Today, Toei Animation announced the official title for the upcoming Dragon Ball Super movie, titled Dragon Ball Super: Broly; this will mark the first canonical appearance of the “Legendary Super Saiyan,” Broly!
The character made his debut in the 1993 film, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan; in the film Broly is revealed to have fulfilled the legend that Super Saiyan appears every thousands of years before Goku, and unlocked the form’s alleged full potential. However, this film as well as it sequels, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming, and Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly, are associated as none canon projects. Series creator, Akira Toriyama, was barely involved with the character’s initial conception. Yet, the character became a fan favorite, having appeared in various other spin-offs, and video games.
Now, Akira Toriyama will tackle the character of Broly head on, as his editor suggested to have him in this upcoming film due to popularity. During the reveal of the title, Toriyama mention he has view the previous Broly films, and stated:
“I felt this could be interesting once I rearrange some things. I got right to work trying my hand at a story that incorporates him (Broly) into the Dragon Ball Super series. While keeping in mind Broly’s classic image so as not to disappoint his fans, I updated him and added a new side to his character, and I think this has resulted in a more fascinating Broly.”
Toriyama also stated that the film will feature the involvement of the Frieza Force. In addition, viewers will the learn the history of the Saiyan Race, and learn how it has a major connection to everything. Furthermore, Toriyama states the film will be massive in scale and very dramatic.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly is set premiere in Japan on December 14th, but the staff aims for an international release on the same day. The film is to be directed by Tatsuya Nagamine (One Piece Film Z) with Naohiro Shintani (One Piece) as animation director, and Kazuo Ogura (The Garden of Sinners) as art director.