'Real Steel' Viral Site Explores The World Of Robot Boxing

Story Details from Real Steel with Hugh Jackman

Michael Bay's third (and reportedly final) Transformers movie hits theaters this summer and promises to be the best yet in the giant CGI robots franchise. DreamWorks will counter that Paramount title with its own motion picture about destructive metal men this fall - in the action-packed sci-fi drama Real Steel.

A Real Steel tie-in viral site called World Robot Boxing has been unveiled, and it offers an early look at the futuristic sport portrayed in the film - one that no longer pits man against man in the fighting ring, but instead mechanical beings guided by their human trainers.

Here's the official synopsis for Real Steel, to refresh your memory

A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near future [the year 2020], where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring.  Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next.

When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender.  As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

Genre Addict has unearthed many a secret image and video on the site, including the two clips below - which offer brief glimpses at two of the 19 robot characters on display in Real Steel: Noisy Boy and The Mighty Zeus.

Check them out below:


The Real Steel teaser trailer focused on the brutal, metal-crunching battles between the film's robotic stars - themselves brought to life via a combination of CGI and animatronics. Director Shawn Levy has described the movie as more a human-centered drama that just a mindless F/X-heavy fighting flick, and cites NASCAR as being heavily influential on the film's design.

Real Steel's boxing showdowns involve both league and underground competitions, which Levy has spoken about a bit in the past as well:

“There’s the league-bots – [The Mighty] Zeus, Axelrod and Twin Cities are some –  and there’s underground-bots, like Midas and Metro, but with all of them we designed them so that the mechanics are very visible... These are not Transformers and we made a point to make them distinctive visually.”

Real Steel movie director Shawn Levy Hugh Jackman

Check out the actual World Robot Boxing site for more material, which includes additional  images of the impressive robotic fighters from the film.

Real Steel will make its way into regular and IMAX theaters later this year on October 7th.

Source: DreamWorks (via Genre Addict)

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