A new Ready Player One TV spot reveals Batman will be included in the movie. And he's going to climb Mount Everest. A large part of the promise when it comes to this movie is that literally, anything is possible. In this case, that extends to being able to climb the world's most perilous mountain with the Caped Crusader. This TV spot isn't lengthy, but it certainly helps sell the premise of Ready Player One to the masses.
The new Ready Player One spot features a few shots we've seen previously, but actually does give us quite a bit to chew on in a relatively short period of time. Lex Luthor, Kong, Chucky and Iron Giant all get name-drops, in addition to Batman in this new TV spot. Iron Giant has been featured prominently in the marketing campaign for the movie and is said to be a big part of the plot. Steven Spielberg wanted to avoid referencing his own movies as much as possible, so some pop culture references from the book were swapped out. But we're still getting the Jurassic Park T-Rex.
Ready Player One is based on Ernest Cline's novel of the same name, but it takes a lot of liberties with the source material. The movie takes place in the year 2045, where a massive wealth gap makes it so that the only escape for most people is a virtual reality simulation called the Oasis, created by James Halliday, who has recently died. Halliday left behind a final game for his millions of Oasis users, with the one who solves his series of pop-culture quests winning control of the Oasis and the company that runs it. The Oasis will be threatened if the corporate IOI organization takes it over. The company is trying desperately to win Halliday's game and find his final Easter egg. Wade Watts and some of this fellow treasure-seekers find themselves in a race with the rest of the world to protect it, uncovering clues in a game that will decide ownership of the Oasis.
One interesting thing to consider when comparing the book to the movie, in the case of Ready Player One, will be what pop culture characters appear. In the book, licensing wasn't really an issue as the characters didn't actually appear. All of the characters featured in this spot are owned by Warner Bros. So, we could see quite a few DC characters show up, but Marvel characters are going to be a different story. What Warner Bros. has the rights to will likely dictate much of what we end up seeing in the movie version, which could ultimately frustrate some fans who want it to stick more closely to the source material.
This marks a return to blockbuster filmmaking for Steven Spielberg, but can it blockbuster money at the box office? Warner Bros. invested a lot of money into Ready Player One, which arrives in theaters on March 30, but the movie is currently tracking for an opening weekend of just $35 million. That's probably not what they were hoping for, but tracking has proved to be a bit unreliable in recent years. Be sure to check out the new Ready Player One spot, courtesy of the Ready Player One Twitter account, for yourself below.