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Space Jam: A New Legacy Gets Ready Player Two Trending On Twitter

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BY April 9, 2021

The original Space Jam became an iconic movie for a generation of kids, so it’s actually surprising that it took 25 years for them to make a sequel. Of course, one could argue that only a basketball player like LeBron James to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan. (Also, he better be in this movie, Warner Bros., or you’ll have to deal with me.) Yet, the new trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy caught people’s attention, but also caused “Ready Player Two” to trend on Twitter. Ready Player One, of course, was the Warner Bros.-distributed film in which countless characters from pop culture appeared as characters’ avatars in their digital world. In a way, Space Jam: A New Legacy shares this idea, at least from what we’re given in the trailer.

LeBron James’ fake son, Dom played by Cedric Joe, is kidnapped by Don Cheadle playing a character named Al G. Rhythm. Not only does the man also known as War Machine kidnap this child, he traps James in a digital universe of planets containing Warner Bros. characters. Naturally, he lands on the Looney Tunes planet. However, countless other identifiable figures from WB’s past are seen in the crowd for the game, from the Iron Giant to a band of droogs from A Clockwork Orange.

The trailer makes Space Jam: A New Legacy seem just as fun as the original movie. Essentially, fans are saying this could easily be a sequel to that film. We see shots of Hanna Barbera classic cartoons like the Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Grape Ape, and Captain Caveman. Also, one of the dragons from Game of Thrones flies by. Your eagle-eyed correspondent also saw Pennywise from It: Chapter Two, a flying monkey from Wizard of Oz, and Morpheus and Agent Smith.

Space Jam: A New Legacy debuts in theaters and on HBO Max on July 16, 2021.

What is your favorite part of the trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy? Also, if you spotted any other identifiable characters, share them in the comments below.

Featured image via Warner Bros.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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