It’s a good time to be alive for those who grew up in the eighties and bought a lot of action figures. Love them or hate them, the Transformers and G.I. Joe movies garner big production budgets and attract older fans and younger audiences alike. Hopefully it won’t be too long before the pop culture nostalgia cycle catches up to the 1990s and we finally get the Biker Mice From Mars movie that everyone has been waiting for.
On the other hand, Hollywood might actually have skipped right over into rebooting nostalgic properties from the 21st century, as the first images from the upcoming Max Steel movie have now been released. Not familiar with Max Steel? You’re probably not alone. The line of action figures was first produced by Mattel in the late ’90s and was adapted into an animated series in 2000, followed by an extensive series of direct-to-video movies that were only ever released in Latin America.
Luckily for those who never owned a Max Steel action figure, Mattel has promised that the upcoming film will “introduce audiences to a new and never-before-seen world of Max Steel.” The character’s canon backstory is a little confusing and involves a laboratory accident and nanoprobes, but all you really need to know is that the movie is about a guy called Max (played by Ben Winchell) who one day gets superpowers and a robotic suit. Here are the first images, courtesy of Moviefone.
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Director Stewart Hendler is probably best known for horror movie Sorority Row, though he also directed an episode of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. Screenwriter Christopher Yost has penned episodes of a number of different animated Marvel series, including The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Wolverine and the X-Men; he also cowrote Thor: The Dark World and is working on the script for Thor 3. Meanwhile, Winchell is a pretty unknown actor, though he does have a supporting role in upcoming drama The Last of Robin Hood.
It’s possible to make out something of the movie’s plot from these stills. Max is shown with torn clothes and scars on his chest, which suggests that the laboratory accident origin story is still intact, and it looks like he’ll go through the standard hero’s journey of discovering his powers. Those powers apparently include the ability to punch through concrete walls even when he’s not wearing his suit.
It’s honestly hard to know what to make of this one, but that robo-suit looks pretty cool and if nothing else it will probably help sell a few extra toys.
Max Steel will release in 2015.