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AICN EXCLUSIVE!! IRON MAN Has Found Its Tony Stark!!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here.

UPDATED!! Both trades have in fact confirmed this story, and Jon Favreau himself confirmed it on his MySpace page a few hours after the story broke here. Good to see the rumor proved out.

Just got off the phone with Harry. It seems that the spies are out in force this year at Fantastic Fest, and one guy in particular sidled up to Knowles to tell him that there’s a lead actor now for IRON MAN. THE FOUNTAIN was about to start. Harry was about to go up onstage to do the intro. Then the guy told Harry what he told him, and Harry decided to call me before he started the proceedings. “Is your guy that sure, Harry?” I asked. “I hear there will be a trade break tomorrow,” Harry said. He told me a few other things the spy said off-the-record, and it certainly sounds like this guy’s the real deal. “Now I have to go because 250 people are staring at me wondering what I’m talking on my phone about.” Brace yourselves for what happens when someone makes the right choice for once. Tony Stark will be played by Robert Downey, Jr. I can’t even express how much I love that choice. First of all, congratulations to Paramount and Marvel for having the nerve to pin their franchise on Downey. He’s had some rough years, but if I’ve ever seen anyone aggressively work to rehab their career, it’s Downey. Even in his darkest days, he was doing good work, but lately he seems more in touch than ever with what makes him great as a performer. He’s excellent with comedy, and he can break an audience’s heart with ease. Rare combination. And when the franchise finally gets into some of Tony Stark’s darkest hours, when he faces down his own demons in the second film or the third, can you imagine how much soul Downey can bring to it? If handled right, that’s some of the most potent dramatic material in any Marvel movie, and now they’ve got the right actor to make it all work. Congratulation, Favreau and Paramount and Marvel. Can’t wait. And thanks for the call, Harry. Hope THE FOUNTAIN screening is going well. “Moriarty” out.

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  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by Bugaboo

    Freaking Brilliant!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by DonkeyTron

    I LOVE IT!!! Bravo Favreau!!!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:15 p.m. CST


    by Hell_Bender

    Fantastic casting. I'm in love with this decision.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by kill yr. idols

    Downy jr is the man, good call. (If true)

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by kill yr. idols

    so close

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:14 p.m. CST

    That's fuckin' ballsy.

    by thenewpulper

    Let's see how it plays out.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:16 p.m. CST


    by TheMackenzie

    I'm so not sure...As in is he really right for it?

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Hate it

    by Buddapest

    If Tony Stark was gay, I could see it.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Stark is gay.

    by DonkeyTron

    Look at that moustache.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:22 p.m. CST

    This blows me away...

    by GiggityGoo

    ...but in a good way. I was incredibly terrified that Stark was going to be Ashton Kutcher or some other pre-30 boy-toy type. But this!... Here's an actual ACTOR. Wow. Now I'm REALLY intrigued. I wonder if he'll have the required mustache?...

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Frak that sucks

    by ShatirLavan

    Jarjar Binks would make a better Iron Man than that drug addict.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:31 p.m. CST

    What the fuck ever...

    by Nate_Summers

    You just feel bad(ly) that it wasn't you.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:30 p.m. CST


    by Funk4America

    he can grow a mustache right?

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by C_wizard

    Awesome. I can't wait for this shit now. Best superhero casting since Michael Keaton.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by Spicypeanut

    A man with documented drug problems and rough years seems to be the perfect fit for Tony Stark who has gone through the same exact thing.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:37 p.m. CST

    I got goosebumps, literaly

    by Argentino

    I never saw this coming, what a perfect choice!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Frak yeah

    by utfluke

    That's awesome. An inspired choice, if for no other reason than it's unexpectedness. I am now really looking forward to this movie. Congrats to Fav, and to Downey. All eyes on you.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Hopping on the bandwagon.

    by CreasyBear

    I can't think of a better choice. (Are they going to have a scene where Stark wakes up deliriously in some kid's room of a stranger's house?)

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Falling off the (band) wagon

    by Christopher3

    Perfect choice. Hope it comes in under budget.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:46 p.m. CST


    by Satyrgreen

    I can't remember the last time I felt that a casting choice for a Marvel character was so dead on. My anticipation for this film just shot up 100%.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:47 p.m. CST


    by Eaglet1138

    I will be there on opening day just on Downey's name. Good job Favs.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:48 p.m. CST


    by Grimjack99

    Like it or hate it, this is the best news I've heard in a LONG while. Go, Favreau!!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:50 p.m. CST


    by Grimjack99

    Apart from the elections, now there's even more reason to want 2008 to hurry up and GET HERE!!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:50 p.m. CST

    When he shows up shitfaced they can just shoot

    by CTU Mole

    The scenes with him in the mask and use a double.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Hope it's true.

    by Red Ned Lynch

    Great chance for Downey to get back in the game with a role he will do as well as anyone could. It's a twofer.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Downey is PERFECT

    by Dr. Butthole

    As soon as I read that, I immediately thought, "YES!" Downey is such a good actor. I've rooted for him since "Chaplin." Great work, Favs! Can't wait to see this one!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:53 p.m. CST


    by ipolo.

    That is AMAZING! I think Iron Man will be right up there with Begins.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:56 p.m. CST

    HOLY SHIT! PERFECT...but--

    by Bob Cryptonight

    ...they better make sure this doesn't turn into a ROBOCOP imitation! The suit better be cool and sleek!!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 7:59 p.m. CST

    I care NOTHING about Iron Man at all...

    by DanielKurland

    But I love Robert Downey Jr., and I may actually see this movie now.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Out of left field...

    by MonkeyBytes

    ...comes the perfect casting choice. Seriously, has Downey ever been mentioned as a possibility for Iron Man? I thought for sure it would go to Tom Cruise and he would push for a rewrite in which Stark beats his addictions by reading Dianetics and taking purifying saunas and colonics.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8 p.m. CST

    the movie casting gods have smiled upon us.

    by zombieslayer

    Best casting since Cap'n Jack.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Should've been Terrence Howard

    by Darth Thoth

    In my opinion.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:04 p.m. CST

    I thought for sure...

    by The Dum Guy

    that they'd go with that Brandon Routh guy, but I guess a former SNL member is just as good.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Maybe they can get Tim

    by Nate_Summers

    Maybe they can get Tim Meadows for Jim Rhodes...

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Best casting since Christian Bale for sure.

    by DoodlyDingDongTickTock

    I can't believe they went with Downey. The work he did in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and A Scanner Darkly was nothing short of brilliant. Stark is a genius with a dark history of addiction. Downey is a genius with a dark history of addiction. I hope he beefs up a little bit though. Stark isn't a weakling. I'm really curious what the supporting cast is going to be now. It probably would have gone to Cruise if he hadn't gone all nuts and Paramount hadn't flat out fired him. WOO DOWNEY. I hope he's in the suit too.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:06 p.m. CST

    he's a real good actor

    by reckni

    i think they made a great choice. i was seriously fearful when i saw the headline, like someone said above, that it'd be ashton kutcher or some other half-wit bozo that has no business being in a potentially good movie. at least we know he can play alcoholic with ease.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:08 p.m. CST

    not to be fravreu's suckup...

    by Argentino

    but I think most of us can agree that this proyect has raised from "DAREDEVIL" level of spectation to at least "X-MEN" level of spectation.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Well...that's interesting

    by Grendel745

    Although I was a fan of Iron Man back in the 80s and early 90s I lost touch with the character until his recent appearances in Spiderman and (of course) Civil War. I was mildly intrigued when the movie was announced and became moreso when Favreau was picked to direct it. This casting though will have me there opening night. I love it when people who can actually act are chosen for comic book movies, as opposed to pretty boys or the hot celebs. Of course, the movie could still be bad (Catwoman, Batman and Robin, Aeon Flux all spring to mind) but for now, I'm quite excited.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Better than Tom Cruise,....

    by hammett1107

    .who'd cure his drinking problem with vitamins and would probably shoehorn scientology references into the Iron Man cannon.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:22 p.m. CST

    wow...had to read that a few times

    by XoanonTORN

    Did I just read that? Sounds interesting!! Better than TC...certainly... <br> Michael Regina<br> Editor in Chief/Segment Producer<br><br><br><br>

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:20 p.m. CST


    by JeanLuc Dickhard


  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:26 p.m. CST

    come on Dum Guy

    by Argentino

    He was an acomplished actor before he joined SNL

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:31 p.m. CST

    I don't get it...

    by Batutta

    I like Downey and all, and I'm sure he will be fine, but I don't think he's bullseye casting. Downey's eyes are too open and puppy dog likeable, and I always though there was something brooding and mysterious about Tony Stark, you know, the kind of guy you could be friends with for years and never really get to know. Downey comes across as too much of an open book to me...Of course, I could be wrong.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Any recommendations?

    by Grayle

    I haven't seen many of his movies... but in everything i've seen him in, and in all the interviews i've seen him in, he's seemed like one of the blandest actors and persons i've ever seen, and awefully full of himself.... seriously, what am i missing??

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Any recommendations?

    by Grayle

    I haven't seen many of his movies... but in everything i've seen him in, and in all the interviews i've seen him in, he's seemed like one of the blandest actors and persons i've ever seen, and awefully full of himself.... seriously, what am i missing??

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:35 p.m. CST



    Color me shocked! I'm with it though!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:51 p.m. CST

    To coin a phrase already said....WOW !!..FANTASTIC !!

    by zathras34

    This is it !!!...That is the key right there...and marvel has nailed it!!...Robert Downey JR. WOW !!! WHO'S THE VILLIAN?...HAS IT BEEN SAID YET?... I cant think of the names off the top of my head...but a few Billionare badguys from the 80's books come to mind... Way to go marvel !!!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Waitaminute ... AICN broke a story?

    by chrth

    I don't believe it for a second. They haven't broken any news in Xenu knows how long.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:55 p.m. CST


    by theneonsamurai

    now where's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Andy Dick is the Mandarin

    by Logo Lou

    Could happen :P

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Never would've thought of it

    by Mechasheeva

    but it's perfect. But now what I'm wondering is, what else does Favreau have up his sleeves? Bringing on Oscar-caliber actors like Terrance Howard and Downey has me remembering the stellar Batman Begins cast . . . are we going to see an emotionally intense and gritty Iron Man from Favreau, BB style? . . . Man, I hope so. . .

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Bukkake Praise!

    by thenewpulper

    Watch out, Robert, the white stream of congratulation is signed and in the mail!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 8:59 p.m. CST


    by rbatty024

    Picking a well-known face who is not a mega-star, but has had a string of outta tha' park roles -- bravo! Great pick.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    Great news!

    by NeoDevilbaneX

    Ballsy casting indeed, I can't wait to see what Downey Jr. will turn out. Perfect marriage of character and actor, and I never even considered Downey for the part.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:05 p.m. CST

    I just got CHILLS. The good kind.

    by sevadro

    What can I say? Bravo. Don't miss a "A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS." Downey is an extraordinary talent.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Holy crap.

    by Shermdawg

    Good choice.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Weird Choice, But I Think It's Actually Brilliant

    by The Ender

    This will completely change Downey's career. I think if he gets in good shape, and stays rehabbed.....he'll do an awesome job. Cool choice.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:18 p.m. CST

    sorry, I don't get the excitement

    by thebearovingian

    I read it and went, "huh?" Is he gonna be all manic, scatterbrained, twitchy, and constantly muttering like Downey is in every movie?

