The James Cameron-produced, Robert Rodriguez-directed live-action “Alita: Battle Angel” adaptation was hit by a wave of bad feedback when its initial trailer launched.
The story follows a female android warrior, played by Rosa Salazar, who has giant eyes several times the size of regular humans. Those eyes were decidedly disturbing in the first trailer but subsequent previews saw some improvements and a more natural look.
At a recent Q&A, Rodriguez explained how they mostly fixed the eye problem – rather than making them smaller, they made a part of them bigger. Specifically, the irises and pupil were expanded by up to 30% so the look was less cartoonish and more in proportion and realistic – much more akin to human eyes.
Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and more co-star in the film which arrives on February 14th.