Meet the NBA stars facing off against LeBron in 'Space Jam: A New Legacy'

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Is Michael Jordan in the New Space Jam?

Is Michael Jordan in Space Jam 2? Yes, at least according to Don Cheadle. Speaking with Access Hollywood, Cheadle said, "Michael Jordan is in the movie, but not in the way you'd expect it." It's not clear what he means by that, but there will at least be some sort of reference to Jordan in this movie. Sporting NewsSpace Jam 2 release date, cast, soundtrack & more to know for LeBron James' 'A New Legacy' movie

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By Kirsten Fleming

July 15, 2021 | 7:00pm | Updated July 15, 2021 | 7:00pm

During the original intergalactic hoops battle in “Space Jam,” which was released in 1996, Michael Jordan’s dreaded opponents were a collective of menaces who went by the name “Monstars.” The roster was filled by mutant aliens who stole talent from the era’s superstars — Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Muggsy Bogues and Larry Johnson.

But in LeBron James’ fight to escape the Serververse in “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” he’s forced to take on a new team of villains known as the Goon Squad, also based on top NBA and WNBA talent.

This time, the animation is slicker, showcasing moves that seem more multifaceted and fearsome. Meet the members of the Goon Squad and their real-life counterparts.

The 31-year-old Golden State Warrior is known for his textbook shooting form. Thompson, who was drafted in 2011, has won three NBA championships with his squad and is a five-time NBA All-Star. After tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in 2019 and then his Achilles tendon in November 2020, he has been sidelined for the last two seasons. But fans are rooting for a fall return. In the meantime, he’s flexing his funny bone.

On the red carpet for the movie, when asked which Looney Tune he would like on his team, Thompson came out in favor of a character banned for some unsavory pre-#MeToo behavior. “Probably Pepé Le Pew because no one wants to go near that man, so if I’m by him, I’m going to get an open shot. That’s how bad he smells. I remember that from the first one, too.”

His Goon, Wet-Fire, can switch between being covered in water or flames to mess with his opponents.

The UConn great and guard for the Phoenix Mercury has three WNBA Championships, one MVP award and ice water running through her veins. Her ability to score in pressure situations has earned her comparisons to the late Kobe Bryant, and the nickname White Mamba. Competition runs in her family. Taurasi’s father, who was born in Italy but raised in Argentina, played pro soccer in Italy. She is married to Penny Taylor, an assistant coach for the Mercury until July 2020, when she stepped down to be a full-time mother to their son Leo Michael Taurasi-Taylor.

In “A New Legacy,” Taurasi gets combined with a snake, so not only can she shoot hoops — she can swipe the other team with her tail.

The 31-year-old Nigerian-American superstar is also part of a sister act. Her younger sibling Chiney played with her at Stanford and is her current teammate with the LA Sparks. Ogwumike, who was raised in Texas, won a WNBA championship in 2016, was League MVP, Rookie of the Year and a six-time All-Star selection.

Can she replicate such court success as a part of the Goon Squad? It definitely helps that her spider character Arachnneka has eight legs to dribble with.

The Portland Trail Blazer’s guard is known around the league as a good guy and selfless teammate. Last month, he was even given the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award, which is a leaguewide distinction.

In other words, he is really flipping the script on his on-court persona by playing for the bad guys. Nicknamed “Dame Time,” the 31-year-old Oakland, California native is a six-time NBA All-Star and was the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2013.

Inspired by Lillard’s speediness, Chronos is superfast and made of metal.

Known for embracing his bold, trademark unibrow, Davis has to play against current Los Angeles Lakers teammate LeBron James in the summer blockbuster. The pair have history. They won an NBA Championship together in the 2020 NBA bubble. But that title was just another distinction for the eight-time NBA All-star. The power forward who attended Kentucky also won an NCAA championship in 2012 and a gold medal at the London Olympics.

In the original “Space Jam,” Seal sang “Fly Like an Eagle.” In the new movie, thanks to his character’s wings, Davis actually can.

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Review: Even with LeBron James and Bugs Bunny, 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' is no slam dunk

USA TODAY 15 July, 2021 - 09:31pm

LeBron James usually shoots and scores, but his new film 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' is a big miss - especially compared to Michael Jordan's '90s film.

