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New Dragon Ball Super Movie Hitting Theaters In Early 2019

The upcoming film, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, will hit theaters in North America in January 2019. The movie is the first film to release under the Dragon Ball Super title, and will explore events that take place following the conclusion of Super, which finished airing in Japan at the end of March.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly will be the 20th film in the franchise. The stories for the last two movies, Battle of the Gods and Resurrection F, were adapted to TV as the first two seasons of Dragon Ball Super, a series that lasted for 131 episodes. Fans of the franchise were surprised to hear that, despite its popularity, the series was set to end after the end of the "Tournament of Power" storyline. It was later announced that another film was in the works, with Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama overseeing the screenplay and the designs for the characters.

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Funimation Films has acquired the theatrical rights to Dragon Ball Super: Broly and is partnering with Toei Animation and 20th Century Fox to release the film in theaters in both United States and Canada in January 2019; a specific date wasn't revealed. Funimation is the company responsible for dubbing and distributing the series for American audiences, and they will be promoting the film as part of the Dragon Ball North America Tour 2018, which will kick off at SDCC 2018 and will encompass seven cities in the United States and Canada.

What's known about the film so far is that will explore the history of the Saiyans while introducing the first character to reach the level of Super Saiyan Blue. Somehow, the film will bring back Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan, a recurring foe of Goku and his friends. As one of the anime's most popular villains, Broly is the only character to serve as the main antagonist for three different movies: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, Broly – Second Coming, and Bio-Broly.

It remains to be seen what will come of Broly's fourth film appearance, or if he will achieve a power level similar to Goku's. Toward the end of Super, Goku finally completed his Ultra Instinct form, which puts him far above any past version of Broly in terms of power. It's worth noting that Dragon Ball Super still has over 50 episodes left to air in America, so it's unclear if the series will finish airing prior to the film's release. If so, American audiences may not be caught up on everything that's happened when the movie hits theaters.

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Source: Funimation

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