Kamen Rider has long been a fixture within the world of Japanese pop-culture, so it's no surprise to see that the motorcycle riding hero will be making a comeback with a new movie next year. With Hideaki Anno of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame having recently released Shin Ultraman, the follow-up to Shin Godzilla, Shin Kamen Rider is set to be the next movie in this new universe. While there are certainly some differences with what has come before, it's clear that Anno is a big fan of Kamen Rider.
Set to arrive in theaters in March 2023, Anno will be writing, directing, and producing this film which will see a new take on the monster fighter. Kamen Rider first debuted in Japan as a television series in 1971 and has since garnered countless television shows, movies, anime, manga, video games, and more, proving how beloved the character has become. While a number of the series never made their way to North America officially, the series did hit the West on Fox Kids in 1995 as "Masked Rider", following the success of the Sentai series, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, which would take footage from the Japanese release and splice in original material for this new adaptation.
Shin Kamen Rider shared this new trailer which gives us a better idea of the adventures of the motorcycle-riding vigilante who is sure to receive some big changes from Hideaki Anno, if the Evangelion creator's take on Godzilla is any indication:
While no new entries have been confirmed for the Shin universe following this upcoming film, many fans are wondering if this cinematic universe might lead to an eventual live-action crossover between Godzilla, Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and even the pilots of Evangelion. Billed as the "Shin Japan Heroes Universe", an official poster was released that showed all four franchises standing back to back. A crossover of all these properties would certainly be unlike anything we've seen before and would definitely be a major project for Hideaki Anno were it to become a reality.
A North American release date has yet to be revealed for either Shin Kamen Rider or Shin Ultraman, but considering Shin Godzilla hit the States, we would imagine that it is only a matter of time before we see these movies hit stateside.
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