‘Alita: Battle Angel’ trailer expands cyborg action with story notes

“Alita: Battle Angel” will be released in December 2018. (AFP Relaxnews pic)

LOS ANGELES: A second trailer for CGI action movie and comic book adaptation “Alita: Battle Angel” fleshes out some context around the cyborg heroine with unusually large eyes.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez of four “Spy Kids” movies as well as the stylish “Sin City,” December 2018’s “Alita: Battle Angel” features a cast of human protagonists alongside a CGI lead character, amnesiac cyborg Alita.

Having broken cover a year before release with a first trailer shown in December 2017, “Alita” drew attention not only for its cyberpunk anime adaptation so soon after “Ghost in the Shell,” but also the main character’s noticeably oversized eyes.

Her cybernetic head and shoulders transplanted onto a new robot body, Alita (Rosa Salazar of “American Horror Story” and “Maze Runner”) indeed looks like an innocent, harmless doll come to life.

But Yukito Kishiro’s 1990s comic book series, “Battle Angel Alita” and the animated series that followed have her snapping that stereotype into a thousand pieces once she starts learning who she really is and what she is now capable of.

Questions remain over how closely “Alita: Battle Angel” will stick to its source material – whether it homes in on Alita negotiating a more purposeful, more constructive path within a system designed to minimise her impact – until the movie arrives the week of December 21.

Starring Christoph Waltz, Ed Skrein, Michelle Rodriguez, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Eiza González, and Casper van Dien alongside Salazar, the “Alita: Battle Angel” script was co-written by Robert Rodriguez, “Altered Carbon” creator Laeta Kalogridis, and “Avatar” director James Cameron, with Cameron joined by “Titanic” and “Avatar” partner Jon Landau as a fellow producer.