Tony Stark and his armored suit come to the silver screen courtesy of Marvel Studios
Created by devin on Apr 10, 2008
Last updated: 03/11/10 at 09:55 PM
Robert Downey Jr sat down with MTV and talked about his role on Iron Man, how it has been critically received and how they responded to criticism from a scene that was part of a trailer aired during the Superbowl.
After his appearance at WonderCon showing a trailer and staging a panel, Jon Favreu was part of a roundtable interview with members of the press.
Favreau addressed questions about the direction of the story, choosing Robert Downy Jr as Iron Man and Iron Man's alcoholism
A trailer for the movie was shown during the Super Bowl. It was well received by many except for a scene between Iron Man and a tank which people felt looked too CGI and lacked a human element.
Due to the response, Robert Downey Jr later said in an interview with MTV that the scene was being retooled.
USA Today reported on the strict training regimen that Robert Downey Jr was going through in preparation for his role as Iron Man.
At 42, Downey lifted weights five days a week and practiced martial arts to get in shape to play the hard-bodied Tony Stark, an arms manufacturer who uses his ultimate weapon, a jet-powered, missile-launching suit of armor, to fight evil.
More important, Downey said, he'd been working on his emotional stamina since coming out of rehab in 2002.
"I'm more diligent than I used to be," Downey said. "I want to show Jon (Favreau) he was right to have faith in me. Whatever questions might have arisen about my life weren't issues with him."
Marvel Comics announced on their website that Robert Downey Jr would take on the role of Iron Man.
Kevin Feige, President of Production at Marvel Studios said "Robert Downey Jr. is one of the most talented and acclaimed actors of this generation. His versatility sets him apart and makes him an ideal fit to play such a complex character as Iron Man. We could not think of another actor better suited to bring one of Marvel's crown jewels to the big screen and be the centerpiece of our first independently produced feature,"
The Marvel website also announced that supporting roles were still being cast, filming would begin in February 2007 and nailed down a May 2, 2008 release date.
In an interview with MTV, director John Favreau stated his interest to cast a newcomer as Iron Man following the models of Tobey Maguire being cast as Spider-Man and Brandon Routh as Superman.
Favreau also discussed how he would be dealing with the original 60's storyline in the new film and how he would incorporate the different looks of Iron Man and Tony Stark's alcoholism.
Favreau announced a summer 2008 release and that filming would begin in January 2007.
Daily Variety publishes an extensive report on the status of various Marvel movies in Michael Flemming's "Dish" column.
While covering the re-emergence of Marvel characters on film following Marvel's bankruptcy and the power that Marvel has in the movie making process of their characters, the article mentions that an IRON MAN movie is in the works.
Corona Coming Attractions responded to the Cinescape review by posting their own review which defended Vintar's work.
They also confirmed that Vintar's script was thrown out because 20th Century Fox allowed the rights to lapse while focusing on X-MEN and FANTASTIC FOUR.
Cinescape follows up on recent reports that the previous IRON MAN script was scrapped and that Jeffrey Caine was hired to write a new one.
Cinescape posted a review of Vintar's script which contained spoilers and was unfavorable.
Corona Coming Attractions reports that a new script is in the works for IRON MAN cited from an internal memo. The script is being developed by Jeffrey Caine who wrote GOLDENEYE.
Cinescape reports that the deal between Marvel and Tom Cruise for an IRON MAN movie failed to progress. It is speculated that Marvel's bankruptcy issues were the cause for troubled negotiations.
Tom Cruise expresses interest in producing as well as starring in the film debut of Iron Man
The Comics Continuum reported that, in an interview, Stan Lee stated that Marvel had a meeting with Tom Cruise's partner, Paula Wagner and that Cruise was interested. However nothing could progress until Marvel's bankruptcy was settled.
Daily Variety reports that Tom Cruise is interested in producing and starring in IRON MAN.
In a Comics Continuum article on the VENOM movie, it is mentioned that IRON MAN is on hold until Marvel takes care of its legal troubles
A Comic's Continuum article states that Jeff Vintar has completed an Iron Man script.
Stan Lee mentions in Stan's Soapbox that he wrote the story for the Iron Man movie "together with Jeff Vintar who's also doing the screenplay".
Iron Man is one of 12 Marvel films listed by Stan Lee in the Stan's Soapbox column appearing in all Marvel comics dated September, 1997. Stan Lee mentions there are 5 more projects in development that he's keeping secret.
In January 1997, actor Nicolas Cage expressed interest in being cast for the lead role of the Iron Man film.
In February 1996, 20th Century Fox acquired the rights from Universal for Iron Man.
In April 1990, Universal Studios bought the rights to develop Iron Man for the big screen
Stuart Gordon, the director of Re-Animator, was attached to direct.