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Awesome Choice!

    by Evil Chicken

    My jaw just dropped after reading his name. Wonderful casting. BTW, "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" was great.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:19 p.m. CST

    I love this

    by Virtual Satyr

    I am actually excited for this movie now. Downey has been given the bum's rap and I think he's perfect. I am not an Iron Man fan but if Downey is playing him, I will give it a serious look.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:22 p.m. CST


    by AngelCordy

    I'm so souped. What a great idea. Good luck, guys!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:20 p.m. CST


    by jackinitraw

    Is Tony a burnout ex drinker? Is he supposed to look 20 years older than he actually is? I could knock Robert Downey Jr out with my unit. I would rather see Morton Downey Jr in this role.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Hey macarena!

    by Ribbons

    Seacrest out!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:25 p.m. CST

    And did somebody just say Downey needs to get in shape?

    by Ribbons

    He's gonna be in a robo-suit, dog. Those abs ain't gonna show up no matter how cut they are.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:37 p.m. CST

    I like to choice but...

    by decfx

    I don't think Iron Man will be the blockbuster the execs hope it to be. My favorite Marvel Hero is Iron Man and I collected the comic since the 70's but even a great performance by Downey won't help it perform at the box office.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:38 p.m. CST


    by StealthBeagle

    This is an excellent and inspired choice. For people wondering if Downey can still bring it, check him out in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." Great call, Mr. Favreau.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Jon Heder, you say...?

    by Ribbons

    I wonder if he's free for filming next year... [rubs chin pensively]

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:43 p.m. CST

    How come with all his money........

    by Doc_Strange

    Stark couldn't be Adamantium Man or something stronger than iron? With all that money, shit, he could probably invent the strongest metal of all. Instead however, he opts for iron. Whatta cheapass. In all seriousness though, Downey is a great casting choice. I believe he'll bring another dimension to Stark's inner turmoil, which kind of reflects his own life and struggles. Awesome.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Oh good lord.

    by Cotton McKnight

    Why does Hollywood continue to trip over themselves to save this drugged up loser?

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:49 p.m. CST


    by SkidMarkedUndies


  • Sept. 28, 2006, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Odd choice

    by AlwaysThere

    I can't imagine this working.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Is Iron Man going to get caught blowing a guy?

    by Baron Karza

    By Andrew McCarthy?

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:04 p.m. CST

    GOOD choice...

    by El Scorcho

    Although, by the third film in the series (if there is one), Jr. will be 50 years old. Kinda weird. But a great casting decision. My ticket has just been sold.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:11 p.m. CST

    congratulations, nerds

    by Vern

    I mean that affectionately. I think it's great that for this one day, you all agree on something. Of course, somebody will get all negative any second now but until then, it's nice. I got one question on behalf of the comic strip illiterate. Is Iron Man really supposed to be a whiny sissy? I always heard that name I thought he was supposed to be sort of a cool, tough, non-Robert Downey Jr. sort of character. Because he's fucking made of IRON. Unless the name is supposed to be IRONic. But since it looks like every single one of you loves this casting I must've guess wrong. So congratulations everybody, enjoy.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:15 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    I get that experience whenever the baristas ask me what size coffee I want from Starbucks. I feel like suck a tool saying "grande" instead of "medium."

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:20 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    ...that's not a bad suggestion ganymede. I can actually more readily picture Howard as Stark than I can Downey Jr.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:40 p.m. CST

    All this talk of sex is making me hungry...

    by Ribbons

    Damn you, subliminal advertising...

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Good Casting Choice

    by Dirk Calloway

    My cat has like 7 titties and I am so alone

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:47 p.m. CST

    I will say...

    by Ribbons

    ...I thought that 'Elf' and 'Zathura' were pretty well-cast. I also recall hearing Will Ferrell say something about how Favreau sort of pushed him out of his "comfort zone" when directing him, so I have some measure of confidence in Favreau as far as getting the right performer/performance goes. At the same time, I just can't picture Downey as Iron Man at this point. It's not so outrageous a casting decision that I'm offended by it -- maybe partially because I'm not a terribly huge fan of Iron Man to begin with -- but I feel like there's probably someone better out there. Who? Don't ask me for *constructive* criticism. I guess somebody with more of an Errol Flynn quality, as vague as that sounds. But anyway, I'll be interested in seeing how Downey handles the material. I'll give Favreau this: casting him as the lead in a blockbuster franchise took some chutzpah.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:50 p.m. CST

    now that's a tale to astonish!

    by kafka07

    I was flabbergasted to read the news! Holy cow! I trusted they would pick someone good. But this is just brilliant casting! Whether you like the casting or not, you gotta admit it's damn interesting.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:52 p.m. CST

    RDJr Is PERFECT for playing the villian Iron Man!!!

    by DOGSOUP

    He has the the moral ambiguity down and the darkness to have Tony's self rightous fascism come into the light. Fuck the Civil War, I shouldn't even be able to think this way. THE VILLAIN IRON MAN LIVES ON!!!!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:55 p.m. CST

    i'm not even an iron man fan but damn that is awesome

    by BLWiseass

    Downey kicks ass. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was great.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:55 p.m. CST

    It should have been...

    by DoctorWho?

    Pierce Brosnan. He played the drunkard well in Matador. But you know what...Downey is a brilliant choice!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Howard and Downey

    by Ribbons

    That'd be a pretty cool Dynamic Duo right there. And by Dynamic Duo I mean Tony Stark and Jim Rhodes, not Batman and Robin. Although I would pay to see that too.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Like Downey, but I'm not excited

    by dead youngling

    hate new talkbacks!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Brosnan's face looks like a TWAT!!

    by Malebolgia

    hooray for Downey!!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 11 p.m. CST

    Now I know how the Transformers geeks feel...

    by googamooga

    This fucking sucks. Stark is being played by a closet homo. Childhood raped.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 11:02 p.m. CST

    This was the first place I went after hearing...

    by Childe Roland

    ...about this (should've answeredmy cell when it rang and I would've known hours ago), and I'm really impressed by the reaction (well, from everyone but bringing sexy back or whatever his name is). Amazingly open minded for a comic book movie talkback. Downey will own this role. He's perfect for it. And with Howard as Rhodey, this franchise has dramatic legs to rival Batman Begins. Color me psyched.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Looks Good On Paper But I Dunno

    by Captain Sulu

    What makes it sound good is if they do the whole Tony Stark alcoholic thing and the baggage Downey brings to it offscreen. But for those who don't follow Downey's offscreen antics, is this goona resonate? I'm not sure I see it. Downey has never really brought charisma to a role, in my own opinion. He's a talented actor, yes. But he doesn't scream Tony Stark or Iron Man to me. Still, an interesting choice and worth seeing the movie just because of it.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 11:10 p.m. CST

    I was for Phoenix but....

    by moto

    This is excellent casting. Trust me, Downey will bulk up for the role even though he doesn't need to. He's done it in the past before. He could be a real bad ass. I'm surprised that TBers aren't pissing and moaning more, declaring that their only choice for the role would be CRISPIN GLOVER! No whining in a talkback???? Wow, this is strange. Then again, TBers rejoiced over Snakes on a Plane, and look what happened with that debacle.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Crispin Glover, you say...?

    by Ribbons

    I wonder if he's free for filming next year... [rubs chin pensively] Also, I hear tell that if we get ENOUGH signatures on our *official* petition, he will replace Heath Ledger as Joker! C'mon, fanboys! Huzzah!!!!11

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by VanDammit -VanDammit!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 11:33 p.m. CST


    by NubtheSquirrel

    That's some really good fucking casting. Iron Man is simply the exterior, representing what it is that Stark wants to be. In reality, he's human beneath the cold metal exterior. Downy would be perfect for the role because he is able to show the need to be invulnerable with the frailty underneath. Good casting. Damn good casting. I cannot wait to see this movie!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 11:33 p.m. CST


    by SanityKaos

    Wow, Downey JR as Stark Imagine the possibilties What if there was a Civil War movie 10 years from now Mcquire and Downy JR

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 11:40 p.m. CST

    No, BSB!

    by Ribbons

    Don't go chang-in..../ To try to please us..../ We want you just the way you aaaaaare!

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 11:41 p.m. CST

    great news but....

    by ferociousbadger

    an even better actor for the role would be BRUCE CAMPBELL! yea that's right i went there

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Downey is not sexy, old, and short

    by Johnny Storm

    Other than that, he's perfect.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 11:53 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Winston

    The more I've thought about this over the past few hours, the more I think I like it. Sure, Downey's 5' 6" or whatever, but so is Tom Cruise...and he's made a few action films I think. And yeah, Downey has played the sissy in a couple of roles, but he also completely owns everything he does. Why can't he be cold and brooding? I think if anyone can transform their normal state into a character it's Downey (Gary Oldman is much the same but is a little too senior to play this role), and not in a manic, psycho-confused Wesley Snipes sort of way. I was in the Billy Crudup camp before...but I think this is going to be good. When it's all said and done, though, I think the commercial potential for this movies relies solely on the first few teaser trailers.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 11:53 p.m. CST

    good goddamn

    by redfist

    Now I am excited, maybe a comic book movie might have a little drama in it

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 11:52 p.m. CST

    sounds cool BUT..

    by slder78

    like i always say, the script has to be good as well. if it sucks then what you've got is Fantastic Four.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:01 a.m. CST

    You know Ferrell as Goulet as Stark woulda ruled.

    by Shermdawg


  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Also, re: The Mandarin

    by Ribbons

    I'd heard that the Mandarin was going to be more of a "businessman" type. With a lot of countries fighting over nano- and biotechnologies in order to corner the market on trade in the future, that's actually semi-topical. If I had to guess, I'd say that he's going to try and replicate the Iron Man armor in the movie, therefore making him somewhat less "Fists of Fury"-oriented. Whether the actor they get to play "Mandarin" has a background in martial arts will probably be a non-issue. Then again, who knows (besides for Jon Favreau)?

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:04 a.m. CST

    This is such awesome news!

    by heyscot

    Downey Jr. is an EXCELLENT actor and I am now extremely pumped up about this movie! Hah! What great news! Can't wait to see how it pans out, because Downey is an actual actor, and if they get a good script, anything's possible. This is about as good as casting gets, folks!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Sounds like a Michael Keaton-like choice

    by comedian_x

    tiny comedic actors playing superheros, IRONic indeed.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Iron Man

    by mike t.

    I think AINC is full of shit until I hear it from a mag or another source then Im taking this with a grain of salt.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:29 a.m. CST

    This makes total sense.

    by JustinSane


  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Genius casting....

    by mattyholmes

    I love it. But I must say its a hell of a gamble by Paramount.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:32 a.m. CST


    by ArtemisClydefrog

    Okay. 300 will be pretty. Wolverine is still a big question mark. Ghost Rider will be terrible. Spider Man 3 will be serviceable. But this news on the heels of renting Zathura this past weekend, is fucking phenomenal. This outdoes my excitement of Micky Rourke as Marv and Ron Pearlman as Hellboy tenfold. Yikes. Just yikes. This is going to be the movie that will re-excite Hollywood about Marvel, and while some duds are bound to follow, I have total faith in the Comic house's alliance with Paramount now. (Sure, Tom Cruise a major star in a Viacom owned property? Gimme a fucking break.) Now don't you dare fire Brad Grey, Sumner Redstone, you hear me? Don't you DARE... or who gives a fuck. Go ahead. Just let Captain America happen on his watch.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:34 a.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

    Sorry, it felt wierd not to have a negative, cynical talkback.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Robert Downey, Jr knows about the Demon in the Bottle..

    by Negative Man

    ...just sayin'. Get a junkie to play a junkie. Like Johnny Depp in BLOW or Val Kilmer in WONDERLAND. But, now they have a star, I guess it will take another 2-10 years to make it to the screen.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:36 a.m. CST


    by Staldo

    I know people say Depp for everything these days, but I totally thought ole' sunkencheeks was a shoe-in for Tony Stark.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:38 a.m. CST

    comedian_x, I was thinking the same thing...

    by NoHubris

    ...about the "Keaton-like choice." IMHO it is a very inspired selection.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:49 a.m. CST

    BTW, IMO this works because of RESTORATION...

    by NoHubris

    ...which is still my favorite Robert Downey, Jr. movie. Of course he's been great in other films, but I'm partial to the above.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:59 a.m. CST

    ok 3 words: Chaplin, Singing Detective

    by oisin5199

    the boy can brood, so no worries there. I'm really excited by this, as good as Bale for Batman, imo. He's a fantastic actor and will no doubt rule in the suit.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:05 a.m. CST

    He'll never have his helmet on.

    by I said good day sir

    Part of the problem with well known actors playing superheros is if the hero wears a mask or helmet, the actor doesnt want to go through the movie with their face covered. Most modern actors would argue that what's an actor without his face. There may be a few exceptions like Batman & V for Vendetta but I can't see Downey keeping on the helmet for long.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:06 a.m. CST


    by wash

    Perfect. Now don't fuck it up Downey.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Good Choice

    by Zombie Vig

    Good choice Mr. Favreau. First in getting Adi Granov to do production work and now getting someone who fits the role. So, do we get the'Demon in a Bottle'storyline somewhere in the movie?

