Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producer Phil Lord has implied that the Spider-Man from the 1978 Japanese TV show will appear in the sequel.
Supaidāman, colloquially referred to as “Japanese Spider-Man” by Western fans, was a rather… unique take on the character’s mythology created by Toei. In the show, motorcyclist Takuya Yamashiro received a blood transfusion from a 400-year-old alien from the planet Spider. With his newfound power, Yamashiro becomes Spider-Man to avenge the death of his father, while fighting off the forces of the Iron Cross Army, a ruthless group of aliens seeking galactic domination. Although the show has little in common with the source material, this Spidey still uses many of Peter Parker’s powers from the comics, alongside a gigantic mecha known as Leopardon.
This version of the character has appeared in the various Spider-Verse comic book crossovers with his mecha, and attentive fans of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse have noticed that a drawing of Leopardon can be seen in Miles Morales’ introductory scene. While there was a Japanese Spidey in Spider-Verse in the form of Peni Parker (and her own mecha, Sp//dr), some fans lamented that the self-proclaimed “Emissary of Hell” did not get to make a cameo at the end of the film. Well, it sounds like Phil Lord is suggesting that they’ve got plans in mind for Japanese Spider-Man with the second Spider-Verse movie. When a fan asked the writer and producer of the first film if there were any plans for this version of the web-head, he responded by saying that they have a design for him:
— Phil Lord #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate (@philiplord) November 5, 2019
The producers of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse previously teased that they would put Japanese Spider-Man into the sequel if the initial film made over $200 million at the domestic box office. While it came up about $10 million short of that goal, it’s great to hear that this wacky version of the wall-crawler still has a shot at appearing in the next installment of this series. There’s no guarantee that he will make it into the sequel as of yet, but having a design ready is a great start for the future of Sony’s animated franchise.
Here is the synopsis for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman with a screenplay by Phil Lord, the film features the voices of Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, and Lily Tomlin.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is now available on home video.
DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters
Along with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.
In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.
You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".
Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.
Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.
Here is the synopsis for the show:
“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.