This isn’t your momma’s RoboCop! It’s the RoboCop created in response to your momma’s incredulous, “Why would anyone hide such a handsome officer’s face!?”
In an interview with MTV, Joel Kinnaman–the man selected to be Detroit’s first cyborg police officer–recently gave some new insight into his starring role in the upcoming RoboCop, remake, speaking of being “super stoked” about being the next actor to put on RoboCop’s iconic visor. Then he revealed that he won’t actually be putting on that iconic visor.
Though extremely premature promo art for the new RoboCop pictured the protagonist in his usual helmet, the one that robbed his face of emotion like scientists robbed him of his humanity (metaphor!), apparently that’s not going to be the helmet anymore. According to Kinnaman, the visor is getting an all new design–one with eyes, at last allowing RoboCop to playfully wink, in case he ever wants to say “drop it” as a gag for a co-worker about to bite into a hoagie:
“It’s not going to be jaw action. They’re still working on the suit and how it’s going to look, but the visor is going to be see-through. You’re going to see his eyes.”
As you might expect, the rest of the film is also reportedly “going to be different.” For one thing: more science! Reportedly, Director José Padilha’s family background in science has led him to ask some new questions with his remake. Questions like, what if there’s your brain, right? But then there’s also sort of a brain in your arm or something? As Kinnaman described it:
“There’s a lot of neuroscience now raising the question, ‘Is all the intelligence in the human body in the brain?’ and they’re finding out that, no, it’s not like that. The body has intelligence itself, and we’re much more of an organic creature in that way. It’s not a control tower that does everything.”
Kinnaman went on to say his RoboCop will be “more human” and “more challenging,” striking a different tone than the Verhoeven original. At the same time, he still maintains it will have a “political satire to it too” and “a lot of stuff from the original.” So while it may be a new visor atop this dead franchise, if you look hard enough, you should still be able to see some broken pieces of the RoboCop you love beneath. And now you’ll know if it’s looking back at you, because–hey, there are his eyes!