11 Apr Dragon Ball Fan Art Shows How Next Dragon ball Movie Characters Could Look Like
Dragon Ball fans have still not recovered from the traumatic experience that was Dragonball: Evolution, Hollywood’s horrendous 2009 attempt at a live-action Dragon Ball movie.
However, with Dragon Ball Super, the franchise has enjoyed a major boost in popularity more than ever, so it only seems evitable that a new Dragon Ball live-action movie will be next on the agenda. And if that should happen, we are hoping that the Dragon Ball reboot will take inspiration from amazing artist Datrinti who has done some fantastic artwork on the characters as seen below.
SLIDE 1/8 – GOKU
This live-action version of Goku captures the playful spirit of the character and has even got his signature hairstyle down to a tee.
SLIDE 2/8 FREEZA
This alien nature of Freeza is portrayed perfectly in this image. With the red eyes, the purple lips and bulbous head he really looks like a frightening villain.
SLIDE 3/8 – VEGETA
This image captures how an actor could convey the Saiyan Prince’s signature swagger, and the body type and face type look pretty spot-on. Not sure the actual laws of gravity would allow that hair to work, though…
SLIDE 4/8– CELL
This image of Cell is the perfect combination of bio-organic and mechanical monstrosity. The rendition looks like a Frankenstein creation with Dragon Ball influences. Again, the eyes really bring out the villainy of the character.
SLIDE 5/8– KID BUU
This image of Kid Buu perfectly captures the alien aesthetics of the character. With his beady little mischievous eyes, lean muscle look and the gold accents of the gauntlets and belt. This is some pretty awesome work.
SLIDE 6/8 – SUPER SAIYAN 3 GOKU
The visual imagery around this SSJ3 concept is sound, and this would be a stunning moment in the actual movie. However, that hairless and chiseled SSJ3 face still looks weird – especially on a non-Asian actor.
SLIDE 7/8 – ULTRA INSTINCT GOKU VS. JIREN
This one is for the Dragon Ball Super fans who are still riding high of the thrills of those final few episodes – especially the milestone fight between a complete Ultra Instinct Goku, and a fully-powered Jiren. Jiren look every bit like the “little green men” alien design the anime and manga went with – and even a whitewashed Goku looks pretty great in his frosty Ultra Instinct form. That UI aura could use some color, though.
SLIDE 8/8 – THE ARTIST AT WORK
Check out this time-lapse video of how this Portuguese artist creates the Goku masterpieces.
What did you think of Datrinti’s artwork? Would this be acceptable to you as a Dragon Ball live-action movie with non-Asian actors? Or is the cultural factor a hard red line for you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!