‘Space Jam’ director tones down ‘very sexualized’ Lola Bunny to make her ‘strong’
Lola Bunny has a new look in the upcoming “Space Jam” film.
The classic character, most recognized in the original “Space Jam” movie with Michael Jordan, will be returning in the second version of the film with LeBron James. The new version, titled “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” is not a sequel to the original, but does feature all of the characters.
But Lola Bunny has undergone some changes in her appearance because of decisions made by the film’s director, Malcolm D. Lee.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Lee said he was caught off guard by the “very sexualized” depiction of Lola Bunny. So he and the crew behind the film decided to “rework” her appearance.
“This is 2021,” Lee said. “It’s important to reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters.”
The change sparked a debate on Twitter, and caused Lola Bunny to become a trending topic. Many felt the move wasn’t really needed.
I don’t care that Lola Bunny is dressed less sexy in Space Jam 2 but I am unbelievably exhausted by the idea that the way you communicate that a female character is to be taken seriously is by removing her boobs
— Lux “24/7 🧠” Alptraum (@LuxAlptraum) March 4, 2021
Space jam 2 scene:
LeBron James: hello Lola you do not make anyone horny. I respect you for basketball
Lola bunny: thank you
— Rajat Suresh (@rajat_suresh) March 4, 2021
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” is set for release on July 16, 2021. It will be available to stream on HBO Max.