‘Space Jam’: Zendaya is surprised by controversy over new look as Lola Bunny

“Lola [Bunny] was very sexualized,” director Malcolm D. Lee had actually informed Home entertainment Weekly of the character, back in March. “This is a kids’ movie, why is she in a crop top? It just felt unnecessary, but at the same time there’s a long history of that in cartoons. I understand people don’t want things to change, but I think we needed some evolution with her, not by objectifying her but by making her strong and still feminine.”
Of the make over Zendaya informed EW she didn’t understand it was going to be such a huge offer.

“I definitely know we love her, but I didn’t know it was going to be as much of a focus as it was,” she stated. “But I understand, because she’s a lovable character. She’s very important, so I get it.”

She included that she comprehends why individuals wished to maintain Lola’s appearance.

“She’s special to a lot of people and their childhoods and they’ve been able to grow up with her, so I get that sense of protection,” Zendaya stated.

“Space Jam: A New Legacy” opens July 16 in theaters and on HBO Max, which like CNN becomes part of WarnerMedia.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.