It has been a hot minute since the Dragon Ball Super franchise dug around its anime, but that all ended this year. It wasn't long ago that the anime resurfaced in light of an upcoming movie, and San Diego Comic-Con took the announcement to a new level. It was there fans not long learned the upcoming movie would be called Dragon Ball Super: Superhero, but some key art was shared for the project. And as it seems, this movie might give Gohan the starring role he has always deserved.
One of the major criticisms of Dragon Ball Super: Broly (and largely Dragon Ball Super as a whole) was the lack of Gohan in many of the arcs and fights throughout the series, and that's been one of the key hopes fans had for this next major project. Given the Super Hero subtitle of the new film, and first looks at characters like Piccolo, Krillin, and even Gohan's daughter, Pan, we could be seeing a lot more from Gohan and Great Saiyaman this time around.
One of the choice teases for the upcoming movie from producer Norihiro Hayashida was that this film will feature more slice-of-life elements than Broly, "I think this new movie has a different appeal to the outrageously intense Dragon Ball Super: Broly. There are a lot more slice-of-life scenes that really put a spotlight on the rich world that Toriyama has created." Together with the looks at some of the first additions to the film, and this smaller scale adventure could mean a perfect opportunity for Gohan to take center stage.
It could very well still have Goku in a central role, of course, because he's the main character and the first real look at the movie during its initial teaser trailer. But with the tease of an older Pan following a timeskip, and looks at Krillin in his police uniform, and even new elements like Piccolo's house, these slice of life elements have been used before in the past for Gohan centric episodes. This plays directly into his wheelhouse, and frankly it'd be odd to have a "Super Hero" movie without the series' own superhero.
What do you think? Do you think Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will finally give Gohan some time to shine? Would Great Saiyaman be the way you'd expect to see? Do you think Gohan will be in the movie at all? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!