‘We Can Be Heroes’: Sharkboy And Lavagirl Are All Grown Up In Robert Rodriguez’s Netflix Superhero Film

Sharkboy and Lavagirl are all grown up. And they’ve been busy! Recently, we learned Robert Rodriguez’s We Can Be Heroes was set in the same universe as his 2005 adventure film The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3D, and now today we have a look at them as adults, with one of the actors reprising their role and another who is curiously absent.

Taylor Dooley is back in the role of Lavagirl, who should probably be named Lavawoman by this point. However, Taylor Lautner hasn’t returned to play Sharkboy. Instead, he’s been replaced by JJ Dashnaw. Lautner has largely stayed away from acting and hasn’t starred in a film since 2016’s Run the Tide.

Vivien Lyra Blair plays Sharkboy and Lavagirl’s daughter, Guppy, who is seen in one of the newly-released images riding a metal shark. She’s just one of the children of Earth’s mightiest supes, The Heroics, who spring into action to rescue their parents and save the world.

Others in the cast include Pedro Pascal, Priyanka Chopra, Christian Slater, Boyd Holbrook, Sung Kang, Adriana Barraza, and Yaya Gosselin.

We Can Be Heroes opens January 1st 2021.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.