Robocop version 2.0

Courtesy of Atomic Yeti, I bring you leaked pics of the updated Robocop suit from the upcoming reboot side by side with the original:

Is it just me, or does it look like they just took off all the chrome parts of the old design and left him in his undersuit? I swear, lines and black leather are the new trunks and spandex when it comes super-hero designs. This may officially be the moment this modern take jumps the shark. The entire Justice League redesign, the Batman movie costumes, all you see are little armor lines everywhere over monochrome. It’s done, people. Look, I’ll prove it:

The whole point of the super hero genre is that its characters are iconic. That’s why they have giant logos on their chests and dress in primary colors, they’re supposed to stand out light bright shining beacons on the hill, inspiring us lesser mortals with their heroism and grandeur. Now they just look like the people the local S.W.A.T. team kicked out for being too weird, interchangeable, generic, faceless urban assault warriors in standard issue Kevlar.

But then, I’m a grumpy old man. What do you all think?

54 Responses to Robocop version 2.0

  1. I dont know Jeff I rather like the new outfit. Considering the current economy Robocop wouldnt have as shiny a body. They would give him more of a practical body rather than a shiny appealing armor. Of course thats my opinion

  2. DC-Lover:
    I dont know Jeff I rather like the new outfit. Considering the current economy Robocop wouldnt have as shiny a body. They would give him more of a practical body rather than a shiny appealing armor. Of course thats my opinion

    But it’s just a guy in black Kevlar. How is this any different than a regular cop with a motorcycle helmet? What’s “Robo” about it?

  3. Isn’t that the Iron Man armor without the paint job? Seriously, it look like Tony built himself a “Scenic Vista” suit and Jarvis just finished applying the matte primer coat.

  4. Mark:
    Isn’t that the Iron Man armor without the paint job? Seriously, it look like Tony built himself a “Scenic Vista” suit and Jarvis just finished applying the matte primer coat.

    Exactly! All of these movie super hero costumes are starting to look basically the same.

    Although ironically, Iron Man looks more Robo than this iteration, even though he’s just wearing a suit while allegedly Robocop is a legitimate cyborg.

  5. I like the shoulders better on the new one. The way they stick up on the old one always bothered me. But I do have to agree that the current Iron Man looks more robotic than this guy.

    In fact, in the old comics where he had a secret identity, didn’t a lot of people think Iron Man WAS a robot?

  6. I like the overall functionality aspects are better, but I also see your point with not having the silver. He looks like he can actually move in the new armour. I also like the new visor. I give it a B-, if it had some chrome on the outfit I could give it an A. May I say putting the Batman stuff on him I almost fell out of my chair!

  7. I think it looks very plain. Also, the original suit says ‘cyborg’ to me- the new one says ‘man in Batman’s armour’. I’m not too keen on the helmet, either.

  8. Meh. Especially for a cop, a little more blue and silver would have been welcome. Now, he looks like an army robot. Way to calm the populace!

  9. I agree. They tried to make the new version to sleak. The old version was a slow, unstoppable, heavy tank. The new looks like he will be running and have a little more dexterity to him. And what’s with the human hand?? And his gun better be holstered “in” his thigh because that was the coolest part to Robocop in the old flick.

    Check out this classic shoot out. Sorry alittle swearing in the clip. Couldn’t find a censored version.

  10. The Atomic Punk

    The bigger question is why are they re-making Robocop?

  11. The Atomic Punk:
    The bigger question is why are they re-making Robocop?

    Amen. Although we live in a world where “Battleship” actually happened, so anything is possible.

  12. Gabe Puratekuta

    Funny, I saw a picture of Robocop 3 where he was also Batman earlier today

  13. I netflix’d the classic Robocop movies over the summer (William Hurt! WOO!) and this… will not do. I’m hoping this is an early version where we find he’s inadequate and the chrome armor plates get added later. I agree with everyone else, the new Iron Man looks more robotic. This is just dude in black.

