Real Steel: Doomed to Failure?

Hugh Jackman in Real Steel

“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.

This guest post is by Edwin, an author for USDish. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheCelebutaunt.

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  • Anonymous

    There was a graphic novel from Marvel sometime in the early 80’s that explored the idea of boxing as warfare between megacorporations with the boxers as proxies.  I am thinking it was called something like “MegaBoxing”.  It was done by or in the style of Christ Claremont.

    Does this ring any bells with anyone?

  • Anonymous

    I think you’re talking about “Super Boxers,” by Ron Wilson.

    Never read it, but I remember it being plugged…


    • Anonymous

      That’s it!  Ah, Chris Byrne was the artist…