Dragon Ball Super: Broly has now released in the US theatres, and it is creating huge waves for the Dragon Ball franchise. Broly not just retcons main pieces of Saiyan history and origins from different eras of this series into one canon, but it also makes a few big changes to the Saiyan transformations and power-ups.
This film has created a pretty different visual signature for Vegeta and Goku’s power-ups into Super Saiyan God, Super Saiyan Blue, and Super Saiyan, with the transformations taking effort and giving off dazzling auras. However, what might be a very intriguing change to this Super Saiyan process is with Broly, as the movie’s explanation of the Saiyan’s power provides a road map to Super Saiyan 4 becoming part of the canon.
While the very term “Super Saiyan 4” has not been said in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, the movie drops a few clues about the nature of Broly’s powers which pretty much spell it out. When Broly had been unleashed by Freeza for fighting Vegeta and Goku, The Evil Emperor and Broly’s father, Paragus were seen standing off to the side of the battlefield, and they had discussed how powerful Broly was. As Paragus reveals, Broly can channel the power of a Saiyan’s Ozaru form without transforming into a beast. This is inferred that this aberration occurred as Paragus had amputated Broly’s tail when the Saiyan’s power had surged out of control.
Broly can access the power of the great ape and also retain the speed and agility of a humanoid. Broly succumbs to the mindless aggression and rage of a Great Ape, and this results in a worldly threat that Vegeta and Goku are forced to shut down.
The new retconned explanation of Broly’s power is now parallel to Dragon Ball’s explanation of Super Saiyan 4. SSJ4 has been based on the idea that a Saiyan will access Great Ape form and then regain conscious control over this transformation, and also retain a humanoid appearance with a few animalistic flourishes like fur and wilder, longer, hair. Since SSJ4 had been featured in the non-canon Dragon Ball GT series, and other non-canon projects like the Dragon Ball Heroes game/anime, and Xenoverse games, it is totally that a loose adaptation may get imported into the official canon.
The explanation of Broly’s powers is now in line with SSJ4. When Broly had hulked out during the movie’s finale, he might not go all furry but the bulkier longer, physique, hair, wilder, and golden pupils that appear in his eyes are visual signatures of SSJ4.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly lands in theatres as Dragon Ball Super manga enters a new storyline, one that may see Vegeta and Goku lose their ki powers. If Super Saiyan Blue and Super Saiyan God are taken off the table, Broly’s version SSJ4 may be the path to Vegeta and Goku’s next power up.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly is now showing in theatres. Dragon Ball Super airs the English dub on Adult Swim during the Toonami block Saturday evenings at 9:30 p.m.