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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ready Player One is sure to be a pop culture extravaganza that fans will either love to death and roll their eyes at with every fiber of their beings. However, given the source material, it’s only fitting that there be countless loving homages present, and seeing as the film is at Warner Bros., it makes sense that most of them would be adapted to properties the studio owns.

Just look at the initial San Diego Comic-Con trailer, and it’s easy to make out countless references to properties like The Iron Giant, DC, and Willy Wonka. Additionally, some anime-savvy, eagle-eyed audience members noticed the motorcycle from Akira in that original trailer, and some even mistook it for the light bikes from Tron.

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It turns out that the motorcycle won’t just be a blink-and-it’s-gone cameo. One of the lead characters, Art3mis, will be the one to ride the bike.

Speaking with EW, actress Olivia Cooke discusses her character, who is Art3mis in OASIS (the virtual reality world that serves as an escape for 70 percent of the world’s population), and Samantha in the real world.

“Art3mis is something of a legend. She is known for being tough, fearless, and confident. I feel like Samantha is that as well. There’s really no differentiation. She prides herself on being true to the core.”

In the story, Art3mis acts as one of the countless avatars looking to solve the in-game scavenger hunt that will lead them to glory and riches. While the bike from Akira isn’t from the novel, given the character’s avatar’s badass nature, it’s definitely something that fits in with the in-story myth and legend of Art3mis.

Ready Player One hits theaters on March 30, 2018.

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SOURCE: EW

  • Broian

    The book was a lot of fun. For sure try to find the audio version read by Wil Wheaton. While the trailer gives me Goosebumps when the Delorean comes in nothing like that happens in the book. Only one of the three tasks has a battle where multiple people are involved and it wasn’t a race but a showdown with some famous giant mechs.

  • TheOct8pus

    Spielberg should just direct the Akira movie….

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.