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First Look At Older Sharkboy & Lavagirl In We Can Be Heroes Images

First look images show an older Sharkboy and Lavagirl in We Can Be Heroes.

Sharkboy and Lavagirl make a triumphant return in first look images of Robert Rodriguez's upcoming Netflix film  We Can Be Heroes. Taking a look at Rodriguez's filmography reveals him to be a jack-of-all-trades and a bit of a wildcard. Fans of the director either know him as the imaginative man behind Spy Kids or the crazy mastermind behind the Machete films. Rodriguez came from humble beginnings directing his first feature, El Mariachi, about an escaped convict with a score to settle on what is generously called a shoestring budget. Since then, he has been a Hollywood mainstay, alternating between Walt Disney and Quentin Tarantino. There is perhaps no man in the industry more in love with special effects than Rodriguez, whose recent offering, Alita: Battle Angel broke new ground technologically.

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We Can Be Heroes is one of Rodriguez's family-friendly flicks, serving as a stand-alone sequel to The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, released back in 2005. In the new film, all of Earth's superheroes are kidnapped by aliens, and it's up to their children to band together, rescue their parents, and save the planet. Priyanka Chopra stars as Ms. Gradenko, the leader of the superhero group known as the Heroics, with Pedro Pascal and Christian Slater playing fellow members of the team.

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Netflix posted new images from the film to Twitter, showing a grown-up Sharkboy and Lavagirl with a child of their own. The pair strongly resemble their original appearance in terms of costuming, with Sharkboy donning a Batman-esque helmet with a shark fin. Lavagirl's lava parts look much more convincing – no doubt lava-rendering tech has improved in 15 years – and the background behind them seems just as kooky as the environments of their debut feature. Additional to the two-shot, there is an action shot of Lavagirl midflight and one of their daughter (Vivien Lyra Blair of BIRD BOX) commanding what appears to be a liquid metal shark. Check out the photos below:

Wanna feel old? Sharkboy and Lavagirl are parents now (and their daughter is played by Vivien Lyra Blair aka Girl from BIRD BOX)

WE CAN BE HEROES releases globally on Netflix on New Year's Day

— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) November 18, 2020

In their first appearance, the boy-shark hybrid and the lava and fire elemental enlisted a young boy's help to save his dream world from villainy spawned by his depression. The first film was neither a critical nor financial success, so for fans who rightly thought they might never see the super duo again, today is undoubtedly a fantastic day. Rodriguez teased their return at San Diego Comic-Con@Home, saying that the two had a daughter with both of their powers. Lava powers plus shark powers equal flying metal shark, apparently. Taylor Dooley reprises her role as Lavagirl, but Taylor Lautner of Twilight fame does not reprise his role as Sharkboy. It's anyone's guess why.

Though the first film did not bring home any awards, it was undoubtedly a labor of love. Based on the imaginings of Rodriguez's son, Racer Rodriguez, Sharkboy and Lavagirl bore the hallmarks of a child's whimsy. Rodriguez appears in the film's credits fourteen times, revisiting his days as a one-person crew, and other members of his family appear throughout the production. There's no one in Hollywood quite like Robert Rodriguez, and if we ever needed to escape into childlike imaginativeness as We Can Be Heroes no doubt will allow, it's now. The film releases New Year's Day on Netflix.

More: Alita: Battle Angel Was (Just) A Box Office Success

Source: Netflix via Twitter

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