RoboCop is a cop we all would like to be protected by – as long as he is tuned up correctly, and hackers haven’t tweaked his prime directive programming. Indeed, what better to serve and protect kind of guardian is there than a cyborg that works nearly 24/7 to help catch the bad guys and prevent crime from happening in the first place. In the landmark and wildly popular 1987 film, “RoboCop” directed by Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoven (Starship Troopers), Peter Weller (Star Trek: Into Darkness) played the tragic figure Alex J. Murphy, a police officer who is reconstructed into a cyborg solider after being brutally gunned down in the line of duty by Kurtwood Smith of “That 70’s Show”. Also starring Nancy Allen (Carrie), as his tough as nails partner, Anne Lewis, the movie sparked a mega fascination with cyber law enforcement, spawned sequels, video games and both a live action and animated TV show. Now, the RoboCop tale is re-imagined starring Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton (Batman) and Samuel L. Jackson (Deep Blue Sea).
He’s the highest paid director in the world. Dutch film maker Paul Verhoven is known for his big movies like “Starship Troopers” and “Showgirls”. After he gave the world, “RoboCop”, audiences and critics really took notice of his singular and original talent as a movie director. Verhoven is a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s work and has said Hitchcock’s use of female characters, especially their for the time more open sexuality, has greatly influenced the women depicted in his own film outings. Verhoven has an estimated net worth of $245 million dollars. His wealth not only comes from the entertainment world, but highly profitable endorsement deals and real estate development.
He’s the funny man who became the Batman. Keaton excelled in wacky roles like “Johnny Dangerously” co-starring Marilu Henner (Taxi) and opposite Terri Garr (Tootsie) in “Mr. Mom”, so when Tim Burton picked him as Bruce ‘Batman’ Wayne, most just couldn’t see such a jolly joker becoming a dark crime fighter. Keaton not only did a great job in the first big feature batty film, but returned for “Batman Returns” – with Danny Devito as Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer (Dark Shadows) as Catwoman. Keaton impressed in later movies like “Clean and Sober” and “Pacific Heights” and was most recently seen in the Larry David HBO movie, “Clear History”. He has an estimated net worth of $15 million dollars.
Samuel L. Jackson
He’s Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.LD – an ultra secret organization which overseas how super hero groups like The Avengers operate. Jackson is also Jedi Mace Windu in the “Star Wars” films from director George Lucas. Plus, he has helped to create a host of other memorable characters, in movies like “Deep Blue Sea”, or the now legendary cinema romp, which must be seen to be believed, but even then you may have to watch it a few more times, the bizarre”Snakes On A Plane”. All of his powerful cinema work in Hollywood has given him an estimated net worth of $150 million dollars.