When it was officially revealed that Arnold Schwarzenegger would return in Terminator: Genesis, people approached the news with equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation. Arnold is more than 20 years older now than he was when Terminator 2 was released, so how will that work for his robotic appearance? Well director Alan Taylor thought about that and figured if Arnold could age, why couldn’t the Terminator? In an interview with MTV, Schwarzenegger had this to say about his role in the film:
”The way that the character is written, it's a machine underneath," Schwarzenegger continued. "It's this metal skeleton. But above that is human flesh. And the Terminator's flesh ages, just like any other human being's flesh. Maybe not as fast. But it definitely ages.”
This was never established in the Terminator continuity previously, but if it gets Arnold back in the role, no one will complain. Schwarzenegger then revealed that fans should also expect more of the series’ trademark time travel in this one:
”Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800," Schwarzenegger added, blowing our minds, "and then what that model does later on when it gets reprogrammed, and who gets ahold of him. So it will be all kinds of interesting twists in the movie, but I feel so good.”
Will we see an older T-800 do battle with a young version from the past? That seems to be what Arnold is hinting at, which would certainly get the salivary glands of Terminator fans working overtime.
We’ll know the full story behind Terminator: Genesis when it hits theaters on July 1, 2015.