Dec 9 2010 5:36pm

Hugh Jackman and Robot Boxing: Real Steel Trailer

Hugh Jackman has one of the more interesting careers going: comic-book hero/song-and-dance man is a unique (and awesome) job title, which fails even to take into account his solid work in pictures like Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige. But when, you ask, will he realize his true destiny: training robots how to box? Since you asked, I’ll tell you—next October 7th. Observe Real Steel:

So it’s the future. Boxing’s been taken over by robots, and so boxer Hugh Jackman has to train a robot champion. As one does. The movie is based on the short story “Steel” by Tor Books’s own frequently-adapted Richard Matheson, though one imagines some liberties have been taken (especially considering that this movie is being directed by Night at the Museum’s Shawn Levy).

But let’s forget about Shawn Levy, or at the very least grant that he might, theoretically, have a good picture or two in him. Hugh Jackman is going to be in a movie about robot boxing. That’s really all we need to know, and a high concept this brilliant virtually guarantees that even if the movie’s bad, you’ll still be saying to yourself “I’m watching a Hugh Jackman movie about robot boxing” and giggling. There is room in the cinema for such a movie. Ample room.

Danny Bowes is a playwright, filmmaker and blogger. He is also a contributor to and

1. Archergal
Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots FTW.
Christopher Turkel
2. Applekey
Somebody liked those creepy robots from Fox NFL Sunday enough to make a movie about them.
William Uniac
3. Billiac
Wait, you're saying Wolverine is going to be in a movie about robot boxers?? The only downside I can see is having to wait so long to see it!! (Ignoring the almost certainly weak script, flat characters and ludicrous plotline, of course.)
Sean McGuire
4. Exorian
I think they were filming this in a part of Detroit near where I live; there was this really stupid ad for "Wafflebot- The Waffle-Making Robot" up on the side of an abandoned building, along with a bunch of filming equipment, there for a while.
5. L0N
This was also adapted for the Twilight Zone with Lee Marvin.

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