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First Glimpse Of New Robocop
Joel Kinnaman suits up

17 September 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Coming Soon

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We try to avoid paparazzi shots round here as much as possible, but here and there someone with a long lens manages to snap something that's worthy of your attention. On this occasion, with shooting just underway in Toronto, we appear to have our first look at the new Robocop armour, as sported by Joel Kinnaman* in Jose Padilha's remakeboot.

Now, firstly, a word of caution. As ever with these unofficial grabs from set, it's not at all clear how far this represents what we'll eventually see on screen. There could be all manner of CG augmentations in store for this particular outfit. Or it could be some sort of prototype. At first we even wondered if it was actually even Robo: it crossed our minds that it was just a futuristic armour uniform for the ordinary cops in the Motor City precinct. But then we noticed the one exposed hand, which does kind of suggest that the other one has been cyborgified. If that's the case, it seems that the technicians, this time around, decided not to lose the arm.

Assuming that this does come close to the finished product, however, we're pleasantly surprised at how radical a departure it is from the past. The official first look at ED-209 from a while back, showed a distinct  - some might even say slavish - similarity to the Phil Tippett original. Matt black biker leathers however, seem a long way from Rob Bottin's iconic suit design. This one seems a bit Street Hawk and a bit Guyver (is this bio-booster armour?). It appears the visor lifts up too, so if that's an actual function, rather than just something for Kinnaman's comfort between shots, this Murphy can expose his face without unscrewing half his head.

Much still to be explained and revealed then, but on this evidence, would you buy the new suit for a dollar, or is it more a case of ROBO2013-SUX? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.

What we do know is that, alongside Kinnaman, Robocop features Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Early Haley and Abbie Cornish. It's out in the UK on August 9 next year.

*If that's him and not a stuntman.

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Short of a re-make of Irreversible staring Father Christmas instead of Monica Bellucci, I don't see how anyone could possibly do a better job of shitting all over my childhood.. More

Posted by ash333 at 17:28 on 24 September 2012 | Report This Post

Does it hurt, does it hurt?...
...I hope so - pain is there to teach us when we're doing something we shouldn't. As if there wasn't a large enough glut of substandard, pointless remakes in recent times (The Thing, Dawn of the Dead, Clash of the Titans - OK, maybe that last one's just my opinion), we're now subjected to this. I mean, guys, come on, if you were going to go and remake something, why not take the bits of the Robocop franchise that were actually toilet, like Robocop 2 or Robocop 3 for example? Now that would More

Posted by nostromo15 at 15:46 on 24 September 2012 | Report This Post

One thing I liked about the original Robocop suit was its originality, and I guess the fact it didn't look like generic superhero costume number #100. More

Posted by joe pineapples at 16:08 on 21 September 2012 | Report This Post

They missed the point...!
The original Robocop looked so much more machine than human ("lose the arm..") which made the whole narrative of Murphy's memories and emotions gradually taking a hold and overriding his programming more believable...whereas this new Robocop just looks like a police officer on patrol during a G20 riot....not sure its gonna work to the same affect??! Could be worse though...they could have gone for the R3 jet pack..... More

Posted by couchy76 at 13:20 on 19 September 2012 | Report This Post


Posted by ievolutionnorth at 10:05 on 19 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: This looks an awful lot like crappy G.I. Joe...
Saw these images over thr weekend when it first hit the web. To say I was disappointed is a massive understatement. The only thing I thought might be improved upon in the remake might have been the suit. I love the original and Weller in that really sold it. Here is some cool concept art that is INFINITELY better: ed.html?m=1 More

Posted by Workshed at 20:13 on 18 September 2012 | Report This Post

This looks an awful lot like crappy G.I. Joe...
I really hope that they enhance that thing via CGI just like in IRON MAN... More

Posted by kielerkai at 14:02 on 18 September 2012 | Report This Post

We can do pretty much what we want to him.......
Whats going on with his right hand. I thought we agreed on total body prosthesis? More

Posted by Morehumanthanhuman at 11:43 on 18 September 2012 | Report This Post

It just looks like one of those stereotype sci fi cop designs. It doesnt really look uniquewhere you can say "hey thats robocop" but who knows More

Posted by alf2010 at 10:51 on 18 September 2012 | Report This Post

it seems pretty popular nowadays to whine about stuff. I think the whinometer is about to explode on this one. spilled milk anyone? whether you like it or not, movies will be remade. some well done, some not so well done. there's no doubt that Robocop is a cheesy classic. quotables all over the show. BUT this is a remake. for this generation. would you prefer they remake it a la the Psycho remake from a few years back? shot for shot? na. with today's technological advances a big clunky silver gu More

Posted by a_man_and_his_monkey at 10:21 on 18 September 2012 | Report This Post

Fick right off
Basically you have destroyed the costume. Absolute embarrassment . Only hope is he gets up grades how it looks later in the movie More

Posted by seanftd at 09:53 on 18 September 2012 | Report This Post

Just stop.
I call to all film lovers around the globe to stand together and in one voice shout for a governing body that Monitors all requests to remake a film. Quality control so-to-speak.Robocop is a gem and needs no updating. Is the industry so lacking in creativity that new films and fresh storylines are hard to come by? rehashing great films is getting tiresome. If it aint broke don't fix it; just go build something new. When will we have enough? Will it be when we gaze upon a CGI Jaws? Ben Hur being More