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USA TODAY Film Critic Brian Truitt lists his top NBA players who've acted in movies ahead of LeBron James' "Space Jam: A New Legacy" hitting theaters. USA TODAY

Michael Jordan or LeBron James? Each has strong arguments for G.O.A.T. status. When it comes to the icons’ “Space Jam” entries, though, His Airness wins in a blowout.

The hybrid animated/live-action basketball comedy “Space Jam: A New Legacy” (★★ out of four; rated PG; in theaters and on HBO Max Friday), teaming James with Looney Tunes personalities like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, is a bigger and busier revamp of the 1996 original Jordan vehicle. That first “Space Jam,” while not exactly “Hoosiers” or “He Got Game,” had its wildly goofy, self-aware charms. The new edition is comparatively an air ball: It’s less a family-friendly film with a hoops legend and more a crassly referential love letter to all things Warner Bros.

The OG “Space Jam” had a decent hook for why a basketball superstar might play with a bunch of old-school cartoon characters, tapping into Jordan’s fleeting flirtation with baseball. The new one, directed by Malcolm D. Lee (“Girls Trip”), doesn’t even have that: Its main plot mainly spins out of Warner Bros. wanting to get into the LeBron James business and have him share screen time with Batman and Harry Potter. “Athletes acting? That never goes well,” Movie LeBron says, pointing out this is a really bad idea and thus speaking for us all. (To be fair, James was pretty good in "Trainwreck.") 

The whole concept is born from a Warner Bros. computer algorithm named – we’re not kidding – Al G. Rhythm (Don Cheadle), who’s enraged that James would dare call his brainchild “stupid.” So he absconds with LeBron and his son Dom (Cedric Joe), who’d much rather be creating video games than shooting hoops (much to his dad’s chagrin), to his expansive cyberspace, sending James to Tune World where he meets Bugs.

To save him and his kid, LeBron has to play a basketball game and beat Al G.’s monstrous Goon Squad in front of an overwhelming and very distracting swath of Warner Bros. characters, from Flying Monkeys to the Flintstones. (When it comes to pop-culture randomness, this movie makes “Ready Player One” look like an intimate drama.)

Before that, LeBron and Bugs have to get their Tune Squad together, so they enter famous scenes in an array of Warner Bros. movies and TV shows to recruit familiar personalities: Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner hanging with War Boys in “Mad Max: Fury Road” makes sense, Foghorn Leghorn riding a “Game of Thrones” dragon, not so much.

It's all likely to drive you looney (and not in the cool capital-"L" way), though there are a few shining moments, starting with James. He’s actually a solid comedic actor, and while he’s a little shakier pulling off the more serious character arc for his fictional self, the Los Angeles Laker is at least game for all the high jinks. Cheadle also seems to be having fun chewing digital scenery, Lil Rel Howery (as an unwitting TV commentator) is always a welcome addition, Zendaya gives life to Lola Bunny – she especially gets an elevated role, as do other Tune Squad members, in the new entry – and there is one clever callback to the first film that’s absolutely hilarious.

But “A New Legacy” is also a forgettable one, amounting to a Shaquille O’Neal free throw plunking off the rim. Clocking in at two hours, it’s a slog, and an overlong Big Game doesn’t help. The Looney Tunes bunch gets a computer-generated “update” to make them look more real alongside humans, though their old ‘toon selves are a much better visual. And while it might be kind of a win if your kid suddenly wants to watch “Casablanca” after seeing Yosemite Sam show up in the classic film, good luck explaining who Pennywise and the “Clockwork Orange” Droogs are.

Sorry, LeBron. This “Jam” is ripe to be slammed.

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New Space Jam Vs. The Original: A Side-By-Side Comparison

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Here's how the new Space Jam stacks up to the original

Now, 25 years later, the long-dormant sequel is out, the Malcolm D. Lee-directed Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring the closest thing we have to a modern MJ: LeBron James. And this time, the kid’s-film canvas extends beyond the loopy slapstick of the Looney Tunes to the vast, all-encompassing breadth of WarnerMedia’s umbrella of franchises, from Game of Thrones to Hanna-Barbera and beyond.

