We all know that Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball franchise has a longstanding tradition and is considered to be one of the best anime and manga franchises ever. Now, a lot of movies have been made so far, but the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is going to be special in many ways. Super Hero is going to be the twenty first Dragon Ball feature film overall, the fourth produced with Toriyama’s direct involvement, the second to carry the Dragon Ball Super branding and the first to be produced mainly using 3D animation. In this article, you are going to find out everything you need to know about the movie.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero was initially scheduled to be released in Japan on April 22, 2022 but was rescheduled to June 11, 2022 due to an unauthorized network intrusion (hack) at Toei Animation, which caused delays with other Toei series as well. The movie is going to continue the Dragon Ball Super story and will be released in North America in Summer 2022.
The rest of this article is going to bring you all the known and unknown information related to the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie, the 2st Dragon Ball anime film. You’re going to find out about the official release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story will be about, and much more about this upcoming anime film.
Pre-production began before the release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, once again with Akira Toriyama in charge of conceptualization, script writing, and character design. It was confirmed that on this occasion the veteran author is even more involved than in recent feature films. On May 9, 2021, on the occasion of the celebration of Goku Day, the new Dragon Ball Super feature film was officially announced, with a premiere scheduled for some undetermined point in the year 2022, through the official Dragon Ball page, along with a message from Akira Toriyama himself.
On July 23, 2021, the film’s official title was revealed to be Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero; this happened during the film’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2021. In addition, various conceptual arts of various characters and a brief trailer were shown. In an interview included in the August 2021 V-Jump, Akio Iyoku revealed that much of the team behind Broly had been replaced by a new one for this film, with the aim of more accurately reflecting the new designs and vision from Toriyama.
He also revealed that the feature film would not have as intense a tone as the previous film, focusing more on everyday elements. On October 7, 2021, a new trailer was shown during the film’s panel at New York Comic-Con 2021, confirming that it is a feature film made entirely by computer animation.
During the panel, new designs and information about the characters and the plot were also revealed, highlighting the importance that the Red Ribbon Army will have in its development. On December 14, 2021, the first official poster of the film was revealed on the official Dragon Ball page along with new and brief information about the characters that appear in it, in advance of Jump Festa 2022.
On December 18, 2021, a new trailer about the film’s plot was shown during the film’s panel at Jump Festa 2022, revealing new information about the characters, the voice actors who will bring them to life in Japanese, the team of production, and the release date of the feature film: April 22, 2022.
On March 18, 2022, the official website reported that the film had been postponed to an unspecified date due to unauthorized access to Toei Animation’s network by a third party. Chikashi Kubota, in charge of supervising the animation, said in a tweet that this extra time would serve to further polish the final result of the film.
On April 14, the film’s official Twitter profile announced the new release date in Japan, which was revealed to be June 11. On April 16, after the broadcast of Dragon Ball Super: Broly on Fuji TV, a promotional video about the highlights of the film was shown. It was confirmed that this was a direct sequel to Broly, as well as the prominent role of Gohan and Piccolo on this occasion, the appearance of Broly or the mystery of the great mechanical sphere that is called “The Ultimate Evil”, among others.
In addition, the Japanese voice actors of the main characters shared their thoughts, impressions, and excitement about participating in the feature film. On May 9, 2022, Masako Nozawa made a small promotional message for the film to celebrate Goku Day. On May 10, 2022, Crunchyroll confirmed that it will be the worldwide distributor of the film, with the date confirmed for Summer 2022. This will be the first film that the company will distribute theatrically worldwide.
With the premiere coming up in less then a month (at the time of writing this article), Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero should, of course, have at lease one trailer by now. But, not only does it have one, it has three. The first one was released back in October 2021 and you can check it out for yourselves here:
An additional trailer was released in December 2021 and it was supposed to be the final trailer before the planned April 2022 release. You can check it out here as well:
But, with the Toei hack causing some major delays for Toei’s work, another trailer was released in the meantime and we assume it is going to be the final trailer ahead of the planned June 2022 release. Here is that trailer as well:
The exact plot of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is not know at this moment because the movie still hasn’t been released. In terms of chronology, we know that Pan is three years old in the film, which suggests that the movie takes place around more than a year before the Peaceful World Saga, where she is four years old. This means that the movie happens at some point after the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, and quite probably, by extension, the Granolah the Survivor Saga. So, what is it going to be about? We have a rough announcement of the plot, which indicates what you can expect:
A long time ago Goku destroyed the evil organization known as the Red Ribbon Army; however, they have survived! Now that they are back, and they have created the new androids, Gamma Number 1 and Gamma Number 2, and thus began their revenge. Piccolo soon learns of this disturbing activity, and infiltrates the Red Ribbon base, but once there, he discovers the existence of the ultimate weapon of evil!
Pan is kidnapped to lure Gohan to the base. Upon arrival, he too joins the action, and so begins an unprecedented super battle!!! What will happen in this duel to the death? And what will be the fate that awaits the Earth?
The cast of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has been revealed in several stages, since the films original announcement until December 2021. And while we now know the majority of the film’s cast including its Japanese voice actors, the movie might still surprise us in some aspects. This is a list of known cast members and their roles:
As for the dubbed version of the movie, we know it is going to be released sometime during the Summer 2022 season, but we don’t know many details about it at this moment. This includes the voice cast. And while we can assume that the most (if not all) known voices from the franchise are going to make a return, Sean Schemmel (who voices Goku) is the only confirmed dub cast member so far. We’ll provide you with more information as they get released in the future.