Alongside the revealing of Goku’s mother (!) in the latest issue of Saikyō Jump, Akira Toriyama also comments on Vegeta.
According to the Kanzenshuu.com forums, Toriyama says that if there is going to be a new Dragon Ball Z movie, that he wants Vegeta to be the protagonist.
That’s right, Vegeta would be the good guy!!
The Next Dragon Ball Z Movie
Please understand that nothing has been stated about a new DBZ movie other than Toriyama discussing where he personally might like it to go.
Here is the exact quote, courtesy of Kanzenshuu.
As for Vegeta, in the event that there’s talk of another animated film, then next time, I’d like him to play the main role. (Of course, this is nothing more than intentions, and I haven’t decided anything at all.)
Toei is the one who decides if they are going to invest millions of dollars into making a new film, so this is only Toriyama saying that IF there were a new Dragon Ball Z movie that he would like Vegeta to take the lead.
However, Battle of Gods did make a profit in Japan, so Toei knows that the franchise is worth investing in.
In the Akira Toriyama-sensei Godly Interview, Toriyama said:
Q: If there’s another movie, would you want to be involved?
A: I don’t think I’d want to be actively involved, but if I get a request and I have the time, I suppose I might.
Therefore it is possible that if there were to be a new Dragon Ball Z movie and Toriyama were involved, that Vegeta would be the protagonist.
He is the creator of Dragon Ball, after all. What he says, goes.
Vegeta as the Hero?
It’s exciting to see how Akira Toriyama wants to take Vegeta’s character through the full process of redemption and virtuous ascent to become a hero.
If you look at Vegeta’s story arc, as I discussed in my book, Dragon Ball Z “It’s Over 9,000!” When Worldviews Collide, you can see how Vegeta transforms from a stone hearted killer to a sentimental family man.
And you can also see it in Battle of Gods when he powers up with anger when his wife, Bulma, gets hurt.
How do you think Vegeta could be the hero in a new DBZ film’s story? Would Goku be captured or incapacitated somehow?
Would Vegeta have a chance to become a Super Saiyan God or finally attain Super Saiyan 3?!
Or maybe it will be a flashback to Vegeta’s younger years on Planet Vegeta while working for Freeza. Might that give us a chance to see Goku’s newly announced mother?
Will Vegeta finally receive the glory he’s due?!