  14. Watson Bradshaw

    the new one just screams guy in a rubber suit! I know that the old one was as well, but a little gun metal gray paint on the new one would make a huge difference. The old one looked more machine like, with bolts holding him together, separation between that awesome chest plate and banded midsection, and pistons where his biceps would be, the new one looks like a GIJOE Snake Eyes action figure. I will say, The helmet design is pretty cool on the new suit. But the whole thing really needs more color

  15. i think designers are getting tired of people complaining about their characters being “unrealistic.” That would explain why they all look like they’re wearing SWAT armor now, it looks like the practical and effective suits worn by real crime fighters. Personally i’ve never been a fan of overly realistic. Give me Nintendo’s cartoon-ish characters and games over Modern Warfare any day. Certain elements of realism can be nice (Nolan’s Batman is awesome) but characters need to have, well, character!

  16. Patriot_Missile

    That outfit will cause me to NOT support the movie, unless a trailer shows this is only PART of the full costume. Ah-nold wore less black for his iconic robotic character… Ugh… On that note, Hawkeye should’ve worn more purple.

  17. I will agree that this looks more like body armor then Bionic/robot, and it should be a bit bulkier then it is here. That being said I like the redesigned visor, and the mat black finish! The black makes him look more SWAT team then patrol officer.

    And your photo shop makes one damn fine looking Batman armor!

  18. The Atomic Punk:
    The bigger question is why are they re-making Robocop?

    Probably for the same reason they decided to remake Total Recall, Hollywood is running out of fresh ideas!

  19. I don’t know. I was pretty much okay with this one, because for a cyborg police officer, it made sense. But then when you “Batmanned” the picture, I saw where you were coming from Jeff. It has become too generic. At the very least, they should break it up and stick an ICP Detroit Police badge on there.

    And AMS is right, if Robocop doesn’t pull his gun out from a holster inside his thigh, then this isn’t a Robocop I can believe in.

  20. The Atomic Punk:
    The bigger question is why are they re-making Robocop?

    Because Hollywood hates good things.

  21. Maybe he rolls up like a rollie pollie and rolls after the bad guys, like the big droids from Star Wars. For a cyborg you have to add more and build out, there is still a person in there.

  22. Kinda has a Borg style to it without all the implants.

  23. I don’t like it. It looks too much like he’s wearing some kind of armored suit, rather than that he’s part-robot. It just doesn’t say “cyborg” to me. Also, Judge Dredd called, he wants his helmet back…

  24. Ugh, it looks like every other power armor-wearing character you see nowadays. Only minus any color, which actually makes it look worse. :-

  25. Is it just me or does that suit make him look like a Final Fantasy Dark Knight with a helmet borrowed from Daft Punk?

  26. Quark:
    Is it just me or does that suit make him look like a Final Fantasy Dark Knight with a helmet borrowed from Daft Punk?

    Now that you mention it….

  27. The Atomic Punk

    Kaldath: Probably for the same reason they decided to remake Total Recall, Hollywood is running out of fresh ideas!

    Oh, don’t get me started on that Total Recall. Man… to have those 120 minutes of my life back…

    I love Robocop. And Peter Weller is an amazing and entertaining historian!

    Sad to say, it reminds me of high school days. Everything was retro-1960s. If you’re old enough, you’ll remember when MTV was re-running “The Monkees” in prime time. For that matter, when MTV used to play videos!

    Now everything is retro-1980s. Except they are doing it wrong! So very very wrong. I dub the “re-makes” of “Total Recall” and “Robocop” as “Gen-Xplotation” films. A pox on them all.

  28. ProwlerKnight

    It’s simple really, hollywood is updating the classics (some would say ruin, others might not, all depends) to grab the attention of the a newer, younger population. Basically kids now are all about action and explosions and slick-looking outfits with high-def CGI and lots of violence, and its because a persons attention span now-a-days is soo short, they would get bored before they finish the movie unless they pump it full of intensity and cut out everything else.

    I for one won’t judge until I see the movie myself, and I personally enjoyed the new Total Recall AND Judge Dredd (though they will never match up to the Arnold and Sly originals) But I am cursed with odd tastes, I was raised on Classics but am apart of the newer Generation (I’m only 20 years old), so I can understand why they “butcher” these films and revamp them. Sometimes the remakes are better and sometimes they are horrible (-cough- godzilla -cough-) but in all its a two-sided coin, on one side the younger generation like myself can enjoy the action and intensity of the newer remakes, and it can remind the ones who love the classic version (like myself) wether its in a good or bad way, you’ll still remember the classics.

