When Netflix announced it was working on an original animation Ultraman movie last year, it did that with a bold, suggestive teaser image which made us wonder if it was just great concept work—or a real one indicator of how close would the movie be? come to look like this. Turns out the answer is, wonderfully, “very very close”.
Netflix went out today a new teaser image of the still-self-titled film, directed by Shannon Tindle and John Aoshima. And as the streamer describes the incredibly slick shot – presenting Ultraman, arms folded, firing his specimen beam attack in a red-soaked city street – as being a “bold new look pulled from the manga, anime and of course the original series”, that’s… not For real all so accurate.
Yes, Ultraman’s own design is very classic like the suits from the tokustatsu show, but this doesn’t resemble Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi’s manga riff on the franchise, nor the CG anime adaptation, which is also currently streaming on Netflix. If anything, it looks like Ultraman by the way Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a bold, bright, wildly stylish riff on a classic superhero icon. And hey, you know what? More superheroes should have their own Into the Spider-Verse, For real. Glad Ultraman is joining the program.
We’ll bring you more about Netflix’s plans for Ultraman as and when we learn them.
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