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:10 a.m. CST


    by moto

    I'm going to burn every copy of Jon Favreu's movies!!! Even RUDY!!! I'm going to piss on Paramount's doorsteps!! How dare they hire a former druggie to be my Tony Stark!!! Sacreligious! This film is going to suck!!! I won't buy a ticket! I won't see it! Never! Why? Because I know it's going to suck because of this casting and because I saw a picture of Iron Man on the internet that is supposed to be the movie version and it's probably going to be crappy CG and I don't like the eyes on the helmet and I think the red is too red and the yellow is too yellow!!! Fuck Favreau! Fuck Downey! Fuck Paramount! ****************************** Okay, there, now it feels like a true AICN talkback. That felt good. Whoever said it was right, just didn't feel the same without the preconceived pissing and moaning. The universe is now balanced. GREAT CASTING! Can't wait to see what they do with it.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:33 a.m. CST

    F*ckin Awesome! Way to go FAV!

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Downey Jr. + Terrance Howard + $100 million budget(Jon Fav's direction) = Great comic book film. Should be sensational. Tough luck for Billy Crudup. Should've taken the HULK film. :^P

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Future 'Daily Bugle' headline...

    by IncredibleYoda

    "Iron Man found drunk and passed out in Franklin Richards' bed."

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Babyshamble

    The last name I was expecting to see but fuck yeah! Downey Jr is one of my favourite actors of all time and I can't wait for Zodiac and Fur. I thought they weren't gonna go with cruise because he was too old and then they cast someone older. Guess Cruise is officially too mental

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:38 a.m. CST

    awesome casting decision

    by waggy

    it's been a while since i've seen a super-hero role cast this on-the-nose. could marvel have their first great non-x/non-spider franchise?

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Some points i'd like to make

    by RickSlamu2

    First off i had no clue why in the hell they picked Downey untill i read the "method acting' quote from some one elses post. This isn't going to be IRON MAN-as-superhero movie. It's going to be the IRON MAN-AS-BOOZE-ADDLED-JOKE movie. Or whatever substance Downey would like to try to get "INTO" the role. I WILL MAKE A PRIDICTION/BET RIGHT HERE AND NOW AT AICN!!! DOWNEY WILL GO BACT IN TO HEAVY REHAB DURING OR RIGHT AFTER THIS FILL HAS FINISHED SOOHING!!!! As for him looking like Tony, Maby if he was anorexic! (Once again i know my spelling sux, DEAL WITH IT!!!) Now to the less glaring stuff. Downey as a billonare ladies man? Hell Steal James Spader off of BOSTON LEGAL and dye his hair black. I could go on but it's late im tired and thought of Downey getting any pussy that isn't drug ridden and skanky is going to kill any boners i'll have for the next 5 days!!! Night all :) !!!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:42 a.m. CST

    I just saw Kiss Kiss Bang Bang...

    by Drworm2002

    ...great fucking movie, adn great fuckign choice.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Man, that is a great fucking choice...

    by LeiaDown&FuckHer

    Ballsy too. My interest level in this movie just got raised considerably. I mean I'm an Iron Man fan, but gotta admit I wasn't an optomistic one when it came to the upcoming movie, but damn, this is a hell of a piece of casting. If all their choices are this smart and ballsy then we might really be onto something after all...

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Too Old and not attractive enough

    by Darth_Scotsman

    Matthew Fox....Matthew Fox....Godammit!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:25 a.m. CST

    The most courageous and out-of-left-field casting

    by PadewanKlaatu

    since Hugh Jackman as Wolverine - this will rock . . . now, for the casting of Rhodey . . .

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Don't want to jinx it...

    by NapalmSon

    But this is the most positive talkback on AICN I've ever read. Usually this place is generally a pit of venomous bile. As a long time lurker, I have to admit I'm very impressed. Same goes for this casting choice. As many others have already said, Bravo. By the way, love the guy three or four spaces above me who admitted his spelling was atrocious and than admonished everyone else to just "deal with it." How about you be the one to deal with it? A remedial English class and a spellchecker might be a good start.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Downey as Jesus

    by Staldo

    Is my memory poor, or did Downey appear as Jesus in an ABC miniseries/movie? I can't find it ANYWHERE and I'm pretty positive I've seen it. It was awful and I can understand why he'd strike it from his IMDB credits.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Heres to good actors getting big budget roles

    by IndustryKiller!

    Robert Downey Jr has been en fuego lately. Just one fantastic performance after the next. While he may not immediately pop to mind when thinking of Iron Man I think he is more than qualified to play the role and Im a picky mother fucker.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Very Good

    by LastButNotLeastNinja

    I think the irony here is great. Remember the whole failed actor portraying a Robocop like character bit in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang? Anyway definately looking forward to this!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Too Soon!!

    by BeeRock

    The world is not ready for this yet.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Okay, Yup, I'm There

    by YND

    I know Downey's worked pretty consistently even through the dark years, but it was really with KISS KISS BANG BANG and SCANNER DARKLY that I remembered how awesome he is onscreen. The guy just registers in a way that very few contemporary actors do. Suddenly excited in this one. And who knew there were so many other RD Jr. fans out there? Very cool.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Never would have even considered Downey

    by Lone Fox

    Great choice

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 3:12 a.m. CST


    by Call me Kenneth

    Ed Begley Jr, I can see, but Downey?!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Everyone's oh so fucking smart

    by deanamatronix

    taking shots at the guy for troubled past. Fact of the matter is, he's a Hollywood actor, and you're all just a buch of faceless internet losers.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 3:26 a.m. CST

    After Johnny Depp, Robert is the BEST!!!

    by GalactusZ

    Depp and Downey are the two best actors in America today, great casting choice. Oh, and thank GOD they didn't cast Tom Cruise, THANK GOD!!! One more thing, FUCK Sean Penn too, overrated hack.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Absolutely GENIUS bit of casting

    by Steve Rogers

    Best bit of comic book casting work since Christian Bale got in the Batsuit. I hope to Christ this is true because he would be PERFECT. Props to Favreau there.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Un-mitigated disaster!

    by grey101010

    This is an un-mitigated disaster! I cant think of anyone worse to play Tony Stark than Robert Downey Junior? WTF was Marvel thinking!?!? When I think of Tony Stark I think machoism, intellect, and a stern back-bone. Do any of us think of any of those things when we think of Robert Downey Junior? The little creep is a 5'9"! Robert Downey Junior, a super-hero? Larger than life? It's incomprehensible. Will they shoot the movie from the inevitable drug-rehab clinic which Downey will eventually end up in? This casting now tells me how much money and energy Marvel is willing to spend on this movie...none. Is this really the first choice the head-honchos at Marvel wanted? I cant imagine the producers at Marvel were sitting around one day, and Robert Downey Junior was the first person who came to their minds. I had high hopes for this movie. Now I know it will be trash.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 3:47 a.m. CST

    So what if Downey is only 5' 9"?

    by GalactusZ

    Doesn't matter, that's why he has that suit. LOL!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Great great great

    by peterhengl

    Downey Jr. is teh cool - I completely agree with everyone. Favs will do it. This could really become a great movie. I'm very positive.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 4:04 a.m. CST


    by simongarth2001

    Count me in. Now if they can just get a great script and the suit right. No ultimate style for me. Gotta go classic style suit, then build to something wild. Dont start off with it.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 4:32 a.m. CST

    God Bless You, Jon

    by BirdMcMonster

    RDJr - Playboy, baby. Right down to the substance abuse. If directing is 70% casting (debatable, but likely), the sky's the limit with this one. I'm paying.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 5:33 a.m. CST


    by antonphd

    The reason everyone is excited about RDJ as Ironman is because 1) he's a the fucking shit and we'll watch him read a phone book 2) it would be a 2nd rate batman movie if they cast a model 3) robert downey jr is real and so is stark and that's why the casting is perfectly inspired. Ironman could so easily be seen as a rediculous Power Rangers/Batman Ripoff/Robocop piece of shit... but they are going a whole other route with it and it's not just going to work but it's going to be amazing. Sure, back before batman was big, i would have cast Tom Selleck as Tony Stark. But today it would just be a ripoff of Batman. They need to make sure that when the suit is off that the person is interesting. THAT is what RDJ brings to Ironman that makes us all cheer! Ironman is only as interesting as the reasons Tony Stark puts on the suit. That's why we need RDJ. Fucking best fucking news since I've read this site all these years!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Of course... Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    by antonphd

    is my favorite movie of all time. so. you know what i feel of Robert Downey Jr. hey, now both him and Val will have played superheros. hehe. poor Val. he got stuck in the one with nipples. lol. oh. i want Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2 so bad, just to hear the behind the scenes teasing on this subject between those two. lol.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Hey CTU Mole

    by sopranopants

    Fuck you. Everyone makes mistakes, and he's tried his best to make up for his. Ever had to cope with alcoholism or drug addiction? No I didn't think so you sanctimonious prick. Now. Downy as Iron Man? Hell yes I can see that, that is inspired casting, the man is a vast reservoir of talent and it's about time he got recognised

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 5:58 a.m. CST

    I LOVE this casting decision!

    by brokentusk

    I never would have even considered Robert Downey to be in consideration for the role. This is probably the smartest and most daring (but perfect) bit of casting I've seen since Christian Bale was cast as Bruce Wayne. I'm not the biggest IRON MAN fan, but I know the character of Tony Stark, and I know that Robert Downey Jnr. is, like Johnny Depp before PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN, an extremely talented actor that hasn't yet been cast in a big event film - I can't wait to see how this turns out. Jon Favreau, you now have my attention.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Well Played

    by stlfilmwire

    Good choice. Now don't make the costume look as shitty as the Green Goblin or Doctor Doom masks. It better look so much freaking better than those.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Makes sense...

    by Anna Valerious

    Though I still want to see Tony as a hilarious drunk ala "ToyFare".

