Sharkboy & Lavagirl’s Back: ‘We Can Be Heroes’ Coming to Netflix on New Year’s Day

Fifteen years ago, the kids and teenagers of the generation were treated to The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. It took a decade and a half for a twist of a lifetime––finally, a sequel to Robert Rodriguez’s superhero film! We Can Be Heroes is coming to Netflix on New Year’s Day, and here’s everything you need to know about possibly the movie that will make the 12-year-old inside of you scream.

Considering the streaming giant has a lot of baggage to forcefully let go of by the end of the year (as well as the start), We Can Be Heroes is one of the few solutions Netflix has come up with to fill that hole. Written and directed by Rodriguez himself, the superhero movie is a Netflix Original.

The movie will serve as a direct sequel to Rodriguez’s 2005 film, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. Before the streaming giant, however, the distributors of the film were Sony Pictures and Dimension Films. Because of the pandemic, the movie went on to change platforms so as to relieve the lack, or absence, of theatre releases.

The story of the film comes years past the adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl as child heroes. Now that they’re all grown-up, they’re now part of the trustworthy heroes Earth can have. However, alien invaders come to Earth and successfully defeat our heroes and now, it is their children’s jobs to work together to help their parents––or if you’re looking at the bigger picture, the world.

Sadly, Taylor Lautner won’t be returning for his role as Sharkboy in the movie and will be replaced by J.J. Dashnaw as a stand-in body double for the role.

Written by Dave Cunningham

Raised and born in West London. Dave is currently studying BA in Psychology at CUNY Hunter College. Netflix favourites: You, Stranger Things, Ozark & Virgin River.

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