Warner Bros. made a degree of releasing all its 2021 motion pictures on HBO Max, and the service’s subsequent huge film is an applicable nod to the digital world. The studio has released the primary trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy, and it is extra of an ode to sci-fi than you would possibly suppose. The film has LeBron James whisked right into a “Matrix hell” the place he has to play basketball in opposition to a supervillain-like Goon Squad to rescue his son. That entails enlisting Bugs Bunny and associates for his squad, in fact, however the references go additional than that.
James can rely on assist from The Iron Giant‘s namesake robotic, for starters. The film additionally makes nods to the technological progress within the 25 years because the authentic Space Jam with Michael Jordan. The Tune Squad transforms from flat cartoons into CG-animated characters (or an actual physique, in James’ case), gamers rating video game-like factors, and the above-the-court show even reveals a social media follower rely.
A New Legacy premieres each on HBO Max and in theaters on July sixteenth. We would not count on it to be a transcendent cinematic expertise, however it additionally will not value you extra to watch than a Max subscription. It could also be simple to justify when you’re nonetheless caught at residence due to the pandemic, or simply don’t desire the hassles of visiting the theater. It’s additionally one of many greater checks of Warner’s technique —if the brand new Space Jam proves a hit on HBO Max, it might each increase the service’s profile and lead to extra big-name motion pictures on Max.