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 7:10 a.m. CST

    This has moved from my don't give a toss pile

    by Lost Prophet

    into the might see it. I'll watch anything with Downey in it. <p> BringingSexyBack, are you Brokebackcowboy in disguise? you post the same way he used to.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 7:22 a.m. CST


    by Ricky Henderson

    Downey should be great at doing the whole tormented Tony Stark thing. Best casting since they made Charles Heston Moses! :)

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 7:26 a.m. CST

    The hairs on my arms stood on end...

    by workshed

    Could this be the best casting decision all year..? Certainly the most mature one since Bill Bixby was given a shot at David Banner. Nice one Mr.Favreau. You just made a lot of fan-boys very happy. Now go away and don't come back till you have made the best superhero movie in the history of cinema.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 7:38 a.m. CST

    It was the multiple short posts and a three word name

    by Lost Prophet

    sorry about that. <p> I thought he got banned for some ridiculously offensive anti-zion rant involving goy's, anchorites' sister's arse, how zionists are destroying the world, and bush being a cunt. <p> loads of people seem to have been axed in that TB. Now, if they will only ban zfisk and the shill-shit-sites brigade then it will all be better.<p> and fix the TB, of course.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Downey is a perfect fit!

    by waites

    I am jumping up and down about this news. Downey will be so perfect it is mindblowing. And one thing the geeks here need to know.. there are alot of Downey fans who will go see this movie who would never have gone to see this kind of movie. Ok I will confess... I am only seeing this movie because of Downey being in it. And I am sure I am not the only one. The only other casting in the past that comes anywhere near as perfect is Michael Keaton as Batman. That was perfect. He was the awesome. Downey will be in the same class. I cannot believe that the powers to be in Hollywood finally got something right!! AMEN!!!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 7:47 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack, re: Jim Caviezel

    by foree forehead

    i think he'd be better as banner: what do you think? dalton circa rocketeer WAS tony stark but i'm optimistic about this choice.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by The Cabin Boy

    Kick ass choice, Favs! Aged, but still youthfull -- I think that was the criteria. And Downey nails it. I agree Terrence Howard would have been cool too, but I think Downey's perfect.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 8:05 a.m. CST

    I'm just glad it isn't Tom Cruise

    by SpyGuy

    Remember when the Tom Cruise rumors as Iron Man were circulating? Dodged a serious bullet there.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 8:10 a.m. CST

    "tom cruise"

    by foree forehead

    what a silly name.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Will Elton John be doing the voice when he's in suit?

    by The Equalizer

    I want looooove, just a different kind...

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Nicely done

    by ByTor

    This absolutely works for me. Never would've thought of it in a million years, but as soon as I read the news it just clicked into place. For all of you who, if you can't see RDJr playing a somewhat-self-centered playboy type with substance abuse issues, ethics issues, and heart problems then you're just not trying.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 8:21 a.m. CST


    by seoulstice


  • Sept. 29, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST

    RDJr won't be available for WEIRD SCIENCE 2

    by durhay

    anytime soon.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Is this Bizarro Iron Man?

    by Kirk's Toupee

    I'm with Vern on this one. What a weird choice. Well as long as he casts Matthew McConaughey as John Carter I don't care what he does with Iron Man.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 8:35 a.m. CST

    I like it!

    by brycemonkey

    Yeah, he's a good choice. And he has more acting chops than most (I'm looking at you jabberwookie). And if you don't like it? Hey, at least it isn't Nic Cage!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 8:34 a.m. CST

    would they be better off...

    by foree forehead

    ..having crimson dynamo or obadiah stane as the primary villain and introducing (setting up) mandarin for the 2nd movie?

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 8:52 a.m. CST

    I LOVE IT!

    by YO MOM'S GOAT

    I like the casting. And whoever that guy was who posted in the BLACK up there, Tony Stark is not some sniveling sheepish verclempt sorta guy. He's a multi-millionaire industrialist. You don't have success in the world of munitions by being a limp wrist. Yeah, I said it. You read it. Tony Stark's a big enough man he can get a woman pregnant by staring at her.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Great Choice

    by godzillasushi

    Verrrry unexpected, but awesome!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 9:07 a.m. CST


    by ScottE

    Took me a second to picture it, but yeah, I think this is a pretty good casting, because Downey can act. Not that we need to see too much acting, the action scenes will be CGI and he'll wear an Iron mask. But Downey could pull off a very different and contemporary Tony Stark. This is at least as cool as Christian Bale as Batman. Real actors as Superheroes, sounds fine with me.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 9:18 a.m. CST

    This is genius

    by stvnhthr

    Robert will be perfect. He can sell a man fighting addiction with ease. It is awesome to see he can use that troubled part of his life to further his craft.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 9:21 a.m. CST

    RDJr is cool!

    by YO MOM'S GOAT

    I liked Kiss Kiss Bang Bang especially when he got bang banged by Val Kilmer in the tush in one of the cut scenes in the "extras" session. But he will make a good Iron Man. I love Iron Man. I love it. Love him. Love them. I'm physically infatuated with this decision. Oh, and its too soon because RDJr is a sexy tomboy beanpole with flaming nipples.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 9:38 a.m. CST

    This is great news!

    by parker.ny

    I never would have thought of casting RDJr in this part, but as soon as I read it I knew this was going to be awesome.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Corporate Casting = Robert Downey Junior

    by Ringwearer9

    "Well, those Spider Man movies were big, you know? What nerdy, smirky actor can we get, sort of like Toby McGuire, only a little older? Robert Downey Junior? Cool! Now who can we get to play a whiny nag who looks like Kirsten Dunst?"

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST

    The best casting...

    by Abin Sur

    Since Dax Shepard in "Zathura!" Oh wait....I mean WTF?? Being drunk does not good casting make...the only way this would be worse is if Bat-Killer Clooney was gonna wear the suit...

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Mori, have you read the script?

    by Turd Furgusen

    I think this is an excellent choice. The interplay between Howard and Downey could really be something to see, especially in this juicy, geeky setting. I'm just worried that the dialogue could play out a little campy and then we have another Marvel "B" movie. If anyone has a link to the script, I'll be your best friend. I'll even give you my desert from lunch for a week. I'll give you copies of all my notes Biology class too.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Is Iron Man even that frakkin' popular?!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Don't get me wrong, I love RDJr. and I think this is a bit of inspired casting. It reminds me of the approach to "Batman Begins" and how the casting reports generated a lot of positive pre-buzz. Well, for RDJr.'s sake, lets hope the first film is good enough to warrant the assumed sequals.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 10 a.m. CST

    Downey as Iron Man

    by blackwood

    kind reminds me of Keaton as Batman - not what you'd expect, better than you could hope. Beware, geeks: Favs is stock his flick with ACTORS!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Best casting since...

    by chrisd

    Shaq as Steel.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Wanted Viggo Mortenson

    by Trevor Goodchild

    but this is better.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 10:08 a.m. CST

    i think it's a good choice

    by newc0253

    mori's right: downey's a great actor. and who cares what he looks like? if the movie's any good, he'll spend most of his time behind a frickin mask.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Downey was brilliant in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    by moviemaniac-7

    One of the most underrated movies of past years.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST


    by macgruder

    this is going to be so good!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 10:22 a.m. CST

    absolutely neat-O

    by Captain Vidal

    great casting job by the folks at marvel and its director. downey is perfect for the role. can't wait to see what type of supporting cast they put around him.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 10:23 a.m. CST

    But Will Robert Downey Jr. Grow a Mustache?

    by jazzbox2

    ...and if so, how will it look? Will it be, umm, downy?

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Well, at least the alcoholism research is outta the way

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Next they'll cast John Ritter as Deadman.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    PERFECT - i can see the angst and the moustache!

    by Spacesheik

    downey will be great - damn ballsy onconventional choice and a hell of an actor i can see him as a mid aged moustachious tycoon with an alcohol problem

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 10:39 a.m. CST

    RDJ Fear Sobriety

    by Monstar

    Somwhere in a darkened room Affleck lets out a chuckle

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 10:55 a.m. CST


    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    NOW this feels like an official TB!! ^_^

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    TOO LATE!!

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    BeeRock beat me to it; disaster averted.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Downey is a good choice. Interesting.

    by Orbots Commander

    Mel Gibson or Tom Cruise would have been great too and may even have been cast, but at this point I guess they'd have huge salary demands along with their own requisite baggage. Favreu probably chose Downey not only for his acting skills but also because he won't be demanding a $20 Million Dollar salary off the bat. It's a Tobey Maguire type choice.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Best thing about this news...

    by Arch_Stanton

    ... they didn't hire some Gen-X'er. Downey has some mileage on him. He's a legit adult. Shocking.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST

    You know what would be hilarious?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    If RDJr. pulled off that little dance he does in the mall scene from "Weird Science" while wearing the Iron Man suit. That would be the ultimate tip-of-the-hate to Geekdom. *** Ian: This party's lame, Max! Max: What about the girls? Ian: Girls, shmirls!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Jon Favreau raped my childhood!

    by Spinocus

    While Robert Downey Jr. held me down... Wow, what an unbelievably bad casting decision. Ok, first let me say that I truly believe Robert Downey Jr. can effectively portray a tortured man whose life has been deeply affected by substance addiction. After all, RD Jr has been playing that role throughout his entire CAREER. RD JR also seems to have a penchance for playing manic homosexuals but I'm getting off topic... My biggest problem is with RD Jr's ability to portray the man that is Tony Stark. You know, the Tony Stark who braved the jungles of Vietnam to lend his talents to the US war effort against communist hegemony. Yes THAT Tony Stark, the strapping self-made billionaire industrialist and playboy with a face reminiscent of Hollywood's leading men of yesteryear? I simply do not see RD Jr playing a man's man who seeks to defeat the demons of his past from within the confines of a futuristic suit of armor that effectively transforms him into a modern day 'knight in shining armor'. When I think of Tony Stark I think of someone who has the appearance of a young Sean Connery, Errol Flynn or Clark Gable, not some dweeby, shifty eyed freak. It's clear Downey Jr was cast because they're going to seriously play up Stark's substance addiction, oh joy. However, just because a man is an alcoholic doesn't mean he has to resemble a bubbling, effeminate, manic, here-let-me-help-you-with-that-reach-around type of wuss, an archetype RD Jr is so frighteningly good at playing. Sure, Michael Keaton pulled off Batman but it's not as if he didn't have the tools to do the job. Piercing stare, check. Stoic or scowling expression, check. Stern, gruff voice, check. 'Don't f--k with me you criminally insane punk' attitude, check. Keaton had everything needed to play Bruce Wayne except for the healthy hairline and the stature and that was easily compensated for with make-up, wardrobe, camera angles and clever staging. On the other hand Robert Downey Jr. has none of the physical or vocal qualities needed to play Tony Stark. RD Jr. is the furthest thing from a super hero I can think of. Way to go Marvel, rip my favorite super hero a new one so large you could fire a repulsor through it and not hit the sides. If Favreau and Downey Jr. is the best Hollyweird can do for good old shellhead then let this poor hero forever remain in print and animated form. But hey, what do I know? Fantastic Four was a poorly cast and written piece of excrement that did shockingly well at the box office so maybe Favreau's Iron Man has a shot after all. Oh wait, FF was released when there was NOTHING in the theaters that appealed to teenagers and twenty-something geeks. FF succeeded by default, NOT because of the merits of its content. For Warner Bros. sake I hope they have Iron Man lined up for a quirky Fall or Spring release because it will be destroyed during the usual avalanche of Summer and Winter releases. Mark my words, Favreau's Iron Man is going to bomb like Little Boy before a fish head and rice breakfast.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST


    by alienindisguise

    Robert Downey Jr. with Starks pencil thin gay 'stache...oh the horror!!!!!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:07 a.m. CST

    They should've cast...

    by alienindisguise

    Tom Selleck...Magnum PI all the way!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Just as long as...

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    the score includes the title song from the second cartoon: "I AM...I AM IRON MAN...I AM I-YEEERN MAN!!!" ^_^ Don't let me down, Favs! AND FORTIETH!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:27 a.m. CST

    It's always smart to start with a good actor

    by Garbageman33

    You can figure out the rest later. Bulk him up. Slim him down. Whatever. But you can't make Matthew Fox more brooding. You can't make Wes Bentley more expressive. I think too often they start with the look and it's not until later that they figure out if the person can actually pull off the other part. You know, the acting and stuff.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:39 a.m. CST

    So IRON MAN slept with SPIDER-MAN?!

    by skycrapper

    Go rent Wonderboys you'll see...

