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.
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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