It’s bad in many of the same ways as the first (and several new ones), making its own mistakes while attempting feebly to address the many shortcomings of its predecessor. But in what specific ways does it falter? And in what ways might it actually improve on the rock-bottom expectations of the first? Let’s lace up, hit the court, and find out.

The skeleton of a Space Jam film is so deceptively simple, it hardly needs to be adapted from the cocktail napkin on which it was first scribbled: Take a popular athlete, dump him in a world of branded characters (preferably American icons the Looney Tunes), and have them play basketball. It’s an innately cinematic sport (when done right — see Hoosiers and Coach Carter), and theoretically lends itself to the kind of slapstick antics the Tunes made their stock in trade.

Here’s the problem: with few exceptions, athletes can’t act. And in the case of Michael Jordan (bless his heart and his hops), he really can’t act. Much of the 1996 film sees him staring blankly at one tennis ball after another, mumbling one stilted line after another with little to bounce off beyond the court. In a lot of ways, I feel for the guy: this isn’t his bag, and so much of his appearance here feels obligatory, a contractual hurdle he has to climb in order to get the kind of payday he knows he needs to cash in on before his star fades.

Even absent many non-animated co-stars, MJ is barely a character in this: Space Jam ostensibly has him rediscover his love for basketball after quitting to try a baseball career — a move that so echoes real life that the story feels like a way to launder his eventual real-life return to basketball under more honorable circumstances — but shows us little about how Jordan feels about the situation.

In this respect, A New Legacy shows marginal improvement: LeBron is marginally more comfortable in front of the camera, as his sharp cameo in Trainwreck showed us a few years back. But he’s just as adrift as MJ here, perhaps even more so given the sheer volume of IP he has to swim through just to be seen. That’s partially a consequence of the screenplay (the Frankenstein’s monster of six writers) whittling down his persona into that of a stern, uptight dad who visits his own childhood dedication with focus and perfection onto his son (more on that later).

Sure, he gets more to do, and has slightly more of a twinkle in his eye, but both Space Jams let down their respective protagonists.

As with so many things about A New Legacy, the biggest problem with the sequel is its dedication to its own hollow pursuit of brand recognition. Where the first was content to simply mash together Popular Sports Star with Popular Kids’ Entertainment Franchise, Warner Bros. decided to essentially turn Space Jam: A New Legacy into a commercial for itself.

Space Jam, Original Recipe tosses Michael Jordan into the Looney Tunes-themed Tune Land for some simple, straightforward contrast between the reality-warping buffoonery of cartoon animals and the straight-laced human ability of one Air Jordan. It’s simple, and stupid, and still pretty corporate, but the mashup makes sense.

In A New Legacy, we move from Tuneland to the whole of Warner Bros. extended franchise collection thanks to the “Serververse,” the company’s repository of digitally-stored characters and properties, all living out Matrix/Ready Player One-like lives on their respective “worlds.” And while the core of the film is still Baller + Tunes, A New Legacy eats up a heaping helping of screen time with LeBron and Bugs zapping around the Serververse, going from world to world to collect all the various Tunes who’ve spread themselves out among the company’s vast portfolio.

Admittedly, this montage is the most dopamine-producing segment of the two-hour monstrosity; try not to guffaw when you realize that, yes, we’re going to rescue the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote from Mad Max Fury Road, of all things. But that feeling of “hey, I recognize that!” quickly gives way to confusion and exhaustion, especially by the time the actual game rolls around and the stands are packed with a murderer’s row of Warner characters both popular and obscure.

With so much IP-laden baggage thrown at you for the sequel, A New Legacy ends up simply exhausting you, deadening your eyes as you realize you’re merely a puppet in a different kind of game, one Warner Bros. is playing on your soul and your kids’ sense of imagination.

Much like Ready Player One before it, Space Jam: A New Legacy is simply committed to stretching the confines of brand synergy as far as it will go. It’s not a story about LeBron James learning how to listen to his son and lighten up a little, or of Bugs Bunny realizing he’s pushed away the only friends he’ll ever have. It’s the story of a company trying to see what it can get away with, hoping to rest its fortunes on the endorphin hit of surface-level recognition that will light up Twitter threads and breathless YouTube reaction videos.