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:42 a.m. CST

    to those that are talking about the facial hair look

    by JeanLuc Dickhard atleast he can grow it ... no matter what ... the movie has been elevated more than ever before ...long live iron man

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:41 a.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    It's been said already, but I'm totally freaking out at how overwhelmingly positive and amicable this TalkBack has been so far. It's like I stumbled into some sort of Bizarro TalkBack, where most of the posts are reasonable and optimistic. What's going on?!?! But it's pretty cool, so keep up the good work, TalkBack dudes. Hooray Exchange of Ideas!!!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:51 a.m. CST

    tony stark + bobbi fleckman?!

    by foree forehead

    holy shit bsb, but you're right: that's tony stark right there alright. p.s. are they gonna have ghost face killah on the soundtrack? they'd better...

  • Sept. 29, 2006, noon CST

    Now Mandarin suggestions:

    by Orbots Commander

    Ken Watanabe or Chow Yun Fat. Both are mainstream Hollywood actors at this point and familiar to general audiences, so I suspect that one of WILL likely get cast. Since Chow Yun Fat is currently shooting POTC 3, he may have the most 'heat' or 'buzz' at the moment so it may be him.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Best... Casting... Ever

    by Chief Redcock

    This movie has instantly become a must see.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by Imawheel234

    I read this right when I woke up and though it said Harry Connick Jr. This is much better.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Mr. Nice Gaius

    by Turd Furgusen

    We need RDJ to do this scene too. "What you mean, on the telephone?!" That has Tony Stark written all over it. ;)

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by teammember8

    I won't get too excited. They'll probably have Downey handing the (or a) suit over to Will Smith sometime in the middle of part two. They'll fight the villain(s) budd-cop style, Iron Downey will be killed and Iron Smith will vow to avenge him in part 3.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by sokitome

    iron man is not superman or batman...he's an alcaholic egomaniac. someone earlier said iron man was "stern backbone" type...well not really. He's a rich dude with issues but unlike bruce wayne is not the always self assured type. This is PERFECT casting.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by Bruce Leroy

    Inspired casting. I'm officially exited about Ironman now. Robert Downey Jr. is one hell an of an actor! Excellent!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Tony Stark isn't an egomaniac

    by YO MOM'S GOAT

    Will someone please read a comicbook pre-Civil Bore? Iron Man is NOT an egomaniac. Tony Stark is NOT an egomaniac. He's not even so much a playboy. Sure, he's got some women, but he's not anything like Bruce Wayne's public persona. Wayne's persona is of a frat boy. Stark's is of a successful CEO of a multi-national munitions / engineering corporation. He's one of the most RESPECTED men in the Marvel Universe. Captain America RESPECTS AND LOOKS UP TO AND RELIES ON him. How many men does Captain America RESPECT and LOOK UP TO AND RELY ON? This is the worst part about Marvel under Quesada. Loved his work in Iron Man's own title at the start of volume 3 but when he left that to takeover as EIC Marvel turned into crap. Pure crap. Iron Man is a good guy. Gosh darn. I hate you all.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Howard would've been better. This is disappointing.

    by superninja

    Downey is NOT a great choice. Sure, he is a fine actor, and very good at playing characters who are on their way down. But Tony Stark is a Gatsby-type character who has a crisis of conscience and still retains that overall persona. Downey is too old for the part, mousey, not to mention SHORT, and has no real physical presence. Downey can play the Whizzer or the Porcupine. That would be a better choice. :) This kind of sounds like a joke because AICN needs some hits on its page.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Turd Furgusen

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    It's such a classic film. That little dance he does in the mall when the 2 girls aren't looking cracks me up everytime. And let's not forget this classic line: "Do you realize it's snowing in my room, Goddammit???!!!"

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:53 p.m. CST

    This scoop would be much cooler

    by The Funketeer

    This school would be much cooler if we had a picture of the car the Tony Stark will drive in the movie. Or a picture of the craft services truck or something.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Goat, Tony was/is an egomaniac.

    by superninja

    I haven't been reading Civil Bore, but I will take your word that they've played Tony all wrong just to get their "point" across (it's the Nu Marvel way!). However, Tony was/is an egomaniac in my mind. Egomaniacs can still do a lot of good. Tony was always pushing others but hiding personal problems and trying to retain his identity as Iron Man at all costs.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Have you people even seen a Robert Downey Jr movie?

    by Ricky Henderson

    He's perfect for this role. Favreau is definitely trying to establish a good franchise. So far this sounds a lot like Batman Begins. I'm being totally serious. This next statement? Not so much: GEORGE TAKEI for Mandarin!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Iron Man as Po-Mo

    by superninja

    Downey is childlike and emotionally fragile. That is not Stark, I don't care how good of an actor he is. Stark is the overconfident type who things come easily who who takes a fall and engages in some self-examination. He has a strong sense of personal identity and responsibility that pulls him through. Downey plays people who spiral down into decline, because, well, he's familiar with it. In fact, this seems to be sort of mining Downey's own past to make the audience sympathize with the character. Really, kind of trite.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Now if we could just get a little more info on Cap.

    by Shermdawg

    I'm guessin' though, we won't hear anything until Indy 4 comes out ;)

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I'm betting that dollars to donuts that Mandarin

    by Orbots Commander

    won't be Donnie Yen. I can't see Favreau picking him for a large mainstream villain part, and remember, somebody who will be able to stand his opposite both good actors, Robert Downey Jr. and Terrance Howard, without getting figuratively shoved off the screen. Because of Downey and Howard, the villain now needs to be an acting heavyweight as well.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Good, unexpected choice, now for the ARMOR

    by John Dalmas

    I really, really hope the armor is the red and gold 'shellhead' from the 70s and 80s-- no Manga/Transformer style retooling-- make it the classic iconic Iron Man suit.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Who knew Iron Man is really Elton John?

    by Snookeroo

    check it out:

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Once again Jar Jar 4 Pussy...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...I don't know what you're talking about. But since you seem to be so keen on calling me a "nazi" and a sucker of various cocks, you leave me no choice but to own you for the rest of your TB life. Good job, fuck-o.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Flames on the Armor?

    by Ricky Henderson

    That would be ok with everyone here, right?

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:26 p.m. CST

    GEORGE TAKEI for Mandarin!

    by The Dum Guy

    Stark : "Mandarin! It was you the whole time!" Mandarin: "Yeesss." Stark: "Why are grabbing my iron hard ass?"

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Hey "Dum Guy," if you're gonna steal my jokes...

    by Ricky Henderson're better off picking one that I didn't just post 4 comments ago. Just a suggestion. I and I alone lay sole claim to "GEORGE TAKEI FOR MANDARIN!"

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Yeah, this guy has Tony Stark written all over him.

    by superninja,%20Robert Not.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:38 p.m. CST

    In the tradition of casting Emo men as superheroes

    by superninja

    Maybe Jude Law can play a kinder, gentler, Captain America? "Oh, you evil Nazi, you just need a hug!"

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:48 p.m. CST

    some of you seem to have missed the concept of acting

    by oisin5199

    Robert Downey will not be playing himself. He will be playing a role. He's a good actor, so I'm sure he can be bad ass and smart as well as tortured. According to Tv guide, he worked out and grew a goatee to convince Favreau that he could pull off the look. His acting will do the rest. Excellent choice.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Ricky Henderson

    by The Dum Guy

    I never said I was joking, just agreeing with you, and if you think calling dibs on a joke will give you some sense of self worth, then go for it.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST

    ATTN: Fellow TalkBackers

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I implore you to keep on eye on Jar Jar 4 Prez. This little imp has taken to calling me a "nazi" in various TBs because I may have hurt his poor little feelings in some other random discussion. As I'm sure some of you veterans will agree, Jar Jar 4 Pussy is one whiny little bitch and a miserable excuse for a TB handle. So, I thought it best to bring this to your attention with the hope that you will witness his vain attempts at "getting my red up". Are you ready to testify? I also thought it was in your best interest to know that he sucks Ann Coulter's cock. That's right. Ann Coulter has a cock. And Jar Jar 4 Pussy sucks it.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Shitty. Downey Jr is a mugging, overacting, overrated..

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    actor. Wow, wonder if he'll be able to wiggle his face and act haltingly in that iron suit.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST

    YO MOM'S GOAT: Get real

    by ByTor

    Before you ask if anyone has read the comic, and tell them to try reading before some current lame-o storyline, perhaps you should try reading some from before, say, 1995. Stark has traditionally had quite the ego.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:50 p.m. CST


    by TheResident

    watch this IRON MAN figure, can definetly see robert in here! if they can nail this Iron Man armor on film im gonna wet myself

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2 p.m. CST

    Fair enough, Dum Guy

    by Ricky Henderson

    You're right Dum Guy, there's no need for a territorial dispute over a joke. You can have the joke monday through thursdays and I'll get the joke fridays and weekends. Deal?

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:01 p.m. CST

    but, Ricky

    by The Dum Guy

    what about holidays?

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Dum Guy, re:Holidays

    by Ricky Henderson

    I get the joke on the federal holidays, you get it on religious holidays. Custody on overlapping holidays shall be determined by a naked wrestling match. Sound good?

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:16 p.m. CST

    This won't make it to a second or third film

    by ejcarter9

    Iron Man just doesn't have the audience that Spiderman and the X-Men have. This is going to be another Daredevil (which wasn't too bad, really). It's going to take a HELL of an interesting movie, like Blade 1 was, to keep a franchise going.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:19 p.m. CST

    sure, but

    by The Dum Guy

    I claim any Chinese holidays, like New Years (and I'll also take Jewish holidays).

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:19 p.m. CST

    How many times will.....

    by ImJustABill

    Production be put on hold due to him going in and out of rehab????

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Fine fine fine.... you can have the Jewish holidays

    by Ricky Henderson

    Even though Judaism is more of a neurosis than a belief system (I'm half a jew so I can get away with saying that). Anyway, Dum Guy, Rosh Hashanah doesn't officially begin until sundown (I'm on the east coast) so technically, the joke is mine for roughly 3 more hours. GEORGE TAKEI FOR MANDARIN!!!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by Ricky Henderson

    ...and happy Rosh Hashanah!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but you know there's going to be...

    by ejcarter9

    ... the finale where he's in his armor but the helmet's all busted up or whatnot so we get to see his angry, brooding face. Or he has to take it off to see something because he doesn't believe it, or who the hell knows, but the mask/helmet WILL be off at the end, you wait.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:42 p.m. CST

    When I saw The Shaggy Dog

    by Quin the Eskimo

    I thought, damn that Robert Downey Jr. should be Iron Man. I think it'll make an interesting movie, which is more then I can say about 90% of the movies coming out. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but won't Terrence Howard's character take over the suit someday, and If either one of those characters delivers the opening dialogue from Hustle and Flow, bout, pink hardon's while in captivity I will buy 100 copies of the DVD

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 2:50 p.m. CST


    by TheResident

    then all the nerd fans sites in the world will collectively EXPLODE

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Downy is wrong for this part

    by Gorrister

    Daredevil and Catwoman should have taught studios that 'big name' celebrities don't make good superheroes these days. At least, not when they are THE title character. And how do they play to secure Downy for any sequels? If Iron Man is a hit, Downy is going to make them pay through the teeth (if they aren't already) to sign him up.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Fuckin' A's Hells Yeah!!!

    by SouthSide_2010

    It's about goddamn Mothafuckin' time a great casting choice has been made in Hollywood. I'm happy that this shit is happening, because Downey is one of those actor you just never get tired of and I hope he knocks the role out of the park.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Emo Superheroes - it's tired.

    by superninja

    Tony is supposed to be an alpha male. He's supposed to be the kind of guy that would make NOW write angry letters to the production demanding they have a sensitivity consultant.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Hey Gorrister,

    by mrfan

    Downey has more talent in his left nut than Affleck and Berry combined in their whole bodies. I think it is a great choice. Hopefully the suit and script can be good. I am actually excited about this one.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Right on, harrysuxafatone!!

    by Ribbons

    *Real* macho men get dressed with the lights on. Or something...

