Published February 17, 2011
Despite the Detroit mayor's apparent disinterest in erecting a "RoboCop" statue, supporters of the idea have exceeded their fundraising goal of $50,000 -- hoping their plans to honor the legendary cyborg will become a reality.
The story of "RoboCop," a hero officer killed in a shootout and brought back to life as a half-mechanized crime fighter in Detroit, is a 1987 cult classic.
The push to construct a statue honoring the superhero began when Detroit Mayor Dave Bing took to the Internet to solicit ideas for the city's revival.
Someone then posted the idea on Twitter, but Bing didn't seem to keen on it.
"There are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop," Bing wrote on his Twitter account. "Thank you for your suggestion."
The mayor, however, touched off an immediate wave of Twitter messages from fans of the movie who hope he will reconsider, and others amused that he had even responded.
Now, just six days later, organizers say they've exceeded their fundraising goal of $50,000 needed to build the statue, MyFoxDetroit.com reports.
In an interview with the station, John Leonard, an artist and one of the masterminds behind the online campaign, called RoboCop a "symbol of rebirth."
"He's a superhero," he said. "I think if you look at the characters ... sort of the morals and the positive things that the character embodies are really the driving factor behind this."