“Kung Fu Panda 3” filmmaker Jennifer Yuh Nelson says the next villain in the franchise is bigger and even more intimidating with supernatural powers.
Nelson, who co-directed the film with Alessandro Carloni, said, Kai (voiced by JK Simmons), a bull, is a villain that Po is completely ill-equipped to face, reported Entertainment Weekly.
“He’s somebody that’s beyond Tai Lung, beyond Shen. He’s a villain that Po is completely ill-equipped to face,” Nelson said.
The new antagonist, who has large horns, leather armour, and uses two jade swords with chains attached as his go-to weapon, stands apart from his predecessors.
“I drew a little chart that had a picture of Tai Lung next to Po, a picture of Shen next to Po, and a picture of this new villain coming in.
And it was like ‘You can’t go brawler because Tai Lung was brawler. You can’t go smarter because Shen was smarter. Where can you go? You have to go supernatural, bigger, and even more intimidating.”
Kai will be seen in a face off with the characters in “cool” fight scenes with a dash of humour.
“That dynamic of a new villain, new energy, and new abilities that challenge Po is what makes it interesting for usu2014and makes for some cool fight scenes.
JK brings humour to a really intimidating bad guy, so we can go really intimidating with him and not scare the kids out of the theatre.”
“Kung Fu Panda 3” is scheduled to release on January 29, 2016.