Dragon Ball Super is getting another movie, following the runaway success of Dragon Ball Super: Broly this year. Details about the next Dragon Ball Super film haven't yet been revealed (or even decided on), but based on what one Toei Animation exec is saying, it will be different kind of experience for Dragon Ball fans:
"Now for our next steps, we are steadily preparing for the next movie," Toei Exec Akio Iyoku teased. "Broly was so strong that I think the next one will probably be totally different. I've overcome various hurdles with parts of Broly, so I won't get burned out. I think that Dragon Ball will continue on, so I want fans to look forward to it."
The mention that the next Dragon Ball Super movie will be "totally different" has led fans to some big speculation about what, exactly, kind of "different" they're looking for from the franchise at this point. Of the various pitches circulating fan chat threads, there's one that's sounded especially appealing: Here's why the next Dragon Ball Super movie should be focused on a whole other universe!
Dragon Ball Super knocked the door open to a much bigger Dragon Ball universe with the final arc of its anime. The "Tournament of Power" introduced major warriors from half a dozen new universes, and those warriors' actions during the tournament helped to convey what kind of identity and backstory each respective universe brings to the table. There's been a universe of love power (Universe 2), one obsessed with tech (Universe 3), one mad up of warriors with weird powers (Universe 4) and even one of a darker, more hellish nature (Universe 9).
That aforementioned lineup doesn't even include the two universes that have had the biggest effect on Dragon Ball Super: Universe 6 (with its own alternate version of the Saiyan race), and Universe 11 (whose Pride Troopers are arguably the strongest fighting force among the "lower mortals"). The Tournament of Power introduced several big story threads and/or mysteries centered around Universes 6 and 11 in particular, and either one (or both) would make a great setting for an entire Dragon Ball Super movie.
Pride of Saiyans
Universe 6 may actually be the most interesting setting for the next Dragon Ball Super movie, Broly was a major retcon of Saiyan history, and a sequel set in Universe 6 could continue that thematic arc. Many Dragon Ball fans have been eager to see Vegeta and Cabba fulfill their promise to one another form the Tournaments of Destruction and Power, which would have Vegeta travel to the Planet Sadala of Universe 6, and meet its king. Vegeta's character arc has been begging for him to eventually step into the role of once again being a leader of the Saiyan people - possibly headlining his own spinoff series in that role. A Dragon Ball Super movie set in Universe 6 would allow for a lot of world-building to happen, and for Vegeta to make this important turn in his character. The inclusions of current fan-fave characters like Hit, Cabba, and female Saiyans Caulifla and Kale would only help to sell the film to the worldwide fanbase.
Pride of Evil
Universe 11 currently houses one of biggest mysteries that's been hanging in the wings of Dragon Ball Super ever since the Tournament of Power: the identity of the evildoer that killed Jiren's family, friends, and shaped the powerhouse warriors' fate. Ever since learning about Jiren's origin story, Dragon Ball fans have been convinced that this mysterious villain would become the major part of the Dragon Ball Super saga somewhere down the line - and this second movie could be that opportunity.
The lead-up to the Tournament of Power in the Dragon Ball Super anime gave fans more world-building for Universe 11 than what we saw for most of the other ToP competitors. We saw the peaceful advanced civilization at the heart of this alternate universe - but also the kind of savage threats that keep the Pride Troopers busy as "The Avengers" of their universe - as well as some of the inner workings of the organization itself. That's a nice, strong, foundation for Universe 11 to serve as setting for a full Dragon Ball Super feature film, and equal opportunity for the relationship the Z-Fighters of Universe 7 and Pride Troopers of Universe 11 develop even further.
In terms of giving fans something worthy of the cinema, in terms of action? Imagine Goku (and Vegeta?) tapping a mastered form of Ultra Instinct to battle alongside Jiren, instead of against him. That'll sell tickets.
Finally, the Super Dragon Ball Heroes promo anime has launched a story arc that sees a powerful villain team (the Core Area Warriors) go on a campaign of war and destruction in Universes 6 and 11, with the end goal of killing Grand Zeno and the other gods. If there's a story that could tie up all of the lingering threads of Dragon Ball Super in big "event" storyline like a film, "Universal Conflict: Dawn of War" may be it.
Do you like these ideas for Dragon Ball Super's next movie? Or would you like to see the current Moro arc in the manga adapted for a film? Let us know in the comments!
Dragon Ball Super is currently airing its English dub on Adult Swim during the Toonami programming block on Saturday evenings. It is also available to stream on Funimation and Amazon Video. The Japanese language release of the series is complete and available to stream on Funimation, VRV and Crunchyroll.