I think on some level they realized they were never going to duplicate the mix of post apocalyptic and ultra-detailed cyberpunk hellscape that is the comic’s setting, and going by the trailer at least they didn’t. I think the closest live action things I think of when I think of Battle Angel are like Hardware or Elysium (which was definitely a bit inspired by Battle Angel to begin with). Also a bit of a letdown considering how great the world-building in the comics is.
I don’t trust Rodriguez to make a good movie out of this but if they want to use the big eyes as a visual shorthand for how she embodies both a relatively vulnerable person that’s also sort of monstrous at times, like a stand in for how fucked up the entire comic’s setting is, I mean it could work when they have to compress all of that stuff into a two hour movie. I’m hoping that since Cameron has been talking about producing this for twenty years that some actual thought went into her design beyond “make her an anime.” The guy’s a huge blowhard though so it’s hard to be optimistic about that.
I love Christopher Waltz, but I was kind of surprised he was cast in this too and that they white-washed Ido in general (now Dyson Ido in the movie instead of Daisuke Ido, barf). They couldn’t get Paul Nakauchi or someone?
Like if you’re going to cast a white dude as Daisuke Ido and change his name to Dyson, at least put Kiefer Sutherland in the role since he looks so much like him Kishiro probably used his face in 1990 as a reference for the character.
I noticed they did get Vietnamese-American actress Lana Condor to play Koyomi. Though she doesn’t pop up in the comics til a bit later which makes me wonder if this will be like the Ghost in the Shell movie where it’s a “greatest hits” of iconic stuff from various Ghost in the Shell stories smushed together with the thematic context of those moments lost.
Still, UNlike Ghost in the Shell, Battle Angel is my favorite manga ever but I never found it distinctively, intrinsically Japanese like Ghost in the Shell. GitS’s first comics especially are stories where everything about the makeup of the setting and everything else is inextricably about Japan on multiple levels. Battle Angel was always a little more out there and arguably much more American specifically, a lot of it concerns bounty hunters in a saloon, splattery gore imagery very heavily inspired by RoboCop and The Terminator, etc.
That said, I’d love for this movie to actually be good but Robert Rodriguez…
I remember James Cameron talking about directing this in like 1997. There’s several homages to panels from the comic in his Dark Angel TV series. Though with how that series went it’s again hard to be optimistic.
I guess all of this leaves me in a place where I, guess I want to see another trailer for it or something? Right now it’s at “I’ll watch half of it on Amazon Prime in 2020.”
I will take back anything skeptical or bad I have said about this movie back if they somehow work in the opening to one of the comic volumes where it just inexplicably cold opens with her playing a solo on a keytar for like three pages.