The director of the live action Alita: Battle Angel movie (which is being produced by James Cameron) has stepped up to talk about why it was decided the main heroine would have humongous Gollum eyes, an attribute that any anime enthusiast would say simply does not work in the 3D realm.
Robert Rodriguez spoke to Empire Magazine on the matter:
“It was always Jim’s intention to create a photo-realistic version of the manga eyes that we’re so accustomed to seeing.
We really wanted to honor that tradition and see that look standing next to any human character.
To have the right person to emote behind it was really essential. Her origins are in the film and you understand why she looks that way.
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, we have some pretty big windows. You can see a lot going on in there! When it gets to the emotional scenes it’s really uncanny and striking. And captivating!”
The movie can finally bomb at the box office on July 20th.