This morning we got our first real look at Space Jam: A New Legacy, the long-developed sequel to Michael Jordan’s mid-nineties fever dream that saw him pulled into an animated world full of Looney Tunes and strange contractual obligations that meant the G.O.A.T. had to ball to save himself. And ball he did.
This sequel, starring Lebron James, another pretty capable basketballer, leans even harder into crossover territory and goes absolutely Ready Player One on the situation, bringing in just about every Warner Bros. property you could think of. While servitude was at stake in the original Space Jam, the only thing that’s clear is that a rogue A.I. named Al G Rhythm, portrayed by Don Cheadle, traps the fictionalised version of Lebron James and his son, played by Cedric Joe, inside this insane world where the only means to foil his plan is to—you guessed it—ball out.
People have been sharp enough to spot some pretty surprising cameos amidst the ones you’d expect, in The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo. From the flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz through to Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the less-than-child-friendly It, those behind the scenes of A New Legacy have recognised the wealth of variety in Warner Bros. properties and have gone stupid packing them in here.
Evidently the Space Jam sequel is also WB doing a Ready Player One sequel with cameos from Scooby-Doo, Iron Giant, The Flintstones and even Pennywise. I hope this means we’ll get to see Freddy Krueger play basketball! pic.twitter.com/OdaMttLPM9