Director Robert Rodriguez has had a varied filmography over the years, from the horror of From Dusk Till Dawn and The Faculty to adaptations like Sin City and Alita: Battle Angel. Some of his most popular movies are Spy Kids series and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, and he’s set to return to family sci-fi with his next film, the Netflix movie We Can Be Heroes. The first trailer has now been released.
The trailer is fast and frantic, and manages to set up the plot very quickly. Essentially, the world’s superheroes have been captured by aliens, and their super-powered kids must team up to get them back. These include Guppy, the daughter of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. It looks like a wild, hyperactive CGI-overload that will definitely appeal to younger viewers (and probably some adults too). Check the trailer out below.
We Can Be Heroes stars Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, YaYa Gosselin, Christian Slater, Christopher McDonald, and Vivien Blair. In addition, Taylor Dooley returns as Lavagirl, with JJ Dashnaw replacing Taylor Lautner as Sharkboy. It hits Netflix on January 1.
Rodriguez previously explained it was the popularity of his earlier family movies that led him to make We Can Be Heroes for Netflix. “Kids watch those movies over and over because they’re action films made for children and families,” he said, via Collider. “Netflix came to me because the Spy Kids movies had done just so well on their service. They said ‘could you make a series of films that do that?’ And I said, ‘I’d love to!’
“It was hard to make them for the theater because kids couldn’t drive themselves to the theater and watch it a thousand times. Parents would have to take them. With Netflix, they can just sit there. I don’t have to sit there and watch Glitter Force with my daughter, she can just click it as many times as she wants. That’s why they get such high numbers on those types of films.”