Let’s be honest. We’re a little bit curious about the upcoming reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s cheesy 80s cult classic RoboCop. Dredd‘s early success with critics and at the box office proves that offbeat film remakes are not only possible; they can exceed the originals.
But part of a remake’s success depends on the look. So how does the new RoboCop look?
Luckily, RoboCop’s new look isn’t just a mild re-hash of the clunky constipation suit made famous in the original by actor Peter Weller. The new suit represents the rational aesthetic jump from, say, Adam West’s Batman costume from the 60s TV show to Michael Keaton’s black batsuit in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. Furthermore, the jump from that batsuit to Christian Bale’s practical plated armor in The Dark Knight.
I say all that to say, you couldn’t have possibly predicted what the new RoboCop suit would look like, and I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.
The new RoboCop takes place in the year 2028, and flexes familiar plot points from the original. Multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is the leader in robot technology. Robotic drones are used in military conflicts with much success, and the technology is in its early stages for domestic law enforcement application. Alex Murphy is an honest cop, loving husband and father, struggling to fight corruption in Detroit. After being mortally wounded in the field, OmniCorp robotically augments his body in order to save his life.
RoboCop, directed by Jose Padilha, stars Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy/RoboCop, and co-stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson. The film will see release on August 9, 2013.
Check out a photo of the new RoboCop suit below, courtesy of ComingSoon. Jog on over to see more shots of Joel Kinnaman in the revamped suit.
What do you think of the new RoboCop suit?