A sleek, black, spandex-clad figure stares back at you from a highlighted grey background. A stream of white light runs through the figure, which starts from the shoulder and extends to the arms and legs. The figure has an athletic build, highlighted by the black spandex costume. The figure is air borne, with a closed right fist and a circular disc in the left hand, and ready to unleash the disc on an enemy or obstacle.
A few months ago, the Internet was abuzz with rumors regarding the latest Tron: Legacy pictures released online. There were seven spanking new images released by the studio, featuring characters in black spandex costume; similar to the one mentioned above.
There was (and still is) active debate among members of movie and fan forums whether these images revealed the villain of the science fiction caper. Some of the members argued that these images were just production artwork and were released to create the mandatory buzz before the movie’s release. Others were convinced that there was something more to the images.
Tron: Legacy is the sequel to the highly successful and Academy Award nominated Tron, which was released in 1982. Tron is about a hacker, Kevin Flynn (essayed by Jeff Bridges), whose body is digitally broken down by an immensely powerful pirate software and exiled in a 3D, electronic-inspired cyberspace. The software is the dictator of this electronic universe. Flynn needs to defeat the pirate software in gladiatorial games and find a way back to the real world.
The sequel, Tron: Legacy is about Sam Flynn (essayed by Garrett Hedlund), son of Kevin Flynn, trying to rescue his father who has been living in the electronic universe for the past 25 years. This time the cyber-universe is more advanced and more dangerous. It is not just a game anymore.
The idea for the series came to its creator, Steven Lisberger, when he saw the video game, Pong. He was fascinated by it and was inspired to make a film that incorporated video games. After presenting the idea to major Hollywood studios, Disney picked the idea up. The rest, as they say, is history.
Coming back to the images and the debate, there has been no comment forthcoming from either the studio, or the creators. They would probably be enjoying the entire buzz created by the images.
The trailer and other viral videos for Tron: Legacy seem to settle the debate regarding the images to a certain extent. If you wish to know the answer, check out the trailer; I am sure you wouldn’t be disappointed.