Another Look at Justin Chatwin as Goku in Dragonball

Here’s another look at Justin Chatwin playing Goku in James Wong’s upcoming “Dragonball” movie. Yes, you know, the movie where some people are really looking forward to, but it seems like a lot of other people are really looking forward to boycotting. Or at least, that’s the impression I get from all the comments in the “Dragonball” threads. Oh well, like it or not, it’s coming, kids. Here’s Goku doing something with his hands that involves a white ball-ish thingie.

The pic originates from DBTheMovie, who writes about it:

Dragonball-live posted what appears to be our first look at Justin Chatwin as Goku. The scan was said to be taken from Shonen Jump #24 in Japan.

Sour Mikan informs me that the scan is from Weekly Shonen Jump Issue 24 which is available officially this Monday.

He also has a translation of the writings, too, in case you really want to know. Here’s the pic itself:

Justin Chatwin as Goku



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  • joe

    does he look as confused as we are about him playing goku?

  • joe

    does he look as confused as we are about him playing goku?

  • xericho

    he looks pretty damn good actually, just because its based on something doesnt mean the movie should be like it in every way. some things just dont look good in live action.

    imagine if wolverine wore yellow spandex and was 5’3 in the movies.
    or lara craft having big boobs while doing all those stunts.

    now imagine… piccolo with green skin or goku with big hair in live action… now thats gotta suck XD

    • James

      Well you have some good points but i dont think they can really apply to this. First off Goku was not white, it was fairly clear that he was Japanese. Second the unique characteristics of each character of DBZ is what made it what it is. thats how people identified each one. everyone knew that Trunks had light purple hair, and Vegeta’s hair was like a cone, or that Master Roshi was a old creepy looking bald perv.

      Anyways there are some anime that you can remake into something different and still call it the same name and there are others that you have to stick to the original. Remember that old live action movie they made of Popeye with Robin williams? What if he didnt have the freakishly big forearms or the one closed eye, would you still know he was popeye? Better yet they should have had Eddie Murphy play popeye.

      I wonder….will goku have his tail in this movie? I just really really really REALLLLLLLY hope they don’t F*&k up Robotech cause then that would be unforgivable BLASPHEMY!!!!

      no respect, no respect at all

      • Kame-hammy-hat

        “Fairly clear he was Japanese??” I have the ENTIRE DB / DBZ manga collection, and no where, ANYWHERE in ANY of the lengthy story does it mention that Goku is Japanese. Or even Asian. The world is a futuristic setting, and when dealing with a story that involves aliens, distinction between Earthly races seems pretty pathetic. Get over it.

        • miskris95

          goku was not japanese he was from another planet yes he wears japanese clothes and was raised in japan or somewhere but that doesnt mean thats his race his race is seyan and since hes from another planet that means he has no connection to the human race he turns into a monkey for cryin out loud. and plus they cant do dragon ball z word for word and make them loook exactly the same it would take years to make and to watch dragon ball,dragon ball z,and dragon bal gt takes at least a week or to to watch it all. infact it took a whole day to watch one season af draon ball z. so they have to change it up a little but it still has the same characters and the same moorals pretty much so stop complaining just wait and watch the movie when it comes out then decide if it sucks or not dont just assume it

        • Priverson

          Why do you guys just have to deny the obvious?

      • eli

        Goku is not japanese!! He is a Saiyan which means he is from a differernt planet. it never said in the manga that he was japanese.

        • Goi

          Come on, look at the cast and tell me not most of them are of asian orentation (japanese/Chinese/etc..), but oh no the directors/producers must have the main character as american. The manga series never says the characters are japanese, i agree on that; but then tell me why the directors/producers have seeked out to get a cast full of japanese actors ?

  • xericho

    he looks pretty damn good actually, just because its based on something doesnt mean the movie should be like it in every way. some things just dont look good in live action.

    imagine if wolverine wore yellow spandex and was 5’3 in the movies.
    or lara craft having big boobs while doing all those stunts.

    now imagine… piccolo with green skin or goku with big hair in live action… now thats gotta suck XD

    • James

      Well you have some good points but i dont think they can really apply to this. First off Goku was not white, it was fairly clear that he was Japanese. Second the unique characteristics of each character of DBZ is what made it what it is. thats how people identified each one. everyone knew that Trunks had light purple hair, and Vegeta’s hair was like a cone, or that Master Roshi was a old creepy looking bald perv.

      Anyways there are some anime that you can remake into something different and still call it the same name and there are others that you have to stick to the original. Remember that old live action movie they made of Popeye with Robin williams? What if he didnt have the freakishly big forearms or the one closed eye, would you still know he was popeye? Better yet they should have had Eddie Murphy play popeye.

