In Space Jam 2: 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.
Space Jam: A New Legacy in homes on HBO Max, Warner Bros. proves again that when they shell out on TV spots, they can open the film in movie theaters to a solid number. In this case, it was the best 3-day we've seen for a family film during the pandemic, with $31.65M.
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That's also the best for Warner Bros. during the Covid-19 era, beating Godzilla vs. Kong's big Easter opening of $31.625M by a smidge, and also a recording career opening for director Malcolm D. Lee, beating the opening weekend of his Girls Trip by $31.2M.
Space Jam: A New Legacy will be available to all HBO Max subscribers. HBO Max now has two different subscription tiers: standard and ad-supported. The standard HBO Max subscription costs $15 per month or $150 per year ($30 savings overall). The ads-supported subscription plan is only $10 per month or $100 per year ($20 savings overall).
HBO Max does not have a free trial, so you won't be able to subscribe to the service simply to watch Space Jam: A New Legacy and then cancel before you're charged. You'll have to commit to at least one month of the service, but chances are it will cost you less than a ticket to see the film at your local theater.
How to watch Space Jam: A New Legacy on HBO Max
Space Jam: A New Legacy releases July 16 in theaters and on HBO Max. As part of HBO's release structure for Warner Bros. movies, Space Jam: A New Legacy will only be available to stream on the service until August 16, so make sure you watch it while you can.
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What's Space Jam: A New Legacy about?
Like its predecessor, Space Jam: A New Legacy sees an NBA superstar joining up with Looney Tunes characters to take on a group of villains in basketball. While the first movie featured Michael Jordan, A New Legacy stars LeBron James.
LeBron and his son Dom get trapped inside the Warner 3000, a virtual entertainment server ruled by a rogue AI played by Don Cheadle. In order to save him, LeBron and the Looney Tunes characters must take on the Goon Squad, super-powered digital avatars led by Cheadle's character.
People Loved The Space Jam: A New Legacy Cameos And References
The Space Jam sequel throws out cameo after cameo and reference after reference, and according to many of the movie's fans, they were big dunks to the enjoyment of it. One popular cameo that had them talking on social media was Rick and Morty's appearance in the film when they drop off the Tasmanian Devil:
One major one involved Michael B. Jordan appearing for a halftime bit that had audiences believing that the basketball Michael Jordan would come and join the Tune Squad. Given that the game took place inside the Warner Bros server, there was a lot to play with as far as references and cameos go. For a lot of people, it was delivered.
'Space Jam: A New Legacy' Review: LeBron James' Sequel Easily Dunks on the Original
Professional basketball players are a marvel seemingly created by an animator's pen: elongated arms, mountainous shoulders, whirlwind speed, and an ability to leap over defenders in a single bound.
One of those kids was 11-year-old LeBron James. Five years later, James would become the first high school basketball player to make the cover of Sports Illustrated. Like Jordan, James is the hoops star of his era - and in the spirit of intergenerational competition, has dared himself to make a superior sequel.
When James commits, he commits - and he's committed so seriously that when asked if he'd be repping the USA at this year's Olympics in Tokyo, he replied, 'No, I think I'm going to play for the Tune Squad this summer instead.'
What is the plot of Space Jam 2: A New Legacy?
In the modern-day version of Space, Jam LeBron struggles to relate to his son Dom, who prefers to create online games to play the real thing. When an AI G Rhythm, played by Don Cheadle, notices Dom's tech skills he sucks the father-son duo into the Warner 3000 entertainment 'Server-verse'. There he holds Dom hostage in order to steal LeBron's social media followers.
As in the original, it will come down to a basketball game to settle things. LeBron James must bring the Looney Tunes squad back together to defeat the Goon Squad.
Who are the characters?
The cartoon cast will be joined by a host of real-life basketball players, including:
Anthony Davis as The Brow
Damian Lillard as Chronos
Diana Taurasi As White Mamba
Klay Thompson As Wet-Fire
Nneka Ogwumike As Arachnneka