one. Like how we saw the great Gogeta before. And there was also this thin Gogeta, right? »
“As for these two, they’re going to do the Fusion at some point,” Iyoku teased. “I don’t know how it will turn out in the movie, but if they’re both there, they might have made it.”
After the premiere and discussion of new footage, featured below by the Dragon Ball Twitter account @DBSHype, the panel turned to the topic of the Red Ribbon Army and their role as the apparent antagonists of the film.
“The way we ended up deciding whether or not to include the Red Ribbon Army was that we first talked about how we wanted the battle to play out on Earth,” Iyoku recalled.
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“Because the franchise has become so intergalactic in scale?” Sasha asked.
“It’s true,” replied the producer. “So when we decided to have them fight on Earth, we started saying, ‘Once there was a red ribbon army’ and how could this be a battle against an army, not just one on one and everyone in the military has their own motivations and way of thinking, including [new villains] Magenta and Carmine.
He continued, “So we thought that because not everyone thinks the same way, we’d be able to paint a picture of an interesting antagonist, so that’s how we ended up settling on the Red Ribbon Army.”
Sascha then asked, “So they’re not a cohesive organization?”, prompting Iyoku to confirm “Exactly”.
“Maybe it was a bad idea, we still don’t know,” the producer of Shueisha joked. “However, we thought it would be great if we took advantage of this setting to make an enemy more interesting, which brought the Red Ribbon Army into the story.”
Finally, wrapping up the panel, the trio announced that the film would arrive in North America this summer, although no specific date for its premiere was given.
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