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Ultraman Returns in First Teaser for Netflix’s ‘Ultraman: Rising’

Ultraman! Ultraman! Here he comes from the sky!

Ultraman (not to be confused with Omniman or Superman) is getting a new movie. The movie is based on the Ultraman franchise, a Japanese sci-fi story created by Eiji Tsuburaya, which began with Ultra Q and Ultraman in 1966. The franchise has dozens of films, shows, and video games under its name, with Netflix having produced an animated series, which ran from 2019 to 2023.

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Here’s everything you need to know about Ultraman: Rising.

When will Ultraman: Rising hit Netflix?

According to Netflix, the film will arrive in 2024.

Is there a trailer?

Netflix has finally released a teaser trailer for Ultraman: Rising. Behold:

Who’s in Ultraman: Rising?

Per Netflix, the cast includes Christopher Sean (You, Hawaii Five-O) as Ken Sato/Ultraman, Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles, Gremlins 2: The New Batch) as Professor Sato, Tamlyn Tomita (The Good Doctor, Cobra Kai, the upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender) as Emiko Sato, Keone Young (Crank, Men in Black 3, Star Wars Rebels) as Dr. Onda, and Julia Harriman as Ami.

What is Ultraman: Rising about?

The plot synopsis is as follows:

Ken Sato, a superstar baseball player who returns to Japan to become the latest hero to carry the mantle of Ultraman. His plans go awry, however, when he is compelled to raise a newborn kaiju monster the offspring of his greatest enemy as his own child. Sato will also have to contend with his relationship with his estranged father and the schemes of the Kaiju Defense Force.

We do not know if this movie is a sequel to the animated Netflix series.


The film is being directed by Shannon Tindle and John Aoshima, as well as written by Tindle and Marc Haimes. It is the theatrical directorial debut of both Tindle and Aoshima; however, both have previously directed animated TV/miniseries. Tindle directed Lost Ollie, another Netflix original, while Aoshima has directed animated TV series DuckTales and Gravity Falls. Both directors also worked on Kubo and the Two Strings, an amazing stop-motion animated movie.

The film is currently listed as an animated action, adventure, fantasy, and sci-fi movie. Animation is reportedly being handled by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in partnership with Tsuburaya Productions.

(featured image: Netflix)

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