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Timothy Dalton IS Iron Man!!!!

    by Mace13

    This guy would have been absolutely perfect for the role. At least 10 or so years ago. I dunno how he's looking now because I haven't seen him in anything in awhile. But there is still the possibility that he could have done it. Every time I saw him in a movie i'd think of Tony Stark. I dare you to say he wouldn't have ruled in this role.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 4:04 p.m. CST

    That was fast. It's dead already.

    by Darksider

    Wow. What a horrible choice. What is he, like 50? Maybe 15 years ago we he wasn't phoning it in and when he WAS on drugs. Seriously, could you ever have imagined Robert Downey Jr. in the Iron Man armor hanging with Captain America? Jesus Christ. Is Paul Reubens available?

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 4:16 p.m. CST

    amazingly surprised

    by smackfu

    they didn't cast some douchebag like Ben Afleck or Will Smith. RDJ isn't exactly one of my favorite actors, but I'm at least glad I get to watch an *actor* play Iron Man than a cookiecutter 20 year old prettyboy.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 4:22 p.m. CST

    "Instead of trying to post something witty"

    by Ribbons

    Well I can't touch lines like "go get your dollar and a six pack," but you can't blame a guy for trying. Just trying to lighten the mood, douchebag. Also, I'm not sure what the clothes Downey wears in real life have to do with his qualifications for playing Iron Man, regardless of how "metro" or outrageous they look. Then again, you're the one with the rapier wit, so please enlighten us.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by BannedOnTheRun

    Downey is friends with Mel Gibson, and he's the world's worst anti-Semite! Boycott!!!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 4:46 p.m. CST

    RD JR....

    by alienindisguise

    is gonna be drunk on set.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Thank God

    by Yamato

    They cast a man, and a good actor to boot. I am so sick of boys or boish men, being cast to play the Marvel Super heros. Makes me think there is some hope in hollywood

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST

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    by Frank The Rabbit


  • Sept. 29, 2006, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I better see some sweet moustache action.

    by Sir HickoryBeans McCrackin

    that's right. moustache. i went there.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 5:25 p.m. CST

    So the main criticisms of Downey are...

    by NapalmSon

    1.) He's got some kind of "gayness" vibe to him. 2.) He was a drug-addict. 3.) He has poor fashion sense. Man, what damning critiques. When I first read the news I became excited because RD Jr. was an extremely gifted actor. What a fool I was.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 5:38 p.m. CST


    by Turd Furgusen

    Anyone who grew up during the Hughs era of films better have "Weird Science" down as a classic. All I have to say is, "Chicks can't hold the smokes, that's what it is!" Now what is all this about with Jar Jar? Judging from what I've read from him. One could ask him, "Over-react much?". Anyway, if anyone including could give a link to the script, it would be much appreciated. I just want to see what kind of dialogue Howard and Downey have to play with. It could really make or break the film.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Now can we get a role for Andy Dick

    by Garbageman33

    Then, we can build a treatment center right on the set. It'll save lots of time that way.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Great, a drunk playing a drunk

    by Darth Rose

    What a stretch. You people confound me. You praise "actors" like tom cruise. You praise drug addicts and alchoholics like downey. What a load of crap. How many "regular" people get out of prison to do work? None. This loser needs to be thrown to the side. What's the matter Hollywood? Don't have any men left? Maybe if you would figure out who to actually cast as Iron Man. 10 years ago Timothy Dalton would have been perfect. Now, we get this crap. I'm as excited about this at Hulk 2!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 6:54 p.m. CST

    what's the deal with this talkback?

    by waggy

    it went from incredibly positive last night, to incredibly negative today. do bitchy fanboys go to bed early or something?

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I'm with SUPERNINJA on this one.

    by Kuj

    What's with the pussyfication of hero's? Emo-softies. And I've always thought the whole Iron Man character was kinda lame to begin with. A rich alcoholic who's powers come from his suit? Sh1t, man, anybody with that suit could be a hero. Cap had the serum (aka HGH) but he had to fight the Nazi hordes. Iron Man fights some cheesy chinese old guy, who's powers come from rings! Without their bling these guys are weak.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 7:34 p.m. CST

    FLAME ON!!!!

    by YO MOM'S GOAT

    Superninja... hiding your own faults and demanding a lot from others doesn't make you an egomaniac. It makes you a human being. I've read every Iron Man comic ever published ever. So whoever that crazy one armed midget was who said that I should read something before 1995... a simple math lesson. 1963 < 1995. Scoreboard you silly little red headed hooligan. And who said something about RDJr sucking a guys dick and demanding respect? I like RDJr. I think he can pull the character off. I didn't say he as a normal joe would demand Caps respect, only that Tony Stark does. Its called acting. You know, you guys are good at it. You act like little bitches all the time. Now shape up or Superninja will hit you with his prosthetic yanker. Wooo hooooooooo!!!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by Chadillac69

    I went from, ehhh maybe Favs can pull it off with somebody to WOW- CAN'T FUCKING WAIT! RDjr is so ballsily terrific. The mere fact that Favs wasn't pushed into getting somebody under 30 alone gets me juiced- Robert Downey Jr. is such a great actor! Now if the story can hold up I'll be very excited. Not a big fan of the Mandarin (like a gay Red Skull) but in FAVS I TRUST!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 7:45 p.m. CST

    But... but...

    by Ribbons

    Methadone is a hard drug to kick! Also, there was no "poor me" schtick in my last post. Also, that's the only thing you chose to respond to? Whatever dude. But you know what you're talking about; after all, you really have my number with that whole methadone thing.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 7:43 p.m. CST

    My God. 95% agree on a superheroes casting.

    by IndustryKiller!

    Casting history has been made. The studio has to be eccstatic about this response. I say good for Downey, he's a very easy actor to get behind and I'm glad it looks like hes finally put his personal problems behind him. Now he can settle in to the excellent career he deserves.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Iron Man & Batman

    by ZeroCorpse

    They're mirror images of each other. Tony Stark is a millionaire playboy who pretends to be a stoic badass when he's in his superhero guise. Bruce Wayne is a stoic badass who pretends to be a millionaire playboy when he's in his non-superhero guise. With that in mine, Downey is the BEST CHOICE. Now, who is playing the Mandarin? (confirmed- last I heard- as the villain in the first movie)

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Will he be forced to go down on Dudes?

    by Damer1

    To pay off old debts. Just Wondering.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Eric Bana is Iron Man

    by Damer1

    He didn't even have a chance with that dog of an Ang Lee piece of trash.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 8:52 p.m. CST

    waggy - BITCHY FANBOYS

    by antonphd

    and you my sir, have hit the nail on the head. yes. bitchy fanboys do have an early bedtime. they have to get up early for school the next day, you know. thought still, this is the single most positive response for any internet entertainment news ever. and well deserved.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    Darth Rose - FUCK YOU ASSHOLE

    by antonphd

    I'm glad you're so perfect. You know... he did drugs... what's the big fucking deal?! People get drunk. People get fat. People sit and watch TV all night long. People play WOW and lose their jobs. Get a clue. People get addicted to shit. Big fucking deal! You want to throw away someone because they fucked up. Get the fuck out of these TB you arrogant son of a bitch! Movies are for people who are flawed... without flaws... there are no stories to tell. If you can't get over a story tellers flaws(and it's not like he hurt anyone but himself) then you don't get stories. Now go back to watching your illigal child or animal porn you are probably addicted to. Being an amazing actor despite his fuckups is why we all especially like Robert Downey Jr. Pretending to be perfect and knowing it all is why we DON'T like Tom Cruise. Please don't put them in the same category ever again.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 9:16 p.m. CST

    an excellent casting choice and some idiotic replies

    by omarthesnake

    Really, the whiners and haters are comical. This is a DAMNED good actor, and one who has lived the life of his character (the troubled addict part, not the punching Chinese warlords part, near as i know). Bravo. We coulda had one of the American Pie guys in this role if it were up to the studio, or up to you morons who want to do nothing but tear this man down.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Tony Spark a match and light that weed!

    by Orionsangels

    That drug addict is gonna be Tony Stark?

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Downey was da bomb in "The Pick-up Artist",

    by half vader


  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:02 p.m. CST

    regarding talent...

    by thebearovingian

    I must disagree with the comment about RD Jr having more talent in his left nut than Affleck and Halle have in their entire bodies. With all due respect, there is no greater talent than that which resides within Halle's breasts!

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Uhhhhhh, no.

    by Chest_Rockwell

    I can't see the dorky kid from "Back to School" being iron man. Downey = this phails.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Vern, Downey could kick your ass up & down the street!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    That motherfucker is vicious. Take your best shot, bud...

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Yes, well, I had hoped Dustin Diamond would get it

    by GaiustheBrave

    He's so Tony Stark.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Do people really like Iron Man?

    by INWOsuxRED

    Marvel seems really anxious to put out a bunch of movies for horrible characters I hate. Silver Surfer, Namor, Ghost Rider, and Iron Man? So at this rate, we can expect Power Pack, Speedball, and She-Hulk by 2010 (not to mention Benifer 2.0 threatening another Daredevil/Electra movie...oh the horror). I guess I find Downey interesting, but I hate Iron Man. If they do Iron Man "wrong", I will probably like it more than if they stay true to it. The dinner for five guy is okay in my book, and I wish him luck. If this is a good movie, I'll be pleasantly suprised when I watch it for the first time on HBO. The only reason I would consider seeing this in a theater is for Downy. Batman and Spider-Man, I'm looking forward to. Iron Man? Not so much.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Good Call

    by RowanM

    My face lit up when I read the name. Downey Jr is a great actor. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was a great movie. Inspired casting.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Downey worked out and grew a mustache to get the part

    by Zardoz

    apparently, he was very aggressive in trying for the role. I think it's a good choice for the part; Downey's a great actor and I think he'll pull it off...

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 2:15 a.m. CST


    by DforDandetta

    Matthew Fox as Tony Stark.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Terrence Howard was up for War Machine, not Iron Man

    by KillingJoke

    He might still be involved, why are people saying he should have been Stark? Now who's playing the Mandarin? Because that could really make or break this. Hope it's someone good because I'm more interested now than when I was referring(sp?) to this as Iron Zathura.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Don't Fuck With The Iron

    by Blaquesmith

    I HOPE sincerely that Downey will do great as Tony Stark, he's a good actor and he can do it. But, to Favreau: DON'T FUCK WITH THE IRON MAN PLEASE, we've eaten enough crap lately with superhero movies... Just don't do this movie turn to another shit...

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 5:14 a.m. CST

    To all those slagging Downey about his past

    by NapalmSon

    You're ignorant. The majority of medical community consider addiction to be a disease. What's next, trashing Magic Johnson for having HIV? Also, it always disturbs and pisses me off the way people so readily dehumanize someone who has dealt with or is actively dealing with an addiction. The person is treated as though they have no past, no family, no hopes, or any worth at all as a human being. They're just a "filthy junkie". It's depressing.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Damned Good Choice

    by bloorstreet

    Given that superhero movies and other big budget flicks haven't made the kind of money that a Spiderman 2 made, combined with the fact that Iron Man isn't an instantly recognizable character, my sense is that exceptionally strong acting will be the one thing that can bring people to the theatres. Because of this, Robert Downey Jr. is a kick ass choice for Tony Stark and I am well pleased!

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 9:56 a.m. CST

    this is not a good choice!

