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Sharkboy And Lavagirl Will Return As Superhero Parents In New Netflix Film

Sharkboy And Lavagirl Will Return As Superhero Parents In New Netflix Film

Sharkboy and Lavagirl are set to return for another adventure.

It's been more than 15 years since we last saw the superhero duo in The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl, but director Robert Rodriguez has confirmed that the characters are coming back - and this time they're parents to a daughter with shark and lava powers.

We Can Be Heroes will centre on 11 superhero kids who have to try and save the world after their parents are kidnapped.

Both character are set to return, but while Taylor Dooley has confirmed she will play an adult Lavagirl, reports state that Taylor Lautner has yet to say whether or not he's coming back as Sharkboy, although it's looking likely that he will.

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According to reports, Lavagirl may even have a speaking part.

Speaking about the new movie on a Comic-Con panel, Rodriguez described it as being 'like an Avengers team' except 'they all have kids".

The superhero duo will return as parents in the new movie. Credit: Sony
The superhero duo will return as parents in the new movie. Credit: Sony

The 52-year-old said: "My most rabid fanbase all these years, by far, has been my kid films. My Spy Kids audience.

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"These kids watch those movies over and over because they're action films made for children and families, in particular at a time when they need empowerment.

"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!'"

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But as you can imagine, it's not been the easiest time for filmmakers recently, and Rodriguez said it's been an extremely challenging shoot, especially given the age of the cast.

He said: "It was the most challenging movie I'd ever done because, any director knows, the most challenging scene is like a dinner scene where you got a lot of people.

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"The whole movie I got 11 superhero kids in every shot. Trying to figure out how to film that was incredible.

"It's really challenging and exciting and I already shot it and was editing it when this happened."

Robert Rodriguez is returning to direct We Can Be Heroes. Credit: PA
Robert Rodriguez is returning to direct We Can Be Heroes. Credit: PA

He added: "I'm scoring it...we're scoring it in Vienna, remotely, listening over here in the other room. I can't be in the orchestra room as usual. They're all sitting six feet apart in Vienna, it's a wild time."

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Discussing why he decided to make the film with Netflix and not bring the iconic characters back to the big screen, Rodriguez said it will be easier for children to see it.

He said: "It was hard to make them for the theatre because kids couldn't drive themselves to the theatre and watch it a thousand times.

"Parents would have to take them. With Netflix, they can just sit there and [mimics hitting a play button]. 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."

He continued: "That's why they get such high numbers on those types of films."

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Topics: TV and Film

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]