      I wonder….will goku have his tail in this movie? I just really really really REALLLLLLLY hope they don’t F*&k up Robotech cause then that would be unforgivable BLASPHEMY!!!!

      no respect, no respect at all

      • Kame-hammy-hat

        “Fairly clear he was Japanese??” I have the ENTIRE DB / DBZ manga collection, and no where, ANYWHERE in ANY of the lengthy story does it mention that Goku is Japanese. Or even Asian. The world is a futuristic setting, and when dealing with a story that involves aliens, distinction between Earthly races seems pretty pathetic. Get over it.

        • miskris95

          goku was not japanese he was from another planet yes he wears japanese clothes and was raised in japan or somewhere but that doesnt mean thats his race his race is seyan and since hes from another planet that means he has no connection to the human race he turns into a monkey for cryin out loud. and plus they cant do dragon ball z word for word and make them loook exactly the same it would take years to make and to watch dragon ball,dragon ball z,and dragon bal gt takes at least a week or to to watch it all. infact it took a whole day to watch one season af draon ball z. so they have to change it up a little but it still has the same characters and the same moorals pretty much so stop complaining just wait and watch the movie when it comes out then decide if it sucks or not dont just assume it

        • Priverson

          Why do you guys just have to deny the obvious?

      • eli

        Goku is not japanese!! He is a Saiyan which means he is from a differernt planet. it never said in the manga that he was japanese.

        • Goi

          Come on, look at the cast and tell me not most of them are of asian orentation (japanese/Chinese/etc..), but oh no the directors/producers must have the main character as american. The manga series never says the characters are japanese, i agree on that; but then tell me why the directors/producers have seeked out to get a cast full of japanese actors ?

  • joe

    stop trying to distract me with lara’s big boobs while doing stunts…wait…what were we talking about here? i think thats a great idea, mayb she can fight a giant trampoline-monster. title can be: “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Trampoline of Gravity’s End.”

    wait i vaguely remember the topic now. movies that have done it right are iron man, xman(to a degree), spider-man (spandex), Conan, and few other…BUT this is looking as good as super Mario, Speed Racer, and the ghost rider(nick cage). i believe they could have done well, but they have veered too far from the source (and character selection). yes, lets have a white/spanish guy do a movie about a japanese mythos…oh wait: forbidden kingdom.

    marketing > movie/story = fail

  • joe

    stop trying to distract me with lara’s big boobs while doing stunts…wait…what were we talking about here? i think thats a great idea, mayb she can fight a giant trampoline-monster. title can be: “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Trampoline of Gravity’s End.”

    wait i vaguely remember the topic now. movies that have done it right are iron man, xman(to a degree), spider-man (spandex), Conan, and few other…BUT this is looking as good as super Mario, Speed Racer, and the ghost rider(nick cage). i believe they could have done well, but they have veered too far from the source (and character selection). yes, lets have a white/spanish guy do a movie about a japanese mythos…oh wait: forbidden kingdom.

    marketing > movie/story = fail

  • give me a break

    I don’t understand how someone could even compare Speed Racer to the Super Mario Movie. Actually Dragon Ball is based on the Monkey King, which I believe is Chinese Mythology if u want to get specific. And who said only Asians can direct movies based on their Mythology?

  • give me a break

    I don’t understand how someone could even compare Speed Racer to the Super Mario Movie. Actually Dragon Ball is based on the Monkey King, which I believe is Chinese Mythology if u want to get specific. And who said only Asians can direct movies based on their Mythology?

  • Khaki

    Specifically, Journey to the West – Chinese/Buddhist novel, rather good.

    Also, I’m more concerned that in every picture Chatwin has absolutely no smile – Goku’s happy-go-lucky, not straight faced and sad-looking.

    Except for Bulma, and perhaps Roshi, I have difficulty seeing these actors in these roles – and even then, Roshi is without facial hair (not a huge deal, but sorta sad) and Bulma’s hair is the wrong color. I was under the impression they were going to be more accurate, as far as hair goes.

  • Khaki

    Specifically, Journey to the West – Chinese/Buddhist novel, rather good.

    Also, I’m more concerned that in every picture Chatwin has absolutely no smile – Goku’s happy-go-lucky, not straight faced and sad-looking.

    Except for Bulma, and perhaps Roshi, I have difficulty seeing these actors in these roles – and even then, Roshi is without facial hair (not a huge deal, but sorta sad) and Bulma’s hair is the wrong color. I was under the impression they were going to be more accurate, as far as hair goes.