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It's totally my fault that I've not seen Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead yet. It's right there, on Netflix, and has been for weeks now. But y'know, I've been busy. More fool me, though, because this lil slice of news around the flick is a gigantic spoiler fest. That's your warning, BTW.
Like I said, just then, spoilers incoming. Ready? Okay, then. Director Zack Snyder has been seemingly ever-present on the promotional circuit for his latest movie, which also stars Dave Bautista and Ella Purnell as humans who have to survive what is best described as a zombie apocalypse inside Las Vegas (I mean, I say that, but I've not seen it, I'm running on a synopsis from the internet). And in a recent round of interviews, as per Den of Geek's reporting, he's addressed the robot zombies of Army of the Dead. Yep, robot zombies. No, I had no idea, either.
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As Comicbook discovered, Snyder gets into the background of these robot zombies in an official set of Netflix press notes. "I had the idea from the beginning that these zombies were going to embody an evolution, that they were on their way to becoming something else, not stagnant like the zombies we're used to," he says. "It was a way to make them fresh, while still delivering the zombie canon in some ways."
The director adds that these robot zombies will be explored further in an animated spin-off series, Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, coming to Netflix in the near future. Returning to these mechanical undead nasties, Snyder comments: "Are they monitors that the government has placed among the zombies to monitor them? Are they technology from the other world? What's happening there?"
IDK Zack, you're the guy in the director's chair. Another world, though? (Or, "the other world"?) Sounds outrageous - but then, this is a zombie movie, readers. And Snyder also mentioned to Polygon that "the robot is further proof that not all is as it seems in the movie".
I've skimmed a lot of the other content around these robo-zombos, because I wouldn't mind having some of the movie left unspoiled for me - but it really does seem that there's a whole lot of content in Army of the Dead that we're going to be hearing about, and watching, in the coming years. Lot of lore, yet to explore. In related news, Zack Snyder recently told us that he has pretty clear plans for directing a video game, so I guess we'll see that, eventually.
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