President Obama announced Tactical Assault Light Operator Suits, or TALOS, as high tech armor to be deployed in the next few years for the United States Military. While he quipped that they were building Iron Man, the specs of being bullet proof and enhancing performance got us thinking about what these kinds of things have looked like in science fiction. Let’s look at some classic armor from science fiction, eh?
I mean, yeah obviously the first one that comes to mind is the one that the President mentioned directly. While TALOS probably won’t shoot lasers, have an AI OS or, y’know, fly but still if you have a guy in high tech armor, Iron Man is the go-to guy.
So yeah, there’s Steel who is essentially the black equivalent of Iron Man at DC (with a good touch of Superman Family, hence the logo). Brilliant scientist survives a life threatening situation and creates a high tech suit of armor to do justice (minus all the Batman and Green Arrow qualities that Iron Man has of course). While its probably not likely that the US is building armaments that shoot rivets or equipping them with sledgehammers –CAN YOU IMAGINE IF THEY DID??
Rocket Red and the Rocket Red Brigade is probably right on the mark for what’s going on–albeit with a Soviet Sci-Fi twist. The Rocket Reds are high tech armored soldiers developed to augment the Soviet Army. While still, they fly (WHY DO ALL THE SUPER HEAVY ARMORS FLY??) The spirit of them is pretty on the mark.
Mobile Infantry Power Armor
So, let’s not talk about the awful movie called “Starship Troopers”. Let’s think about the awesome novel by Robert Heinlein. Its amazing. In the book Mobile Infantry soldiers wear nuclear powered armor that allows for long distance jumping, augmented strength and speed, and higher performance and weapons capability. Its coming along now, TALOS.
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Half man, half machine…all cop. Are Robocop and Deathlok the next step from super armor? Who’s to say? And where does it go from there?