Why ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Is More Valuable to Disney Than ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

As befits the new Feb. 13, 2019 domestic release date (Feb. 6 in the U.K.), this third trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel emphasizes the romance between Alita (Rosa Salazar) and Hugo (Keean Johnson) and doesn’t get all action-y until its third act. That sets it apart from the earlier and more frenetic sells. Once again, this looks pretty terrific, and in a less IP-obsessed or nostalgia-driven theatrical environment, this would be a surefire hit. But today, well, there’s a reason it got moved from Dec. 21, 2018 (where it would have been hammered by Aquaman, Bumblebee and Mary Poppins Returns) to Feb. 13 of next year.

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