While Toronto is standing in for Detroit in director Jose Padilha’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi noir classic RoboCop, the production is importing some of the Motor City’s grittiness to the Great White North. In this specific case, this takes the form of a gaggle of picket-sign-wielding protestors. You’ll notice a similarity between the movie protestors and the Westboro Baptist Church followers; you know, the folks who do classy things like protest military funerals.
These photos come from University of Toronto scientist Ronnie Yip (click the link to his Google+ page to see these and many, many more). The scene they were filming is of the moment where RoboCop (Joel Kinnaman) is officially unveiled to the public, a move the protestors have apparently taken umbrage with. From the look of their signs, things are still tough all over, and they see robotic law enforcement as taking away valuable jobs from humans. After the cybernetic ass-kicking machine is revealed, some sort of hostage situation goes down, and this will likely be your first chance to see RoboCop in action.
There is quite a bit to gawk at in these photos.
Of course there are the protestors. It will be interesting to see if the religious angle plays a larger role in the film, or if this is just a one-off kind of thing.
These are also some of the best looks at RoboCop’s suit that we’ve seen thus far, and they show the costume in great detail. He still looks pretty generic, and I can’t help but think of Venom when I look at him.
You get a couple good views of the detail work on the back of the outfit…
…as well as a nice view of his gun, which apparently terrifies the extras.
Michael Keaton pops up for the first time as the head of OmniCorp. Just look at that smug, scheming bastard. You know he’s up to no good, plotting how to use RoboCop in some sort of global corporate takeover.
There are a handful of photos of a maskless RoboCop in what looks like the foyer of a bank, or office building. Perhaps this is part of the hostage situation. It’s unclear if this is part of the action in the movie, or if Kinnaman was on a break and took the mask off. I can’t imagine that helmet is all that comfortable.
Here’s Douglas Urbanski as the Mayor of Detroit, presumably introducing RoboCop, or some OmniCorp exes. He looks sleepy, and like he could be a member of the Belushi clan.
And finally, even RoboCop needs to catch up on his correspondence from time to time. Don’t want to ignore important texts and emails, those things tend to build up when you’re out fighting crime and saving the world.