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    i have never liked this guy in any movie. i guess we will have a smarmy self important jerk as tony stark. well that kinda fits. but remember when most people thought timothy dalton would be a perfect tony stark? yeah, wimpy heroin boy looks sooo much like that. geez, what about the bully from the karate kid for thor while we are at it.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Perfect. Perfect. Perfect.

    by Pabodie

    I wish this was Iron Mail. Love ya Robert.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Turd Furgusen, BringingSexyBack, et al.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    You will not find ANYTHING in any TB that supports Jar Jar 4 Prez's allegations. He's just being a brat because I've picked on him elsewhere. Normally, I don't do this. However, Jar Jar is a grenade-throwing troll who likes to pop into TBs and snipe at people. As a consequence, I've made a marginal effort to take as many jibes at Jar Jar as I see fit. I do so because I find it amusing = he has absolutely nothing constructive to say. Now, as for this "nazi/racist" accusation, I really have no idea where this comes from. Like I said, you will NEVER find a statement from me anywhere on AICN that supports this. But Jar Jar seems to think I was taking sides (or something) with someone he was flaming in another TB. Therefore, I suppose I'm lumped in with whatever poor sod he was trying to slam. WHATEVER!!! I'm pretty sure that all I told him to do was shut the fuck up and go back to his hole. The fact of the matter is that he's a silly troll who deserves the dubious distinction of being ranked among the likes of Ginger Twit, zfisk/homewrecker, and Ringy.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 12:31 p.m. CST

    You guys are high...

    by Jaka

    ....I read this on Yahoo News yesterday and it made no mention of you have an "exclusive".

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 12:30 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    You hate Polynesians??? HOLY SHIT!!!

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Make a Captain America movie before Iron Man

    by Orionsangels

    They're starting to squeeze every bit of superhero franchise they can now. Soon The Atom movie. Sub-Mariner. Plastic Man. Hawkman, Giganta, lol.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST

    I think Downey is high, har har!

    by Orionsangels


  • Sept. 30, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Oh gee. Or was it

    by Jaka

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 4:06 p.m. CST

    We Ran It First

    by drew mcweeny

    Our story was up before either trade could confirm, and that MTV story you linked to just uses THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER as a source. It was our scoop. We had it online well before anyone else. And in the future, when you see people cry about stolen content, just remember how many places actually linked back to where the story broke, and how many did not. Same as it ever was.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 4:11 p.m. CST

    "Same as it ever was"?????????????

    by Bob Cryptonight

    You guys barely even try anymore!

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Downey= the Michael Keaton syndrome?

    by Exeter

    He could be good, definitely has more acting-chops than is required for a superhero movie, but let's all be honest, for superhero moviess we want the actor to look as CLOSE to the real guy in the funny pages as he can, yep it's shallow to basse it on looks but for comicbook hero films, the guy has to have some resemblance, even if not perfet. Downey frankly looks like a half-puerto-rican/half Keanu Reeves type person, not the burt-reynolds/pierce brosnan looking Tony Stark? This is the Michael Keaton syndrome , casting a good actor who doesn't really look the part, at the time of this relesae i'm sure downey will kick it out of the ball park, but years from nnow whenn the film ages the reality will set in. We need a Christian Bale to be Iron Man, not a Michael Keaton.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 5:01 p.m. CST

    He'll do a good job

    by amrisharmpit

    I've heard the secret of comic-book movies is that you don't cast the superhero, you cast the alter ego. That's where the actor can really shine. When you think about it, the audience isn't even going to see Downey as Iron Man - it will be stunt doubles and CGI. But as Tony Stark, Downey will immerse himself in the role and give a great performance.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by Zeldas

    I hate Downey Jr. He plays the same person in every movie. Seriously.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 7:48 p.m. CST

    attn jaka

    by sounding

    we posted the story 25 hours before yahoo. look at their timestamp before whining incorrectly...

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 8:03 p.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack I Actually 100% Agree On Jim Caviezel

    by The Ender

    I think that would have been absolute perfect casting. Downey I think can do it, but I would much rather have seen Jim Caviezel get picked for this role. I think he is a bit under rated.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Why didn't Jon Favreau credit AICN for breaking the

    by INWOsuxRED

    story in his myspace post? YOU STOLE THAT FROM AICN, JON FAVREAU! I bet you never pay for your movie dinners either.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Rosario Dawson Casting!!!

    by rightarm4Rosario

    Rosario Dawson as Pepper Potts??? Another actress who would be great in some role, any role, would be Sarah Polley ...

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 11:13 p.m. CST

    No subject...but this is a subject....oooh

    by Subculture

    Eastfist, last thing we need is Nicholas Cage in another film. It's bad enough he's in as many as he currently is. Good casting with Downey in this part. For Mandarin....that dude rom Big Trouble in Little China ;) "Shut up Mr Burton! You were not brought upon this world to get it!" ...ahhh memories haha

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 12:48 a.m. CST


    by The Ender

    I am glad I am not alone in liking Sarah Polley. I have a crush on her right after she called that guy in Dawn of The Dead a "Dick". Actually....that means there is competition. SO FUCK OFF!

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 1 a.m. CST

    Martin Freeman as Homer Spaulding

    by teammember8

    An Ambush Bug movie starring Simon Pegg would be a nice cap to this present superhero craze.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Terrence Howard has the Tony Stark vibe, RDJ does not.

    by superninja

    Metro, by the way, does not mean gay. It means an extremely vain straight man who can out chick a chick. Metro superhero, por ejemplo? Booster Gold.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 2:04 a.m. CST

    When are we going to get a REALLY GOOD

    by superninja

    superhero film? Someone who actually takes advantage of the medium and stops playing around in the recycle bin?

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Remember Keaton?

    by sevadro

    Downey will finally prove that you don't need some muscle-head to make it real-real.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Whoever plays iron man will have to be pretty skinny!

    by damned-dirty-ape

    Look at how skinny Peter Weller is, but when he put on the Robocop suit, he was fucking massive. If Downey Jr bulked up, he would look ridiculous when the suit went on. It would be far too bulky

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 5:20 a.m. CST

    Caviezel dammit!!!

    by DarthBakpao

    I was hoping for Caviezel to get the role, he would be perfect. If they are not afraid to cast someone this old (Downey Jr.), considering there would be sequels, then why not Caviezel as SUPERMAN?? Just pretend Superman Returns didn't happen, it's not too late...

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Sperderman 3 will

    by emeraldboy

    I believe Change how we look at Heroes. Rumours are that the 4th villian is Spiderman himself and that parker loses the battle within. The days of the Patroic hero is over. I remember the mauling that End of Days got becuase arnie being a patriot was never allowed to play a flawed hero. yet bruce willis just about carried it off. 16 blocks was not a perfect film. So I think it is a good to cast some in the role of a flawed hero someone who has flaws. There is nothing wrong with that.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 9 a.m. CST

    This is casting is so money and he doesn't even know it

    by Reasonaxe

    Hell Yeah

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Poor decision. I have lost all faith.

    by JDanielP

    No longer excited. And that's sad because I... was... a fan.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by emeraldboy

    It had all the elements of comic book film and had a character whos whole fantasy world was based on comic books and he happened to be a very obsessive man with a patholicag need to test . At the end, though, night, who must have seen this movie at test screening, got so exasperated at the audiences inability to think at his very high level, that he gave the audience what they wanted. Which was an explanation. During the entire film it looked as though Bruce was Heroic but it was explained at the end that this was at Sam Jackson's doing. That werent superhuman feats they were more like tests. and the only weakness that Willis had in the movie was fear of water. Unbreakable is more a supernatural/spiritual movie but it has a comic book theme running through it. You see M nights downfall has been his utter arrogance and refusal "explain his films to anyone" bar himself.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Great Casting!

    by R H S C

    I'm liking this idea. Terrence Howard would have been an even more interesting choice, but Robert Downey Jr. is just as good. Jim Caviezel might have worked, but this is better. Adriana Lima as Wonder (teen) Woman, ehhhh, I say keep looking.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 10:01 a.m. CST

    It seems to me that

    by emeraldboy

    No matter what Movie Marvel makes. No matter which cast they choose, who they get to write there films, who produce, they are on to a loser. Turning Marvel into a film company has been it seems, something of a disaster for the company. There are dreams and then there is reality. I have no interest in seeing The punisher, the trailer was enough, and it was as rotten as crate load of rotten tomatoes. These movies have alieniated the lovers of the comic books. There is a thing called artistic licence. the exception has been Spiderman. but again, there are those who cant stand the movies. Who think maguire is all wrong for the role of peter parker. there are those despise Kirsten Dunst and come on to this give out about how ugly she is. They go on about how fat Brryce dallas Howard is. or how wrong a person is for a role and that he actor in question, might be gay or the director or actor or whatever. The question beyond, Brett Ratnerr's hackness(if he thinks Chris Tucker is funny enough to put in three films, that is his problem and thak god for the remote control last night i was able to turn off the bit where Chris Tucker destorys the fifth element. end of rant) , has never been answered and it is this. What was the reason for the vile and indeed ugly campaign against ratner and x-3? Ratner inherited a mess created by the studio and did the best he could with an awful situation. In there Superhero edition, Empire Magazine talked to Brayn Singer and Singer said that Superman returns 2 or whatever it is going to called will be a much darker and much more action filled affair. all bets it being the revenge lex luthor, i will take them now.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 10:04 a.m. CST


    by Skankardly

    but Tony Stark would've never sucked dick for coke

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 3:05 p.m. CST

    i cant fucking wait for this

    by kmw4121

    i cant fucking wait for this to be made and in the cinemas as downy jr is an amazing actor anyone who saw chaplin or the singing detective will know how awesome he is!!!! i am just glad they didnt go with tom 'uphill gardener' cruise

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Isn't there some issue with insuring RDJ ?

    by zekmoe

    I though there was an issue with insuring robert downey jr. due to his past behavior? Like high budget films couldn't get financed on the account that he may end up in jail or flake out. Like Wynona Ryder. Has that type of thing been overblown?

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 7:18 p.m. CST

    I like the Gary Busey coke story.

    by mrfan

    I think it is the one where his dog got into his stash and Busey followed it around snorting the dogs fur all night. Something like that.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 7:34 p.m. CST


    by antonphd

    you must be some serious jaded acting failure or something. you never have any good to say about anything. you keep hating everything, but you still watch it all... what the fuck is wrong with you? go find a new hobby man. stop wasting your money on shit you hate. then the rest of us who enjoy watching shit can enjoy talking about it without have a douchebag like you spoil the party. you are like that dick assistant manager dude on The Office. the one with his mouth up his boss's asshole.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Downey as Ironman makes sense!

    by Voice O. Reason

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Ha! Now THIS is funny...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Anybody want to know what ol' Don Murphy thinks of this? Here you go = quote: "For those asking me- Robert Downey will be a great Iron Man and the film will lose all of its money with a great actor who has never opened a movie and a poor director. If the film flops, Marvel loses its rights to the character. If I were a stockholder I would be very worried."

