Hideaki Anno, creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion and co-director of 2016’s Shin Godzilla, is producing and writing, with Shinji Higuchi (special effects director for Shusuke Kaneko’s ’90s Gamera trilogy) in the director’s chair.
Footage in the trailer will surely excite fans of the 1966 series with its updated designs of classic monsters (Neronga and Gabora), along with what appears to be a redesigned Science Patrol badge. Most of all, the familiar look of Ultraman (sporting his C-Type mask) is a sight to behold.
Both the monsters and Ultraman are rendered in CGI, a departure from the practical special effects which not only brought the original characters to life, but which also put the series and its creator, Eiji Tsuburaya, on the map. Nevertheless, the digitally-rendered Godzilla of Shin Godzilla managed to dazzle and impress – so hopes are high for Ultraman’s new look.
Shin Godzilla is also brought to mind by the visual style shown in the trailer, with vivid urgency from striking close-ups and gliding movement.
Tsuburaya Productions has also released two new posters for the film, one of which is featured below. This particular poster seems to feature a redesigned Beta Capsule – the device Hayata used in the original series to transform into the titular hero.
We anxiously await more news, footage, and the film itself. Shin Ultraman is set for a summer 2021 release.