The concept of going to see a movie in a theater is one that has become foreign to people across the United States because of how long theaters been closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. For context, the last movie I went to go see in a theater was “Onward,” which came out in March. It’s been a while.
That doesn’t mean the excitement for the next blockbuster movie releases has gone away, though. In fact, the hype for “Space Jam 2” — which will star Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James — reached an all-time high over the weekend with the release of the synopsis (via screenwriter Ben Mekler):
“During a trip to the Warner Bros. studio, NBA Superstar LeBron James and his son accidentally get trapped within a world that contains all of Warner Bros.’ stories and characters, under the control of a malfunctioning, all-powerful force named Al G (played by Don Cheadle),” it reads. “With the help of Bugs Bunny, LeBron must navigate through a never-before-imagined world filled with iconic movie scenes and characters as they re-assemble the Looney Tunes to rescue his lost son. Now to get back home, LeBron and the Tunes have to unravel Al G’s mysterious plan and win an epic basketball game against digital gamified super-versions of the NBA and WNBA’s biggest stars as the entire world watches.”
This all but confirms the rumors that characters like Pennywise, The Mask and Joker are going to be in the film, which rules so hard. The question now is: what other characters or iconic films will be in “Space Jam 2”?
Unfortunately, we don’t know the answer to that question just yet, but we can make a few suggestions and hope they come true.
Singin’ In the Rain (1952)
LeBron James, a 6’9, 250-pound superhuman, singing and dancing to classic show tunes in the rain? Take my money — literally all of it.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
“Oompa loompa doompety doo, I’ve got another puzzle for you. Ooma loompa doompety dee, how do you blow a 3-1 lead?”
Seeing LeBron James as Superman would be all-time great stuff, but do you know what would be even cooler? Seeing James being rescued by Dwight Howard playing Superman. They did say there would be other NBA and WNBA stars, right?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
LeBron James has dominated on the basketball court, but how would he fare in a quidditch match, and who would he play for? My gut tells me Gryffindor, but people from Slytherin are famous for preserving their bodies, and James is playing at an elite level going into his 18th season.
I’m just saying!
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Here’s my elevator pitch: LeBron as a hobbit.
Honestly, there is nothing that appeals to me more than LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard in a time heist movie. Irving would obviously be the architect because he thinks with his third eye, or whatever.
What Warner Bros. properties would you like to see in “Space Jam 2”? Let us know in the comments below!