Posted by Zegodog at 09:51 on 18 September 2012 | Report This Post

New Robocop suit
People are waaay overreacting. Condemning the film to suck after one image? I admit I'm not overly impressed by the look of the suit, but come on... And we also have to remember that this isn't an official image; it could well be something the filmmakers have done to purposely throw the media off target. Nolan's been known to do that many times. More

Posted by Whistler at 09:26 on 18 September 2012 | Report This Post

this is horrific I guess ONe Direction may as well write the theme tune More

Posted by rtleeson at 00:10 on 18 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Wow! Someone just lost their job!
Sweet. A Mass Effect movie! Oh, this is Robocop? Well, that's shit. Couldn't he, I dunno maybe have looked like say, a robot? Not so much a bad design, but a bad Robocop design. More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 23:07 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Wow! Someone just lost their job!
I'm not a big fan of rebooting classic films, but that will not stop film companies from doing so. However as has previously been said, film reboots get moaned at for either being too similar, or dissimilar, to the original. The main problem here is that they have strayed so far from the original suit that it is the equivalent of basing the new batsuit on squirrels rather than bats. More

Posted by marcus_fuller at 21:39 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Fick right off
Basically you have destroyed the costume. Absolute embarrassment . Only hope is he gets up grades how it looks later in the movie More

Posted by seanftd at 21:21 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Fick right off
Basically you have destroyed the costume. Absolute embarrassment . Only hope is he gets up grades how it looks later in the movie More

Posted by seanftd at 20:23 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Think it's been said already but this looks crap. Like a cheap batman/iron man combo. Where's the metal? Robo is made of metal!!! More

Posted by bdgr at 19:24 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Does not look like a robot
looks like a suit, and that is just idiotic. Robocop with its iconic main character, who does NOT look just like an armoured guy, is my most cherished movie (hate the other parts/TV-Series) and this reboot/remake looks awful, sorry. More

Posted by Roderich at 19:14 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Serve the Public trust
This suit fails to meet all of OCPs prime directives More

Posted by Mo_Aston at 18:58 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Trying to be different to the original is absolutely fine, so long as it looks good. This looks absolutely dire! The cool thing about the original suit, is that it was supposed to look intimidating to would-be criminals and it worked. If this thing came at a pair of muggers in a side alley, they'd think it was a Comic-con Nerd dressed in a Metal gear solid costume and shoot the crap out of it. Not to quote the Comic book guy from the Simpsons, but "WORST COSTUME, EVERRRRR!!!" More

Posted by tonyterry80 at 15:25 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Just watch Dredd 3D...
...coz it's fuckin brilliant. As for the suit in these pics, at least they're trying to look different and it'll prolly look better in the final film. The main thing they have to get right is the story, wit, and attitude, then the suit matters less. More

Posted by BatSpider at 13:53 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

To me it looks like a man in a rubber suit it doesn t look half as good as the original. This film will proberbly be yet another crap remake. More

Posted by Seth_Gecko at 13:21 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Oh no!
Potential Spoilers: Whats scary about this photo isn't the suit itself; its that concept art of the suit was leaked including a scene from the film where they are prototyping different kinds of suits....including the original suit where they claim it "looks like a guy from the 80's" and they "wouldn't buy that for a dollar!!". The writing in it is just terrible, truly fucking terrible. The film company came out and denied it all; said the concept art wasn't right and the scene didn More

Posted by waltham1979 at 13:09 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Oh no!
I have been dreading this remake from day one and unfortunately this just reaffirms my original concerns. This looks like a guy wearing a super hero suit and would be better placed in G.I Joe. I do hope this film ends up being good but this suit looks terrible. It had better be an 18 too! More

Posted by guysalisbury at 12:51 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Robocop or batman
Give him a cape and it could be the 2015 reboot of Batman !!! More

Posted by Gazzabrook at 12:28 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Reminds me of... More

Posted by DanielNothing at 12:22 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Problem with remakes is
everyone slags it off for being a remake, then moans when they try and make it different from the original. Word from the set is that for every 10 ideas Padilha has, he's only being allowed to implement 1 of them. However, if it turns out half as good as Elite Squad 2, it will still be worth watching. Anyone who hasn't seen that film, should get a copy immediately. More

Posted by jimizero1 at 11:18 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

not looking good is it.
i like the clunky design of the peter weller suit,it was less human than this. this thing looks like your friendly superhero to me. that's not to say i'm dissapointed as i was repelled by the idea of this remake to begin with so expectations are low anyway. if that film does can avoid boring me to tears it'll be a success. More

Posted by simjamlmx at 10:45 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Hopefully the rest of the suit might be added on in post production. If not this just looks SHIT!!! More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:33 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

I don't have the same rose tinted recollection of Robocop, i saw it when i was eight or nine, but years after it had been released. Because of this, I don't put it on the pedestal others have, which is why this new look doesn't outrage me, for many different reasons. First of all, this could be any number of things: maybe it's Robocop, maybe it's a prototype or even villainous second generation version, or just a sort of S.W.A.T armour. Secondly, if it is Robocop, then this could be just one ver More

Posted by clarkkent at 09:21 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

Looks awful. Really hope thats just a prototype or something, just resembles a grey iron man, real lack of imagination there in updating the iconic robo suit. More

Posted by attakdog at 09:15 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

The new Robocop suit looks just like a black version of what we have seen before in Halo, Iron Man, The dark Knight etc etc. The original 80's suit was pretty unique, (Which incidentally is one of my most favourite movies)! Not a fan of re-make / imagination so this has something to live up to, jury is out for me on this....... More

Posted by ginge9201 at 08:44 on 17 September 2012 | Report This Post

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