It’s hard not to be excited for the eventual release of Aztec Warrior, seeing as it’s set to combine the skills of Black Dynamite’s delightful director Scott Sanders and character acting’s patron saint Luis Guzman for a ridiculous tale of warring Mexican professional wrestlers. But, due to some concept art for the film that Twitch posted today, suddenly everyone’s feelings about the film might be a lot more confused. Sure, this poster titled ‘Aztec Warrior vs. The Office Robot’ looks pretty dang awesome, but what the heck are we actually looking at?
Yep, you guessed it, that’s an artist’s rendering of Luis Guzman wearing a suit and a lucha libre mask while facing off with Robocop’s haywire robot ED-209. The question that any sane person must be asking after seeing this image is, “What exactly does a giant robot have to do with a movie about warring professional wrestlers?” Well, for one thing it’s not appropriate to ask a sane question about what is clearly going to be an insane project, and, for another, the image starts to make a lot more sense if you’ve followed the film careers of Mexican wrestling legends like Blue Demon and Mil Mascaras, whose movies Sanders cites as being inspirations for what he’s doing with Aztec Warrior.
While professional wrestling that comes from the U.S. is traditionally about the unique magic that comes from combining steroids, cocaine, and a live microphone, traditional Mexican wrestling is much more about high flying feats and colorful outfits. Their wrestling stars are superheroes come to life; so much so that the biggest stars of the sport used to star in genre films that would see them battling monsters and robots, like the classic Santo and Blue Demon vs. Frankenstein, or even the recent revival, Mil Mascaras vs. The Aztec Mummy.
So, now that we know just how big and ridiculous Sanders’ Aztec Mummy is going to get, how is he going to be able to pull off all the necessary special effects? It turns out he’s acquired the services of Uruguayan effects house Aparato, the people who were behind director Fede Alvarez’s career-launching short film Panic Attack!; which should be awesome, because they seem to be able to do great looking stuff with very little money.
Whether this film is actually going to be using designs straight out of Robocop—or if Sanders has any other homages up his sleeve—remains to be seen, but for now we can at least look at this poster and drool at the possibilities of just how dumb Aztec Warrior is going to get. The bootleggers outside Arena Mexico should probably just start selling faux Luis Guzman masks now.