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First Live-action ‘Dragon Ball’ Movie Images Produce Confusion, Sadness

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The live-action Dragon Ball movie is well on the path to infuriate everyone who’s a fan of the anime, and please no one who’s not. The HoyCinema blog has a few pics from the Mexico shoot with Justin Chatwin as Goku, and apparently the filmmakers have traded the mid-air, energy-blasting martial arts of the anime for mild vehicular assault, as Goku appears to be getting bumped by a yellow mustang.

In the beloved anime and manga, Goku usually saved the world from transforming, martial artist aliens with fights lasting hours of footage; he rarely had difficulties looking both ways before crossing the street. Given this discrepancy, it seems that the Dragon Ball movie is on track to be a debacle of the original Street Fighter movie proportions. Here’s hoping that unlike Street Fighter’s Raul Julia, Chow Yun-Fat (who plays lecher-sensei Master Roshi in the flick) won’t die of shame immediately after filming. (Via Kotaku) ? Rob

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.