“Real Steel” is a 2011 sci-fi movie that many people are comparing to the dueling robots game ‘Rock ’em, Sock ’em Robots,’ which gained popularity starting in the 1960’s. The film is about robots replacing humans in a boxing ring, but the game did not truly inspire the film. It was actually based on a short story called “Steel, by Richard Matheson, who also wrote “I Am Legend,” a book that was later turned into a film as well.
It is unlikely that “Real Steel” will avoid getting pegged as a movie about toys because Matheson’s short story was written so long ago. Some people may remember seeing an android version of the story in a 1963 episode of the “Twilight Zone,” which was based on Matheson’s story. However, the robots in this film look more akin to “Transformers” than the androids, giving them more of a connection to toys. It’s left up to the star of the film, Hugh Jackman, to make it into something more than a movie about toys, and on October 7 we will find out if he can do it.
Box office predictors are expecting fans of the “Transformers” series to be drawn to this film. The creators did well with the movie trailers, showing that “Real Steel” is a boxing movie but with a new kind of boxer. Many people already love these movies, and Hugh Jackman has a big following as well, so the creators may not have to worry about drawing a crowd. With a Facebook page of around 72,500 fans before the movie has been released, it appears to already be drawing a crowd. It most likely won’t be a hit like “Transformers” or “X-Men,” but they stand a good chance.