Zack Snyder is back to the zombie genre after 2004’s Dawn of the Dead. And no! Army of the Dead is not a sequel to it. But we have noticed how Snyder loves to create his own universe. And now, Netflix planning to expand Zack Snyder’s universe of the undead into prequels and spinoffs. As we mentioned earlier, there were some zombie robots in the movie. And now, Snyder has talked about the robot zombies in Army of the Dead.
Snyder Mentions The Robot Zombies in Army of the Dead
It is not really hard to differentiate the z-robots from others. The robot zombies in Army of the Dead are distinguishable from the real zombies by their eyes, which sometimes glow blue. Snyder acknowledged the presence of the robot zombies in a Netflix Q&A. He said:
“If you pay close attention, there’s a number of zombies that are clearly not zombies. You see normal zombies and then you see some robot zombies.”
Two of the robot zombies can be seen in the crowd when Zeus is mourning the loss of his zombie queen and her unborn child. One robot zombie is shot by Guzman in the basement level of the casino, and another is shot by Scott on the main casino floor. Were they Robot-Zombies, Cyborgs, or aliens? I have so many questions that the upcoming movies need to answer.
Origins & Future of Robot Zombies in Army of the Dead
The presence of the robot zombies, like the exact origin of the other zombies, is not revealed in Army of the Dead. Though they’re only a background detail in Army of the Dead, the robot zombies could play a bigger role in a potential movie sequel or spinoff. Therefore, Snyder went on to tease a couple of potential explanations for the robot zombies. He said:
“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?”
As of now, we know that Area 51 was being referred to as the point of origin for the zombie plague. Meanwhile, Zeus was being carried in armored military transport. Moreover, Las Vegas was a walking distance from his escape, this heavily hints to this being the location he’s being transported from. Hence, Area 51 could suggest some alien connections as two UFOs are seen flying away at the start of the movie.
Animated Prequel Series Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas
Zeus is the most important step of the zombie hierarchy. He’s a key figure for the zombie virus because of the unique way it affects him and is transmitted by him. Well, the upcoming Netflix animated prequel series Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas is set during the early days of the Las Vegas zombie outbreak. It could answer some of the unresolved questions. Mainly talking about the origins of Zeus, and the involvement of government, which we are sure of, and other topics.
We know that Zeus is an Alpha male, and can turn other people into the same if he bites. Moreover, in the opening sequence itself, he bites every alive member of the army. So, it’s clear that they’re also an Alpha male. The series can be expected to elaborate on their whereabouts and the spread of the virus. It will also offer more details of the government’s initial response to the zombie crisis. This could explain exactly where the robot zombies came from.
Connection Between Government & Robot Zombies In Army of the Dead
As we all remember, Martin was the Head of Security for Bly Tanaka. He was sent with the team in order to guide them through the casino. But he was there for a different purpose. Moreover, Snyder has shed some light on the involvement of the government. Talking with The Film Junkee about the character’s origins, he explained:
“Richards is his name. The soldier that is Zeus, but he had a name, he was a guy before. Something happened to him… He did volunteer for something, but it wasn’t what he thought… He also went on a mission. It wasn’t just like, come to this facility and train. He went on a quest on his own and came back as this thing.”
It is revealed by Martin that Tanaka wanted the head of an Alpha zombie in order to make a Zombie Army that could be controlled in its entirety. Maybe this is where the government angle pans out. All this while the government could be planning this with Tanaka, only to fail. Once again something that can be explored in all the 7 Movies and TV Shows Set Up By Army Of The Dead.
The film is currently streaming on Netflix. What do you think about the Robot Zombies in Army of the Dead? Do you think they are aliens? Let us know in the comments.