Given what we’ve already seen from the set, and of the script, Joe Padilha’s RoboCop remake is going to be a totally different animal from Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 classic. That’s to be expected, but here’s one more specific disparity. In the original, RoboCop cruises around the downtrodden Detroit in a standard cop car. Apparently his “main vehicle of choice” in this version will be this sweet new motorcycle.
Comic Book Movie has some behind-the-scenes photographs RoboCop’s new mode of transportation. You can’t help but wonder if this preference is a holdover from when RoboCop was just a dude named Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), like it is one of those personality traits that carries over into his new incarnation.
Much like the new RoboCop suit, this design of this bike is generically futuristic. All you can really say about it, for good or ill, is that it’s bland. I guess it isn’t supposed to be that far in the future, and you don’t want a vehicle to take up too much of the audience’s attention, but this is just another case of everything about this reboot coming across as meh.
RoboCop is set in the year 2028, where multinational conglomerate OmniCorp rules over much of the world with a robotic iron fist. Predominantly involved in the manufacture of drones for combat, they’re looking to get into the homeland law-enforcement business. When a gang of bad guys blasts a beat cop all to hell, OmniCorp rebuilds him as an ass-kicking new member of the police force.
RoboCop also stars Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Michael Kenneth Williams, Abbie Cornish, Jennifer Ehle, and Jay Baruchel, and is slated to open on August 9, 2013.