Last weekend saw the reveal of several huge trailers, one of which is for Alita: Battle Angel produced by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The main character Alita has some strikingly large anime eyes, and Rodriguez talks about his choice to have her designed that way in the movie.
Talking to Empire, Rodriguez explains:
"It was always [James Cameron's] intention to create a photo-realistic version of the manga eyes that we're so accustomed to seeing. We really wanted to honour that tradition and see that look standing next to any human character. To have the right person to emote behind it was really essential. Her origins are in the film and you understand why she looks that way. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, we have some pretty big windows. You can see a lot going on in there! When it gets to the emotional scenes it's really uncanny and striking. And captivating!"
Though some may think that Rodriguez's work is an acquired taste, he did do a very good representation of Frank Miller's Sin City. I'm excited for what he can do to a movie based on Japanese manga.
Seeing that another anime adaptation, Ghost in the Shell, was received so poorly when it came out earlier this year, I'm wondering just how many people are going to complain that Alita is not being played by an Asian actor.
Alita: Battle Angel is set to come out July 20, 2018.