Suddenly, going back to the original 1996 Space Jam feels downright quaint, its premise deceptively simple and delightful. That film, for all its capitalistic origins, at least occasionally pretends to be about Michael Jordan’s career aspirations (and the flood of people who surround him, human and toon alike, who yearn for any kind of proximity to his light). And when it’s not about that, it at least throws in an endearingly strange subplot about fellow players Charles Barkley, Muggsy Bogues, Patrick Ewing, Shawn Bradley, and Larry Johnson wandering aimlessly in the wake of having their basketball talents stolen by evil aliens.

No one understands the assignment in A New Legacy like Bill Murray in the first one, sauntering onto the movie like an agent of chaos because (as he openly admits) he’s friends with producer Ivan Reitman. There, the best we can hope for is Don Cheadle, smiling gamely through his role as an overbaked, underwritten algorithm (named Al G. Rhythm, natch) who sets the plot in motion for ill-defined reasons.

Let’s face it: today’s kids don’t want Space Jam: A New Legacy — they didn’t grow up with the Looney Tunes in general, much less the first film. No, like many a kid-oriented studio film these days, this one’s aimed squarely at credulous parents who saw the first Space Jam when they were a kid and are eager to show it to their own children. This way, they can at least coast on their own nostalgia while their brats stay quiet for an extended period of time. (That’s the only reason I can grok for A New Legacy‘s punishing two-hour runtime.) After all, I highly doubt that kids are going to point and grin in recognition at the droogs from A Clockwork Orange or the horny nuns from Ken Russell’s The Devils. Those colors don’t run.

It’s honestly difficult to pick apart the differences between each Space Jam — budget and scope excepted, they’re very much the same film with the same structure and the same perverse appeal. But in flying (or rather, believing you can fly) too close to the sun with its overstuffed sequel, Warner Bros. managed to do the impossible: make the first Space Jam feel downright simple, quaint, and comparatively appealing.

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Nearly 25 years after the original "Space Jam" debuted, a sequel is finally arriving in theaters and on HBO Max. The new movie, titled "Space Jam: A New Legacy," premieres on July 16.  You can stream it for one month at no extra cost with HBO Max's ad-free plan ($15/month).

The original movie starred basketball legend Michael Jordan, but the sequel features current NBA icon LeBron James as its new lead. In "Space Jam: A New Legacy," James teams up with Warner Bros' Looney Tunes characters for a basketball game against a group of digitized stars nicknamed the Goon Squad. The fate of James' son, played by actor Cedric Joe, and the Looney Tunes themselves, will be decided by the outcome of the game.

Much like the original "Space Jam," the Goon Squad characters are inspired by real NBA and WNBA players, including Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Diana Taurasi, and Nneka Ogwumike. "Space Jam: A New Legacy" also stars Don Cheadle, Khris Davis, and Sonequa Martin-Green. 

"Space Jam: A New Legacy" will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max on July 16. To watch the movie at home, you'll need the ad-free HBO Max plan. "Space Jam: A New Legacy" will be available to stream until August 17. 

The HBO Max ad-free plan costs $15 a month for on-demand access to thousands of movies and TV shows. A cheaper, ad-supported plan is available for $10 a month, but it doesn't include Warner's theatrical releases.

You can watch HBO Max using the dedicated app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV , Apple devices, Android, Xbox, PlayStation, Chromecast , and most smart TVs. You can also visit HBOMax.com to stream via your computer browser.

"Space Jam: A New Legacy" will be available to stream in 4K with support for Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and HDR10 formats on compatible devices.

Warner Bros. will continue to bring its new theatrical releases to HBO Max throughout 2021. "The Suicide Squad" will arrive on August 6 while "The Many Saints of Newark," a prequel film to HBO's "The Sopranos," will be released on October 1. "Malignant," a new horror movie by "The Conjuring" producer James Wan, is due out in September.

The service is also home to several original series, including a brand-new reboot of "Gossip Girl."

You can find more details on HBO Max in our full HBO Max guide and our HBO Max review.

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