Space Jam: A New Legacy has been announced for a mid-2021 release, and fans of the original have spent the day frothing over the fact that we’ll finally get our hands on a new Space Jam film soon. And mates, it looks fkn GOOD, and very fkn weird.
On Friday, Entertainment Weekly released its exclusive interview with the cast and director of Space Jam 2, which was accompanied by smexy images of the brand new film. The whole thing looks hot as hell, and we were finally gifted with some more deets on what the hell is going to go down.
Space Jam: A New Legacy has a wild plot, crazy cameos, and some major changes that the internet is going crazy over, so let’s discuss the most important things we took from the first look.
Let’s get one thing clear, this movie is hot as hell.
As someone who used to watch Space Jam once a week, this movie looks so fun, and Bugs Bunny looks impossibly crisp. I’m obsessed.
And LeBron James fits in the film perfectly. The pic with him and Tweety Bird? My new screensaver. It just brings so much joy.
— Nibel (@Nibellion) March 4, 2021
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 4, 2021
Space Jam 1 ???? Space Jam 2 pic.twitter.com/tLd0Bbnlwh
— LUIS BASKETJORDAN ???? (@BaskETJORDAN_) March 4, 2021
The Batshit Story
It should be noted that this film technically isn’t a sequel, but a reboot with a very different story. The only thing guaranteed to be the same as the original is a basketball player as the main (human) actor, the Looney Tunes gang, and a huge basketball game.
But I don’t think you’re prepared to find out what goes down in this movie.
“Playing a heightened version of himself, (LeBron) James struggles to relate to [Cedric Joe’s]’s Dom (his in-movie son), who’s much more interested in creating games than playing them,” Derek Lawrence from Entertainment Weekly wrote.
“When Dom’s tech skills draw the attention of a CGI humanoid named Al G Rhythm (Don Cheadle), the father-son duo get sucked into the Warner 3000 entertainment ‘Server-verse,’ with the A.I. kidnapping Dom in the hopes of stealing some of the King’s followers (IRL he has about 80 million on Instagram).”
There’s a lot going on here, but we haven’t even scratched the surface as to why this is wild. Note the fact that Lawrence mentions a Warner universe.
The Potential WB Cameos
Yep, with the mention of a Warner universe (or server-verse?) also comes the potential for Warner characters to show up in the film. This means DC superhero characters, Mad Max, The Matrix, fkn Casablanca, and even potentially, the murderous clown IT could possibly be showing up. Truly wild.
We technically don’t have exact confirmation for any of these, but director Malcolm D. Lee told Entertainment Weekly that The Matrix and Wonder Woman were potential options, while bringing up Casablanca and Mad Max in an official quote.
“It was a tricky thing just in terms of what you may want, like, ‘Oh my God, look, there’s Mad Max, and there’s Casablanca!'”
SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY includes cameos from The Matrix, Mad Max, DC, and Casablanca franchises as LeBron James & his son travel through the Warner 3000 entertainment "Server-verse” whilst AI G Rhythm tries to steal LeBron’s Instagram followers.
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) March 4, 2021
The Baddies Are Back
This one is for any diehard fan of Space Jam out there, but the villains from the original are going to return for Space Jam: A New Legacy, which is hot as hell.
This time around they’ll be known as the ‘Goon Squad’ instead of the ‘Monstars’, but I’ll take it.
Why are they back and serving a digital Warner Bros. server-verse version of Don Cheadle as he keeps LeBron James prison in an alternate reality where the Looney Tunes play basketball? Who knows. Sounds fucking fun though.
Reworked Lola Bunny
Another big change that’s making waves online is the very specific redesign of Lola Bunny, who the director says was “very sexualised” in the original.
“This is 2021. It’s important to reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters,” said Lee.
All I can say to this change is thank God. Looking back at the old design really just makes you wonder which horny art designer allowed it in the first place. It’s an animated bunny people! Pack it up!
Lola Bunny redesign from 1996 > 2021 pic.twitter.com/Uc4uBX7FCT
— SB® (@drakecereal) March 4, 2021
How do I look in the new Movie Space Jam a New Legacy. pic.twitter.com/bV8XKXuvQO
— Lola Bunny (@LegacyLolaBunny) March 4, 2021
This Major Claim From The Director
Please take a moment of silence for this rather brave claim from director Malcolm D. Lee.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy is a better movie than Space Jam.”
That’s it. That’s the quote.
Look, I know you’re doing movie promo here, but please watch your words when making such wild claims.
And of course, what is a movie announce with its memes.
Space jam 2 scene:
LeBron James: hello Lola you do not make anyone horny. I respect you for basketball
Lola bunny: thank you
— Rajat Suresh (@rajat_suresh) March 4, 2021
Me looking at Space Jam 2's first look pic.twitter.com/WHWMDZ9OKZ
— TheDoctorX11 (@TheDoctorX11) March 4, 2021
To be fair to Lola Bunny, little girls watching Space Jam already knew she was strong as hell. Sports bras can only do so much.
— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) March 4, 2021
People finding out they de-sexualized Lola Bunny’s character design for Space Jam 2pic.twitter.com/ZPZe2w9g4x
— David (@davidefinitely) March 4, 2021
aight everyone remember the rule when Space Jam 2 comes out and you see lola bunny pic.twitter.com/v3XtXMQR2t
— unattended egg ???? (@undeadartclub) March 4, 2021
new real, true and official image os space jam 2 pic.twitter.com/kXnnoy70iT
— Leonardo Amaral (@peixeaquatico) March 4, 2021
I just saw the new Space Jam poster and I'm outraged. They completely removed all the sex appeal from Porky Pig's design.
— Alan Denton (@AlanTheWriter) March 5, 2021
— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) March 4, 2021
And with the memes, vids of Kristen Wiig as Lola Bunny from hilarious The Looney Tunes Show have resurfaced.
Lola Bunny is trending and I want to remind you all that the character already peaked 10 years ago pic.twitter.com/TVTVPlGVkC
— Brendy ???? #SaveVentureBros (@TrendanBrendan) March 4, 2021
Lola Bunny is trending, so If they’re making a Space Jam 2, I really hope it’s this version. Fantastic character and fantastic dialogue. pic.twitter.com/gLE7qFoEB9
— Feline Savior ⭐️ (#BlackLivesMatter!) (@feline_savior) March 4, 2021
I just hope Wiig returns to play Lola Bunny again, because she did an absolutely stunning job.
Space Jam: A New Legacy will release in Australia on July 15, 2021.Image: Getty Images / Mike Ehrmann