    All in all the hollywood big shots are simply trying to bring a classic film to a younger generation with much different tastes. Plus it’s not like the originals aren’t still out there, heck, before I go see a remake of a film I watch the original first.

    Now in my opinion no Remake has ever outshined the classics, but they are awesome in their own way.

    Also I agree that some silver would look much better then the plain black, and to pull the cyborg look i would put some wiring pattern probably around the neck and inbetween the segments where in the spaces between the armor plating. Also to top it off i would do what Myro suggested and put a badge on him somewhere.

  29. ProwlerKnight

    And that gun better come out of his leg and he better do the gun twirl like in the original!!!

  30. I actually like this, but just for Robocop. I think it works well as a police officer look. Honestly, I think that Robocop should be the only one with this look, rather than the other heroes they already designed like this. Granted he could use a little more color, but other than that I think he pulls it off. I do agree that the look is being over used, I just wish that he was the first and only one to get that design, because it really does scream bad ass SWAT soldier.

  31. I guess I am the only one here who likes almost all superhero outfits, even the ones coghed up by monsieur Liefield. So, for me this new super-fashion with monotone and lines is pretty cool. But I was always weird, so never mind.

  32. mm! If he’s a cyborg, and the plot rewrite hasn’t gone far afield, I happen to think those ‘muscles’ showing in the armor should be simplified by shape so that the message to the movie viewer is still: He LOOKS human to calm victims and not worry criminals. Badge would help. Ports and panels would too. But that’s the worry for me–too human.

    As for Hollywood, no one should forget that capitalism has leaned on it for too long. No businessman wants an even BIGGER risk with his money. Original ideas are, unfortunately, a risk.

  33. When movies and costumes are made by committtee, they all end up the same. No doubt the Wholeyweird buttlickers will gut the corporate bad-guy angle and make him a volunteer instead of a victim, with benevolent government oversight and Arabic terrorist villains. As for the costume, I WOULDN’T buy that for a dollar!

  34. I agree with Jeff, all these outfits are looking alot alike. I would like to see the new Justice League outfits to make my final decision but Hollywood should find a happy medium between old/new and those who have armor have it and those who don’t don’t but dont make them look all alike like Robo cop, Batman, and Iron-man.

  35. According to Bleeding Cool there are going to be several “suits” in this film. The first is going to look like the old armor but theres a scene where the executives hate suit saying “he looks like a toy from the 80’s.” He is also going to have a transforming suit… and did someone up there say they liked the Stallone Judge Dredd movie? oh jeezz….

  36. Patriot_Missile

    The Atomic Punk: P>Now everything is retro-1980s. Except they are doing it wrong! So very very wrong. I dub the “re-makes” of “Total Recall” and “Robocop” as “Gen-Xplotation” films. A pox on them all.

    “Gen-Xploitation”..! (Atomic_Punk, genius) Is that what’s going on at Hot Topic? Is this where the Department of Culture is gleaning it’s ideas from? Bastiches! They’ve been talking to Rob Liefeld, dammit! Conspiracy! D:<

  37. Quark: Is it just me or does that suit make him look like a Final Fantasy Dark Knight with a helmet borrowed from Daft Punk?

    LMAO this is probably the only time you will ever be able to use a Daft Punk refrence.

  38. It’s simple, really; you guys are really getting your bloomers in a bunch. Iron Man’s armor in the 2008 film looked like a matte, plastic suit during filming because it was easier for Robert Downey Jr. to move around in it. They added chrome paint and CGI later. The same could be applied here. I mean, these aren’t actual movie screenshots, so I can safely assume that the new Robocop suit is just a stunt-suit and will be repainted later.

  39. Jack: The same could be applied here. I mean, these aren’t actual movie screenshots,

    I didn’t apply my usual caveat about pre-release movie stills here but I assumed it was generally understood — until you see a costume like this in the context of the actual moving film, all speculation is highly contingent. Something that looks one way in a single frame can be completely different in motion and after special effects are added.

