Official Dragonball Teaser Poster

Published 6 years ago by , Updated November 2nd, 2012 at 2:54 am,

The first teaser poster for the live-action adaptation of anime action/soap-opera Dragonball has been released… in Japan, anyway. Still, the poster shows star Justin Chatwin looking quite the part of Saiyan martial-arts master Goku, holding what appears to be one of the mystical dragonballs in hand.

Yawn.

No, really… YAWN. The only work this poster seems to do is let a less-than-interested general public know that “hey, we’re making Dragonball live-action now!” which I’m sure is causing all kinds of mania across the pond in Japan, but here in the USA, where Dragonball fans are still considered a minority group, the marketing team behind DB is going to need to come up with some pretty action-packed, intense, get-you-sweating-down-you-back images that will get people interested in seeing a good kung-fu flick. Leave the rest of the aliens abound/super Saiyin hairstyle/laster beam shooting/mystical dragon summoning aspects of the film for when people are already committed to putting their butts in those theater seats.

But enough about what I think. The poster appears below. Take a quick look and let us know what you think.

dragonballteaserposter1 Official Dragonball Teaser Poster

Dragonball is still scheduled to hit theaters on April 10, 2009. It will star Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum, James Marsters, Jamie Chung, Yun-Fat Chow and Ernie Hudson. The film is being helmed by James Wong (Final Destination, Final Destination 3).

Source: LiveActionAnime.org via Latino Review

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  1. Well, I watched some dragonall on tv here, but not really fanatic, but this film could be a lot of fun if they make it right. The story is pretty fun so.

    greets

  2. I have zero interest in this..not my generation I guess..for the twenty-domethings

  3. Snore!!!! lol, I’m a huge fan of Dragonball and DBZ but I have to tell you that this doesn’t do anything for me, well at least he has his trademark costume on, but I hope they kick it up a notch or else we’ll see it in the straight to dvd ailes

  4. Well the Japanese seem excited:
    http://dbthemovie.com/2008/07/18/goku-in-orange-gi/

    I guess pleasing one critic who goes with the crowd isn’t their main objective now is it?

  5. Live-action video game adaptations are always risky, and the ones with the stylized characters like this always look silly to me. Ah well, we’ll see.

  6. is was first a comic than a cartoon than a video game…. grrrrr…

  7. For a first TEASER poster I like it. It show Goku will have his outfit from the cartoons, so that to me, is a plus. Kofi’s right though, the next one better be extremely telling of the action in the movie. While I will certainly be there opening night, people without ay knowledge of DB or DBZ will be like … huh?

  8. I’m the same as Rob. I love DBZ, I went absolutely nuts for it when I first saw it and refuse to come to my senses, damnit.
    But this movie has no appeal. Not even out of interest. Everything about it seems off to me and it sounds like it will be one of those live-action versions in name only.

    That poster looks like some kid dressing up as Goku, and if he enterede a contest he’d be nowhere near the top ten.

  9. I absolutely hate this type of anime television, and I can’t even begin to imagine this happening in live action. I have a feeling it will be awful.

    btw, who’s this other Rob? lol

  10. Why Justin Chatwin? To me, this is as bad as getting Leonardo Decaprio to play Ct. America. Oh, wait. :-)

    Never could get into DB but loved DBZ. I just don’t know why they couldn’t get a better actor for Goku, at least someone who’s into martial arts. The other cast members seem fine. I will check it out but I am not at all bumped for it.

  11. Huge DBZ fan here … but this poster looks like a well done cosplay poster.

    Hes 2 skinny to be Goku. Maybe more of teen gohan or trunks or another support cast

    will still be there opening night to watch it though.

  12. Ok serious guys, did you think they would make the movie the same as the series? Then the movie would be lame, and of course you can’t make them look the same it would be way to freaking hard and would probably look really lame, I’m a HUGE DB/DBZ/DBGT fan I have the complete series on dvd, all the movies and every game made for the ps2 and Wii. Now of course if they batch this up its going to suck but from everything I have seen and all the videos I have seen from them making it, its going to be good. Check out http://www.dragonballmovieblog.net/ has everything about it.

  13. johnny-K, I agree Grr…

    I wish it would break ground but my gut tells me it won’t. I liked the very first posted photo on this site better as a movie poster. I suspect it will be a fan indulgence at best. I don’t mind! I’m a little selfish with this series. I could care less whether my friends understand or like it or not. Most of my friends don’t even know that it exists. What I care about is that it holds up to the original Manga. Not that it should slavishly stick to the founding story but strike a balance between originality and continuity with the source. If some element doesn’t work then find a good one that does. For those not in the know I have a spoiler for ya so pass over this if you don’t want to know:

    thisallhappensinanalternateuniverse!

  14. I’m the other Rob (the one that loves DBZ), or you can call me RobB from now on, I believe you can translate dragon ball to the big screen if it’s done correctly, not like street fighter in where it absolutely stunk but if they do effects like they did in Casshern and casting like the upcoming watchmen movie (check out the trailer)Oh man, they nailed the characters perfectly, I think it would be cool. From what I have been seeing, I really can’t get excited about it yet, hopefully I’m wrong.

  15. i think the poster looks great! but i have to agree with the majority than for non db/dbz fans there needs to be more kick. i guess we all jst have to wait for the trailer

  16. this is really going to suck. goku doesnt even look strong. he has gokus jaw but not his muscle. and chi chi is too young. and all though im a big fan of chow yun fat, i think his look takes away from roshis character. wtf were they thinking with this lame script. non dbz fans will probably think its too corny

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