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Batman’s Gary Oldman Will Star In The Robocop Remake While Robocop Stars In Batman

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I wasn’t interested in the RoboCop remake until I heard Gary Oldman was cast and I wasn’t going to write about Oldman being cast until I realized some coincidental role choices for himself and another well-known genre actor. Read on to find out what they are. 

The Hollywood Reporter had the scoop on Oldman being cast in MGM’s remake of the 1987 sci-fi classic. He’ll be starring opposite actor Joel Kinnaman who nabbed the role of RoboCop.

“Oldman will play Norton, the scientist who creates Robocop and finds himself torn between the ideals of the machine trying to rediscover its humanity and the callous needs of a corporation,” writes THR. “The production is eyeing a September shoot in Toronto and has a tentative release date of summer 2013.”

We know Oldman will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises with Christian Bale. but the coincidence I’m talking about comes via another bit of casting news.

In the original RoboCop, the lead role was played by Peter Weller, who, it just so happens, is going to be playing Batman in the animated adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns. The movie is based on the 1986 miniseries by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson. “The direct-to-video adaptation will be released in two parts under the DC Comics Premiere Movie banner, which apparently will replaced the five-year-old DC Universe Animated Original Movies,” according to SpinOff. “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 will debut in the fall, with Part 2 arriving in early 2013.”

Of course it would have been an even bigger coincidence if Weller had been cast as Commissioner Gordon in the animated film but we can’t have everything now can we?

We love Oldman a great deal but we’re also personally excited for actress Ariel Winter playing the first female Robin, Carrie Kelly, in the animated film.

(via Hollywood Reporter, SpinOff)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."