Change: Embrace it.

By Karan Dholakia

Recently, the online community was treated to the official trailer for the upcoming reboot for RoboCop.

Again, this was met by a mixed response. Understandably so. Let's take a look at this trailer.


All over my Facebook feed all I could see was something along the lines of "WTF is this shit!?" First off, the film hasn't even RELEASED yet, and people already have gripes with it? Come on.

This kinda relates to the Affleck as Batman post I did not long ago. People are gonna hate on something at first glance; even before it's released.

To this I say, STOP. Embrace it. Embrace the change.

Let's look at history.

The Amazing Spider-Man. Many thought it was too soon for a Spider-Man reboot, myself included, but Andrew Garfield's charm and incredible performance as Spidey blew me away. Sure, there were a select few who still didn't appreciate the translation of our Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man, and that's fair enough, everyone has a right to an opinion, of course. But opinions should really come into play once the individual has something to judge, no?

Back to RoboCop.

Look at the trailer again. Just watch. Now, let's forget for the moment that growing up, for many of us RoboCop was many of our idols. He was the freaking MAN. Well, kind of. The point I'm trying to make here is if we went into this thinking that this is a standalone entry into the RoboCop universe, then it might be more digestible.

Think of it as a sequel. Don't think of it as a replacement, because reboots hardly ever REPLACE the originals. Merely overshadow, in some cases.

Some examples:

  • The Incredible Hulk over Ang Lee's 2003 'Hulk'. The Incredible Hulk was a fantastic response to Ang Lee's entry, which was more of a story rather than an all out slugfest.
  • Man of Steel over the 'Superman' franchise. Snyder's recent awesomefest is a reboot of the franchise, but at the same time respects what came before it. It doesn't step all over it's predecessors, but instead gives subtle nods to the past. Again, not a replacement, but more of an extension of the lore.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man over Raimi's well-done franchise. Though towards the end Raimi's Spider-Man took a huge nose dive into Sandman's ass crack, the first two were splendid pieces of film which served as almost a benchmark for those that followed. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="384"] THAT face.[/caption] The Amazing Spider-Man, much like Man of Steel, still respected it's roots, and didn't completely make us forget about Sam Raimi's webhead extravaganza. No one can forget this face.

The point is, don't completely shit over a piece of work you haven't seen. Everyone's done it; hell, I've even done it. It's just a case a waiting it out and seeing what the end result is.


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Karan Dholakia

Films, comic books, video games, wrestling, writing, and a helluva load of other stuff are my interests. I write, watch films, and write some more. Also, Movieville is my child.