The trailer for the eagerly awaited Space Jam sequel starring basketball icon LeBron James was released over the Easter weekend and it certainly raised a few eyebrows.
The new film, titled Space Jam: A New Legacy, sees James replace Michael Jordan as the real-life basketball star who has to team up with the Looney Tunes in an extravagant match against an evil set of basketball players is noticeably different from the original film.
Although the premise is virtually the same, Warner Bros has leaned hard into using all the intellectual properties that they own and tried to cram as many as possible into the film.
In the trailer, you can see characters from the likes of Scooby-Doo, Batman, The Flintstones, King Kong, Thundercats, Game of Thrones, Mad Max and A Clockwork Orange watching the basketball game.
Although many of these are unlikely to raise too many concerns, as many of them are from franchises that are aimed at children, the inclusion of Mad Max and Game of Thrones could cause some alarm amongst parents.
However, the inclusion of the Droogs, the ultra-violent gang who commit gross crimes of physical and sexual assault in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film, which was banned in many countries, has definitely sparked criticism.
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This comes after Looney Tunes character, Pepe Le Pew was reportedly dropped from the film over the characters problematic personality, which often involved him so strong attraction to a cat, who did not care for his advances.
There were concerns that having this type of character in a 21st century film would set a poor example to children on the topic of consent, something which US conservatives have tried to adapt into their so-called ‘war on culture.’
Although the including of the Clockwork Orange characters is only likely to be a small easter egg in the background of a scene, there are bound to be a few kids who ask their parents what the strange guys in white outfits are from, which will likely lead to some awkward conversations.
Warners have been known to lean heavily into the many franchises that they have acquired with many pop culture characters featuring in films such as Ready Player One and The Lego Movie.
In slightly better Space Jam related news, there were worries that with the new film being released that the classic Space Jam website, a relic of the long-forgotten early era of the internet, which had somehow remained live and untouched since 1996, would have been archived.
However, it has simply been moved to spacejam.com/1996 so you can still get your old internet kicks there.