Superhero movie fatigue has been plaguing the genre for a while, but it just might get a Texas Smash in the face soon.
My Hero Academia could give it the punch it needs. Kohei Horikoshi’s shonen manga took off in 2014 and later exploded into the anime world, fusing Japanese heroes like the stars of Super Sentai and Ultraman with the type of Western-style superhumans that leap out of the pages of Marvel and DC comics. Legendary is going to attempt the All Might-sized feat of morphing the anime into a live-action phenomenon.
This is actually happening. While no writer or director has materialized yet, Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter will produce for Legendary, with Ryosuke Yoritomi producing for Japanese company and franchise owner Shueisha.
In a world where one in four humans is born with some sort of power, or Quirk, Izuku Midoriya is the type of rarity no one wants to be—quirkless. That isn’t really an option for someone who aspires to go to a superhero high school and become the most amazing hero ever. Somehow, he manages to shatter the odds, and the manga and anime follow his journey through the harrowing trials he must emerge from alive if he hopes to do any more than just parade around in spandex.
Legendary may need a few Quirks of its own to manage the insane amount of special effects that are going to have to go into this movie. Splodey-McSplode-face Katsuki Bakugo’s fiery blasts and gravity girl Ochako Uraraka’s levitation abilities might sound pretty standard for a film that brings teenage superheroes to life, but what about All Might’s extreme transformative episodes or Mezo Shoji’s octopus limbs that not only regenerate but can grow their own eyes and teeth?
Any hardcore My Hero Academia fan is probably also dying to see the hand on Shigaraki’s face actually moving and the villians’ homunculus army of Nomu in 3D, crawling out onto the streets of Tokyo with their brains exposed.
Expect the production company behind Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films, the latest Kong and Godzilla, and the Pacific Rim and Jurassic World movies to do something unreal.