For many, Sunday's Super Bowl is really just a delivery mechanism for commercials. For movie fans, this means commercials for some of the biggest movies of the year. But you don't need to wait until Sunday to see them all. The Super Bowl spot for Ghost in the Shell is available now and it certainly looks like something that might grab attention this weekend. Check it out.
If putting Scarlett Johansson on TV screens around the world looking nearly naked isn't going to make people pay attention, nothing will. From that moment, which is also incredibly iconic to those that are familiar with the original Ghost in the Shell anime, we get Johansson kicking ass and taking names. Much of the audience might not necessarily know the name of this movie, but we're guessing many will want to know more after seeing this.
It's only a brief spot, Super Bowl airtime is expensive after all, so the ad spot doesn't have the time to show us a lot. However, we do see that iconic moment of our lead character falling off the top of a building, while she is essentially naked. In the TV safe version of the same scene, the character is clearly a cyborg, as her skin is broken up into clear plates. From there we're given a lot of the film's impressive imagery. While we can't know yet just how good the movie will be, the filmmakers have clearly done their part to try to bring the anime and manga to life in a live-action film.
Ghost in the Shell has been one of the more controversial topics in Hollywood over the last several months following the announcement that Scarlett Johansson would be playing the lead in the live-action version of the Japanese anime. Since this version of the story still takes place in Japan, it would have seemed fitting to cast somebody who was actually Japanese or at the very least, Asian.
While the look of the new Ghost in the Shell is probably still all wrong to a lot of fans when it comes to the lead actress, there's no denying that everything else that we've seen is looking right for those who want to see Ghost in the Shell brought to life on screen. We'll be keeping our eyes on this one to see what final result is when the film hits screens March 31.