Everyone Is Human: Prosthetics in Alita: Battle Angel

Alec Frazier on prosthetics in Alita: Battle Angel

The new film Alita: Battle Angel is doing quite well at the box office, and many have praised its feminist ideals. However, the film is also quite a boon to the disabled community. It can be argued that it is a two-hour, $200 million treatise on prosthetics. During an interview with disability rights firm Autistic Reality at Lightstorm Entertainment in 2014, Alita co-producer Jon Landau came out with a novel position when asked about diversity in film. “We work on stuff creatively,” he says. “When you push something to the forefront, I think it has much less of an impact than when you play it in the background.” As such, the prosthetic agenda of Alita: Battle Angel does not come bluntly, but is instead an inbuilt part of the film.

In the world in which the film exists, a future community called Iron City,
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