‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ trailer honors science fiction

Warner Bros. tried releasing all its 2021 films on HBO Max, and the service’s next huge film is a proper nod to the digital world. The studio has released the first trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy, and it’s a greater amount of a tribute to science fiction than you may might suspect. The film has LeBron James raced into a “Matrix hell” where he needs to play basketball against a supervillain-like Goon Squad to rescue his son. That includes enlisting Bugs Bunny and companions for his squad, obviously, however the references go farther than that.

James can depend on help from The Iron Giant’s namesake robot, for starters. The film likewise gains nods to the technological progress in the 25 years since the original Space Jam with Michael Jordan. The Tune Squad changes from flat cartoons into CG-animated characters (or a real body, for James’ case), players score video game-like points, and the above-the-court display even shows a social media follower count.

A New Legacy debuts both on HBO Max and in theaters on July 16th. We wouldn’t anticipate that it should be a transcendent cinematic experience, however it additionally will not set you back more to watch than a Max subscription. It could be not difficult to justify in case you’re actually adhered at home because of the pandemic, or simply don’t need the problems of visiting the theater. It’s likewise one of the greater tests of Warner’s technique — if the new Space Jam demonstrates a triumph on HBO Max, it could both lift the service’s profile and lead to all the more big-name films on Max.