Ever since the trailer for the upcoming Dragon Ball Super movie debuted a couple months ago, fans have been speculating hard about who would be the central antagonist. Initially, it looked like a Saiyan was going to be the titular baddie, but no one could be sure about said Saiyan’s identity…until now.
Turns out, Dragon Ball Super is doing something the franchise has ever done before and is introducing Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan, as official canon. That’s right, the fan-favorite monosyllabic villain from at least three other Dragon Ball Z animated movies is no longer unofficial.
Toei Animation, the folks partly responsible for bringing Broly to the Dragon Ball proper universe, sent out a tweet, announcing the movie would be called Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Akira Toriyama, the show’s creator, was also quoted for saying the following: “So, about Broly. I hear these days, he’s still very popular not only in Japan, but also overseas. Based on that, my editor suggested we have Broly appear in this next movie… I went ahead and watched the movies from back then, and I felt this could be quite interesting once I rearrange some things. I got right to work trying my hand at a story that incorporates him into the Dragon Ball Super series.”
For Dragon Ball fans, both new and old, the return of Broly has been met with one heck of a reception. Some people are absolutely ecstatic about the news, while others seem skeptical and even downright upset, believing that new characters out to be introduced, rather than trying to bring back old ones. Either way, Broly will definitely reshape the Dragon Ball universe. How? It’s anybody’s guess, but it’ll be interesting to see what Toriyama decides to do with the Legendary Super Saiyan.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly hits Japan on December 14th.