The genie is out of the battle, and now a variety of fans – NBA fans, LeBron fans, Bugs Bunny fans, Looney Tunes fans, or just fans of the original movie with Michael Jordan – are building up excitement for “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” There has also been plenty of discussion, from the choice of MCU veteran Don Cheadle as the bad guy, to Lola Bunny’s new design, to even a reported deleted scene featuring aggressively romantic skunk Pepe Le Pew. All this and there is not even a trailer yet. But some new info only stokes more interest as Warner Bros. unleashes its character stable.
Comic Book Resources tells us that “Space Jam: A New Legacy” will be featuring a cornucopia of cameos, all drawn from the well of media that Warner Bros. Pictures has control over. Director Malcolm D. Lee reveals this as he talks about the massive virtual world that the meat of the film takes place in. Just as in the first “Space Jam,” Michael Jordan was taken to the animated world of Looney Tunes via a golf course hole, in the sequel LeBron James and his son are abducted by a sentient computer algorithm into a virtual space of multiple media.
While some may think that the story of this movie might just be aping from Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Warner actually has had several recent blockbusters with worlds full of characters from assorted IPs. In 2014’s “The LEGO Movie” there were DC superhero minifigures, and in 2018’s “Ready Player One” from director Steven Spielberg, the “Iron Giant,” Chucky the killer doll, Mecha-Godzilla and a Gundam from Japan were in the action. Lee notes that some of the “A New Legacy” cameos have key roles, but mostly they will serve as the audience to the big basketball game in the film’s climax.
Among the IPs name-dropped for “Space Jam: A New Legacy” include Warner-produced or distributed films such as “The Matrix,” “King Kong,” “Batman” and even “Wonder Woman.” Speaking of that one, Lola Bunny in the virtual space is even supposed to be living in Themyscira with the Amazons. One can only wonder at what other cameo characters can be expected in the picture when “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” starring LeBron James, Don Cheadle and Sonequa Martin-Green, premieres this July 16.
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