For 55 years, Ultraman has been one of Japan’s A-list superheroes — defending the planet from alien kaiju and inspiring all manner of global pop culture, from the Power Rangers to Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man suit. But while the character has a loyal following outside of Japan, Ultraman has never become a massive crossover phenomenon at the scale of Godzilla or Pokémon.
Netflix is hoping to change that.
The streamer is partnering with Tsuburaya Productions to develop Ultraman as a CG-animated feature film aimed at bringing a new, wider audience to the beloved silver-suited character. Shannon Tindle, an animator who’s worked on Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, will make his feature directorial debut with the project, from a script he wrote with Kubo screenwriter Marc Haimes. John Aoshima (DuckTales, Gravity Falls) will co-direct.