I am so buzzed about this mysterious update from the Toei Video website about the upcoming summer movie that is a must-watch for fans of that Japanese unique film genre called Tokusatsu.
In particular, the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider series.
The tentative "The Big Super Hero Battle" title may conjure images of Superman versus The Dark Knight while taking on the Avengers, but from a Japanese perspective, a super hero is more like a Masked Rider or any of the Power Rangers teams.
The story will bring together the Kaizoku (Pirate) Sentai Gokaigers and Kamen Rider Decade, with up to 240 super heroes expected to make an appearance.
As strange as it seems, this is the very first time that heroes from both series are in the same movie. They have been sharing a double-bill (two different movies playing together), but that's not quite the same as fighting in the same movie.
Of course, it's not quite the precedent, since the TV series Samurai Sentai Shinkenger had a much touted two-episode crossover in the Kamen Rider Decade series in 2009.
And there's also the upcoming Gokaiger versus Space Sheriff Gavan movie this month (Jan 2012).
In any case, it seems like Toei is adopting the same strategy as Marvel does for its movie properties: Making them play in the same universe.
Which is very exciting to a fanboy like me.
For all you non-believers out there, just imagine a Star Wars-Star Trek kind of crossover -- wouldn't that be mindblowing to you?