The first clip that the Comic-Con crowd were treated to featured Samuel L. Jackson’s firebrand political commentator Pat Novak stirring up a storm on his sensationalist TV show.
Showing scenes of American robot hardware being used to enforce the law in Tehran, Novak called for the USA to use its own inventions in the fight against crime.
It seems like a good idea, with the lumbering ED-209’s and humanoid ED-208’s keeping Tehran under tight control. It all goes wrong, however, when a 209 identifies a weapon that a small child is holding, and unleashes a torrent of rounds at the kid.
The scene plays like a more serious take on the original
’s satirical swipes at TV, with director José Padilha pointing to the film’s relevance to the discussion of the use of drones in warfare that's currently occupying the news.
Samuel L. Jackson elaborated at the press conference: "The relationship between fascism and robotics is going to become way more important – if you think about the war in Vietnam or in Iraq – the war ended because American soliders were dying, so we had to get them out of there.
"If you picture the same war with robots and instead and there no incentive to bring them home. So there is a relationship between being able to use robots for war and fascism."