New Dragon Ball movie coming to theaters this summer

Dragon Ball Z - Photo Credits: Crunchyroll
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The Dragon Ball series by Akira Toriyama is one of the best-selling manga and was adapted into the wildly popular anime series Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. The manga and anime have also inspired video games, cosplay, and a movie spinoff, Dragon Ball Super: Broly. The first Dragon Ball Super film premiered in 2018 and grossed $20 million. Polygon reports that another installment of the Dragon Ball Super film series is coming to theaters in summer 2022.

The trailer for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero features familiar and beloved characters from the franchise, like Goku, Piccolo, and Gohan battling a new threat to the earth’s safety. The franchise is known for its bombastic fight scenes, in which the characters draw on their intergalactic superpowers for impossible feats like fighting in mid-air. Son Goku, the alien Saiyan prince raised on earth, protects his adopted planet from otherworldly threats, with the help of his friends, family, and the magical wish-granting Dragon Balls.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’s synopsis reveals that the threat, this time around, comes in the form of androids who call themselves ‘Super Heroes’:

The Red Ribbon Army was once destroyed by Son Goku. Individuals, who carry on its spirit, have created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two Androids call themselves “Super Heroes”. They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan… What is the New Red Ribbon Army’s objective? In the face of approaching danger, it is time to awaken, Super Hero!”

This throws the action back to the 1996 Dragon Ball installment, Dragon Ball: The Path to Power. Longtime fans of the series will probably appreciate the reference that the inclusion of the Red Ribbon Army makes to Son Goku’s early days.

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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will be released in Japan on June 11, and is expected to begin rolling out in US theaters in August.