A new cover image of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie which surfaced online on Friday, March 11, 2022, suggested the upcoming movie will receive two light novel adaptations.
According to the cover, Masatoshi Kusakabe will author the light novel in Jump j Books based on the character designs by Akira Toriyama. This version will have a novelized version of the plot along with movie screenshots.
Another version will be a novel in Shueisha Mirai Bunko version, which will be authored by Sui Ogawa. In the Mirai Bunko version, only the movie plot will be turned into a novel.
Both versions of light novels were set to launch on April 25, 2022, however, due to a third-party invasion, most of Toei’s IPs were delayed indefinitely.
The new Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie will release in Japan on April 22, 2022, and in the Summer in North America.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is an upcoming Japanese computer-animated martial arts fantasy/adventure film produced by Toei Animation and written by Dragon Ball series creator Akira Toriyama. It is the 21st Dragon Ball feature film overall, the fourth produced with Toriyama’s direct involvement, the second to carry the Dragon Ball Super branding, and the first to be produced mainly using 3D animation.
The synopsis of the film goes as follows (unofficial translation by Herms):
In the past, Goku destroyed the evil “Red Ribbon Army” organization. But their will lives on!!
After their revival, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2 are two powerful new Androids created by the Red Ribbon Army and initiate their revenge.
After being attacked by Gamma 2, Piccolo soon notices this disturbing activity and infiltrates the Red Ribbon Army’s headquarters. But there, he discovers an unimaginable “Ultimate Evil weapon” and a conspiracy of an unimaginable scale at work.
Gohan is forced to enter the conflict too due to his beloved daughter, Pan, being kidnapped by the sinister organization. Will Gohan and Piccolo be able to defeat the Red Ribbon Army?!