Ultraman: Rising
Directed byShannon Tindle
John Aoshima
Screenplay by
  • Shannon Tindle
  • Marc Haimes
Based onUltraman
by Tsuburaya Productions
Produced by
  • Tom Knott
  • Lisa Poole
StarringChristopher Sean
Gedde Watanabe
Tamlyn Tomita
Keone Young
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
CountriesUnited States

Ultraman: Rising is an upcoming animated superhero film based on Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman franchise. A Japanese-American co-production between Tsuburaya Productions and Netflix Animation, with Industrial Light & Magic animating, it is the 44th film in the franchise. Directed by Shannon Tindle (in his directorial debut) and John Aoshima from a script by Tindle and Marc Haimes, the film stars Christopher Sean as Ken Sato / Ultraman, alongside the voices of Gedde Watanabe, Tamlyn Tomita, Keone Young, and Julia Harriman. It is slated to be released worldwide on Netflix in 2024.


Ken Sato, a famous but egotistical baseball player living a secret life as the giant superhero Ultraman, is forced to balance his career and hero duties after reluctantly adopting a baby kaiju after defeating its mother.[1]

Voice cast


The film, inspired by the character of the same name, originally began as an original idea developed by director Shannon Tindle.[4] He conceived it while working as a character designer on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends in the mid-to-late 2000s.[5] Tindle further developed the film, writing a script and creating art, at Sony Pictures Animation from 2016 to 2018; at the time, the plot would have followed "a billionaire forced to grow up when he takes on the orphaned children of his former foe."[6][7] After leaving Sony, Tindle moved to Netflix Animation to produce the live-action/animation hybrid series Lost Ollie with fellow Sony Animation director Peter Ramsey, where he had the opportunity to repurpose the plot for his film to fit with the "Ultraman" IP.

The project was announced as a Netflix exclusive in May 2021, with Tindle to direct and co-write the film with Marc Haimes (Tindle and Haimes previously co-wrote Kubo and the Two Strings), Tom Knott to produce, Lisa Poole to co-produce, John Aoshima to co-direct, and Industrial Light & Magic to animate the film.[8] In July 2022, Netflix released an image teasing the film's animation style and Ultraman design.[9]


In October 2023, Tindle shared via Twitter a first-look image of Ultraman and the film's official title as Ultraman: Rising, teasing an announcement for Geeked Week 2023.[10] In November 2023, the film's voice-cast and first trailer were unveiled during Geeked Week 2023, targeting a 2024 release on Netflix.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Massoto, Erick (November 9, 2023). "It's Kaiju Vs. Baseball Star in 'Ultraman Rising' Trailer". Collider. Archived from the original on November 10, 2023. Retrieved November 10, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Dominguez, Noah (November 9, 2023). "Ultraman: Rising Teaser Trailer Reveals the Superhero Movie's Voice Cast". SuperHeroHype. Archived from the original on November 10, 2023. Retrieved November 10, 2023.
  3. ^ "円谷プロ×Netflix共同製作の「ULTRAMAN: RISING」が24年に全世界配信 日本語吹き替え版の主役に山田裕貴". Eiga.com. November 13, 2023. Archived from the original on November 27, 2023. Retrieved November 26, 2023.
  4. ^ Tindle, Shannon (May 13, 2021). "Thanks to the trust of @TsuburayaGlobal and Netflix, an idea inspired by Ultraman became an Ultraman film. The little boy who ran around crossing his arms and blasting his parents with the Specium Beam can't believe this is happening!". Twitter. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  5. ^ Tindle, Shannon (May 13, 2021). "Mr. McCracken was one of the first to believe waaaaay back on Foster's:)". Twitter. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  6. ^ Rianda, Michael (May 14, 2021). "I read the script and saw the art that @ShannonTindle_1 made years ago at Sony and IT IS A CLUB BANGER. The art+script are great and there's an incredible team assembled to pull it off! I seriously can't wait to watch it! GET HYPED!". Twitter. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  7. ^ Richford, Rhonda (June 15, 2017). "Annecy: Sony Animation Boss Teases New Films, Talks Smurf Misstep: 'It Tanked'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  8. ^ Vary, Adam (May 13, 2021). "Netflix Developing 'Ultraman' Animated Feature With All-New Story (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on November 10, 2023. Retrieved November 10, 2023.
  9. ^ Whitbrook, James (July 5, 2022). "Netflix's Ultraman Movie Looks Ultra-Stylish". Gizmodo. Archived from the original on November 10, 2023. Retrieved November 10, 2023.
  10. ^ Valdez, Nick (October 18, 2023). "Ultraman Rising First Sneak Peek Released". Comicbook.com. Retrieved November 10, 2023.