The Bad Guy: Clarence Boddicker vs. Raymond Sellars
Are you fucking kidding me? Kurtwood Smith’s Clarence Boddicker is a corporate-sponsored maniac with the ability to get his hands on weapons that can easily put down entire buildings. With his protected stance and inability to not explode things, Boddicker would already be well ahead in this comparison, but he’s got a band of merry lunatics whose gun blasts are often overshadowed by their cackles. Entire armies would fear these guys.
Perhaps due to the PG-13 rating, Padilha & Co. didn’t bother with creating a ruthless contemporary for Boddicker and instead turned its villain focus on the untouchable man in control of OmniCorp, but Michael Keaton’s Sellars spends much of the film’s runtime as the guy trying to get things done. He doesn’t exactly stick to a set of ethical guidelines in getting RoboCop made and promoted, but all the audience gets to see is Sellars making decisions, rather than actually getting shit done. Jackie Earle Haley’s character is the guy who actually antagonizes RoboCop throughout the film, and most of his physical confrontations happen with machines.
The Winner: No shit, it’s Clarence Boddicker.
Don’t get me wrong, I really dig watching Keaton play the ego-driven bucket of slimy smarm, but Ronny Cox already played that guy in the original.