    But the general point of the article isn’t so much “This suit sucks”, it’s that all super-hero costumes have started to look fundamentally the same — segmented leather or Kevlar pieces with the edges showing. Usually in black or gray. It’s the new spandex and underwear and it’s getting old.

  40. COSTUME REDESIGN FAIL! He just looks like Batman & Judge Dredd had a kid! You totally called it right, Jeff! When I see things like this, I really start getting sick & tired of reboots/remakes/reimaginings, whatever you wanna call it.

  41. I like the old version much more. The new version looks like a guy wearing a suit more than a cyborg. I especially dislike the new helmet.

  42. I was right! According to the link below, where script details were leaked, our hero will be fighting Al Queda and be redisgned by an ON-SCREEN committee!

    http://screenrant.com/robocop-2013-script-details-review/

    I DIDN’T predict that he was going to become a Transformer, but it seems obvious in retrospect!

  43. I kinda like the new look but the old movies are iconic. The outfit does need a little more something if they are gonna put Robocop on the title ya know. Hey Jeff what you say we do one of these on the upcoming Dread movie. I actually think that one may be worth watching. I know there are a lot of Stallone haters out there but I liked him and there are a lot of things I spotted in the new one that made me think of him. Thoughts?

  44. Jeff Hebert: But it’s just a guy in black Kevlar. How is this any different than a regular cop with a motorcycle helmet? What’s “Robo” about it?

    The hardware inside the outer shell?

  45. C.Brady: The hardware inside the outer shell?

    The topic is “costume design”, not “guts design” :-)

  46. TOOL: http://www.scifi-universe.com/upload/actualites/2012/design_robocop2013.jpglook at this pic I found

    I think the first pic is actually futuristic riot gear and this pic is actually Robocop’s real suit. If that’s the case I am more optemistic over this than I was earlier.

  47. punkjay: I think the first pic is actually futuristic riot gear and this pic is actually Robocop’s real suit. If that’s the case I am more optemistic over this than I was earlier.

    I would bet that’s a fan design and not something from the actual film.

  48. I..am also a grumpy old man. I don’t like this trend either Jeff…Its onething for punisher to look SWAT’ed out. Hell its even okay for Batman…BUT WHY does the ENTIRE Justice League have tech lines on thier suit. Every damn hero doesn’t need ‘battle armor’. Its cool when Wonder Woman or Iron Man does it. Spiderman, Hulk, Plastic Man, Flash??????? NO NO NO….

  49. ProwlerKnight

    TOOL: I know there are a lot of Stallone haters out there but I liked him and there are a lot of things I spotted in the new one that made me think of him. Thoughts?

    Honestly Urban played it pretty close to the Stallone Dredd, the whole scowl he did through the whole movie, easily judging people right or wrong, no gray areas, I mean if they put the two in the same movie together it would be like two twins coming together in a weird reunion.

    And yes I liked the Stallone Dredd, yes it looked cheap and corny but when you try and make comic book movies back when CGI was practical in its infant years and studio equipment wasnt as advanced as it is today, you’re going to get that effect on films.

    Last if they make Robocop look like the picture TOOL put up he’s gonna go from cop to Transforming Assassin, he looks like they took parts from a car and fabricated them into a suit, but in all honesty looks better then the matte black.

  50. ProwlerKnight

    Ok somebody had the same idea apparently:

    http://p.twimg.com/A3D6EIJCMAAHa3h.jpg

    Now I like this color-scheme, its the old-fashion with a modern, more sleek frame, no jutted out shoulders and solid black. Definitly would improve the film ALOT.

  51. ProwlerKnight

    Jeff Hebert: The topic is “costume design”, not “guts design”

    Awww but you know secretly you are hoping like all of us this new remake has this outfit getting hit with an RPG and all the little robot wiring goes flying everywhere XD

  52. for me personally i would have loved for some silver, but not overpowering.

  53. Jeff Hebert: I would bet that’s a fan design and not something from the actual film.

    Maybe it’s concept art? It looks way too good to be just fan art.