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Have to admit that Superninja makes a good point ...

    by NoHubris

    ...concerning Terrence Howard. Downey will be great too. Choice between the two depends on the intended tone for the film.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 10:16 p.m. CST

    anchorite, remember Downey in Less Than Zero?

    by NoHubris

    I see your point, but IMHO, if Downey taps into what he did in that film, he can pull this off. In Less Than Zero he played "a type" of suave, playboy addicted to drugs. Throw in his vibe from the movie Restoration and he nails this IMHO.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 12:24 a.m. CST


    by Phategod1


  • Oct. 2, 2006, 12:35 a.m. CST


    by Phategod1

    and if anyone is still at the Jazz TB WELKER DID NOT GET THE JOB sorry siebertron F'ed up and I jumped the gun.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 2:03 a.m. CST


    by MarkoOhNo

    I really wanted Weird Al Yankovic to play Tony Stark. You KNOW you love how he looks in a moustache! lol

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Didn't expect this, Wow! but???????

    by The Founder

    I don't have a problem with Downey, but as Stark? It bad but somehow at the same time good. I've been thrown for a loop.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Same as it ever was

    by conniebrean1

    And I was hoping for some sort of Talking Heads reference. Imagine my disappointment.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Tom Selleck could have been great in this role.

    by JDanielP

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 11:06 a.m. CST

    You guys from the Transformer TBs

    by Phategod1

    Donnie Two chins is back on siebertron looking for attention its funny how a rich Hollywood producer has nothing better to do with his time then to try to bait me into a argument probably 6 in the morning. Maybe if he spent more time on the treadmill he would have better thing s to do with his time. hell brett Ratner loks like crap and he still gets ton A+ poon

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 11:16 a.m. CST

    no edit button

    by Phategod1

    tons of A+ poon. and at probably 6 morning.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 1:04 p.m. CST

    This talkback rules...

    by Childe Roland

    ...and here's why: First, a lot of the folks calling foul on this casting seem to be doing so bevcause they feel playing a gay man or a man with homosexual tendencies somehow makes an actor gay and that somehow makes him incapable of playing anything but gay men. What's even funnier is that some of these same folks are demanding pictures of Downey's semi-naked form to demonstrate how he's buffed up (to play a superhero whose powers derive entirely from an armored exoskeleton, by the way). Then you've got a contingent of folks who claim Downey doesn't posess any of the attributes Stark posesses (which means, apparently, that they should never make movies about anyone who doesn't actually exist...someone should've warned Raimi before he made those doomed-to-failure three movies about the kid who could climb walls and shoot webs). "But no!" this contingent will say. "We're talking about character traits." Okay. Let's do that. Tony Stark, as depicted in the classic stories, was a billionaire industrialist but also something of a dandy. He was metrosexual before anyone knew what that word meant. He'd rather confound his opponents in the board room with witty banter than by tearing off his shirt and flexing for them (and even his physical feats as Iron Man were not attributed duirectly to him as he let the world believe Iron Man was his bodyguard and did all his fighting for him). He liked to party and couldn't tell when enough was enough. He slept around because he couldn't find Ms. Right. All of this sounds vaguely familiar. That's right...Downey's played characters JUST LIKE THIS his entire career. And Downey brings that added perspective of personal experience as a man whose own failure to cope with excess leads to his downward spiral and near collapse, from which he has to hoist himself to triumph over his own demons before he can win any public battles. But, yeah. You're right. Downey probably wouldn't have any frame of reference for that. So is actually being a billionaire and an inventor (or mogul) a prerequisite for this role? Is that why everyone is so hot on Mel Gibson or Tom Cruise? Whatever. Another reason this talkback rules? Bringing Sexy Back finally managed to impress me. That "Blow job" thing was comedy gold. And, finally, this talkback rules because if you look at individual posts by unique posters (and ignore the compulsive multi-posting of a naysaying few), there's overwhelming support here for what is clearly one of the smartest casting decisions in comic book movie history. It gives me new hope for the movie/comic geek hybrid species and for the future of the genre. Way to evolve, guys.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by Ricky Henderson

    nuff said.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Where did Don Murhpy says it was gonna tank?

    by Mad Dog Vachon

    Do you have a link to that? Murphy's an ass.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 3:08 p.m. CST


    by dodgethis

    While I'll admit Christopher Reeve was great as Superman, possibly the best cast supeerhero along with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine,the movie itself was HORRIBLE!!! How about the scene where he jumps out the window as Clark Kent "ace reporter" then his Superman suit magically appears on him. Craptastic stuff there.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable may be a good story, but it

    by superninja

    hardly takes advantage of the medium in terms of scope and imagination.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Childe Rowland

    by superninja

    Maybe RDJ is the world's best method actor? I don't know, but using a guy in and out of rehab to play an alcoholic seems very trite. How could it possibly be good for Downey to pretend to be under the influence again and get into the part? Personally, I think it's ridiculous.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Superman is pretty good.

    by superninja

    At the time it was quite ambitious and given the technology available today, the lack of imagination is almost staggering. Lifting bigger and bigger stuff over your head is not spectacular without any investment in the story or character by the audience. Someone needs to marry the visuals of Sky Captain to a good story and great direction/pacing.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 11:31 p.m. CST

    THAT IS THE...

    by Captain Happy


  • Oct. 2, 2006, 11:43 p.m. CST


    by Captain Happy


  • Oct. 3, 2006, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Nice work picking DOWNEY!!!

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    Its a good, creative choice. Its great to see that the studios aren't wimping out on hiring great actors for these roles. Now, lets hope everything comes together on the Watchman movie (which I am praying is gonna work...regardless of who directs)!

  • Oct. 3, 2006, 7 a.m. CST

    My brother likes IRON-MAN but HATES Robert Downey, Jr.

    by JDanielP

    No offense to Robert Downey, Jr. Really, I wish him all the luck... in his fight against his addictions. Good lord, ...if he read enough negative criticism against him at such places as, he might struggle a bit more (against his addictions). --Look, he's a fine actor. He can be a fine addition to a movie when properly casted. And sure, his addictions are public knowledge. But having a past with addiction doesn't make him perfect for Tony Stark... because Tony Stark is much more than his addiction. In fact, Tony Stark is a man's man (if you know what I'm saying). Even the strongest of characters, ...characters of great internal strength, can fall to addiction. And Tony Stark is an example of that, ...the Tony Stark that I remember. I feel that Tom Selleck could have brought a rich history to the character... of both great success and failure... and a reality to the character's heart problem. Sure, Selleck is over 60 years old now, but he could have been so right for this role. --I feel sorry for my brother, who avoids Downey's movies. He's an IRON-MAN fan... but I know he will skip this one. And that's sad.

  • Oct. 3, 2006, 7:35 a.m. CST

    It's a GREAT idea

    by Steve Rogers

    This is the first time in... shit, actually the first time EVER, that I have been interested in seeing this movie. Go for it, Robert.

  • Oct. 3, 2006, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Where's Jude Law when you need him?

    by Darksider

    I just watched Downey in Good Night and Good Luck and I still couldn't see it. He's just not young or confident enough to me.

  • Oct. 3, 2006, 10:33 a.m. CST

    You may be right, Superninja...

    by Childe Roland

    ...about this not being good for Downey from a physical or psychological healthe standpoint. But my point is that Downey is good for the production. And it may just be that Downey draws some personal ispiration from the story of his character, who -- as someone above just pointed out -- does rise above his addictions to become more than he was. I simply disagree with anchorite on Downey's looks and mannerisms not being appropriate for Stark (I htink with the right facial hair, he can absolutely nail the look and his mannerisms vary from performance to performance). But time will tell which of us is right on that.

  • Oct. 3, 2006, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Tony Stark is basically Clark Gable.

    by Orbots Commander

    If Robert Downey Jr. could pull off a great Clark Gable impersonation then he'll nail this part.

  • Oct. 3, 2006, 3:58 p.m. CST

    I think RDJ can pull off a Clark Gable impersonation.

    by Orbots Commander

    I see Downey as a chameleon type of actor (see CHAPLIN). If a part calls for him to play a guy that looks like he stepped down from a movie screen from a 1940's movie, a devil may care man's man, who likes his whiskey undiluted, his haircuts short and business-like, his politics conservative, his cigarettes unfiltered, his women looking like something off the cover of a pulp detective story, well I think that Downey could pull that character off. But the most crucial thing isn't only how Downey will play Stark, it's how Jon Favreau envisions Stark who will direct Downey in how to play him. Now, in a perfect movie world, Favreau would have offered Clooney the lead who would have been perfect for the part, but Downey IS an interesting choice a la Michael Keaton as Batman.

  • Oct. 3, 2006, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Right now, it SUCKS being an IRON-MAN fan.

    by JDanielP

    Somebody hop in a time machine and bring back Clark Gable and Tom Selleck (in their prime)... and have them both screentest for the best option. -- Maybe I'll catch this RDJ flick on cable some day. Then again, maybe I'll just skip it completely.

  • Oct. 3, 2006, 6:08 p.m. CST

    JDamelP, I think that Eckhart could have pulled it off

    by Orbots Commander

    Aaron Eckhart would have been a good choice as well. His character in THANK YOU FOR SMOKING is basically Tony Stark without the conscience, engineering genius and the red and gold armor.

  • Oct. 3, 2006, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Chaplin was not a stretch for Downey.

    by superninja

    Give me a break, they are similar types of personalities and artists. It turns out RDJ is no innovator, but that's like saying it's a stretch for Carrey to play Kaufman, and that because he can play an innovator, Carrey is now one too. Tony Stark is tall, debonair and a man's man as has been said. RDJ had never come close to playing such a character, which leads me to believe Tony will get the metro makeover, Mr. Sensitivity deep down, blah, blah, blah. Where is Ayn Rand's Iron Man when you need it?

  • Oct. 3, 2006, 10:43 p.m. CST

    There is a certain type of actor that should

    by superninja

    be playing superhero parts. The Aaron Eckharts, Hugh Jackmans, Clive Owenses and Terrence Howards of the world.

  • Oct. 3, 2006, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Djimon Hounsou needs to be Black Panther

    by superninja

    right now. Similarly, this would be akin to casting Spike Lee as T'Challa.

  • Oct. 3, 2006, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Eckhart will be Captain America

    by KillingJoke

    It's all in the chin

  • Oct. 3, 2006, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Eckhart should be Captain America.

    by superninja

    The issue is the script.

  • Oct. 4, 2006, 12:24 a.m. CST

    johnny depp should have been iron man.

    by the-man-who-falls

    but i like robert downey jr same caliber actor can carry any movie.

  • Oct. 4, 2006, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Your anger amuses me...

    by Childe Roland

    ...harrysuxafatone. So does your stupidity. Please, continue to entertain us.

  • Oct. 4, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    This movie will both blow and suck

    by Reelheed

    Iron Man just will not stand up to the hollywood treatment. Be prepared for Robocop the next generation. Mark my words...

  • Oct. 5, 2006, 12:03 a.m. CST

    RDJ would've been a good Dr. Banner

    by superninja


  • Oct. 5, 2006, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Tony Stark = Ted Turner!!

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    ...moustache: check; swagger: check; wealth: check; alcoholic: FUCKING CHECK!!!

  • Oct. 5, 2006, 7:08 a.m. CST

    All you bitches moaning about Terrence Howard...

    by Steve Rogers

    if he'd gotten the role you would complain that it was a sell out to make Tony Stark a black man!!! WTF are you on about now, he'd be better for the role than Downey? Y'all have shit for brains.

  • Oct. 5, 2006, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Billy Crudup, Aaron Eckhart, Edward Norton, Ted Levine,

    by JDanielP

    Vincent D'Onofrio, James Caviezel, Dennis Quaid, David O'Hara, Alec Baldwin, George Clooney, Tom Selleck, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, ...shall I go on?

  • Oct. 5, 2006, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Vincent D'onofrio????

    by Steve Rogers

    The others I could see, maybe (though I think Pitt and Kilmer, and Clooney, though he's great, would ultimately be wrong choices), but Vincent D'onofrio? Jeezus.

  • Oct. 5, 2006, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by barbarian

    got a pdf file of a THOR feature film script and it is AWESOME. no idea how to post it

  • Oct. 5, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Numberous BETTER choices, some better than others.

    by JDanielP

    Tom Selleck... in his prime... would be the absolute best pick, I feel. But we can't go back in time. --Some of the names (I previously mentioned) were stretches, I admit. But at this point, they're stretching so far that Tony Stark is ripping in half! (Vincent D'Onofrio has great range and is underestimated, as an actor. Maybe he's not quite the "man's man" we're looking for, but wouldn't you chose him over RDJ?) I think a pick like Aaron Eckhart, Ted Levine, Tom Selleck, Billy Crudup, or Edward Norton would make me giddy! Heck, what is Michael Biehn doing these days???

  • Oct. 6, 2006, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Yack, good to hear from you. Hope all is well.

    by superninja

    Respectfully, RDJ is not the right actor for Tony Stark. The script is especially important, but RDJ is not a man's man. The Ayn Rand comment was a joke, although I watched the hilarious Fountainhead the other day and wondered what her take on Iron Man would be. Probably hilarious (unintentionally).

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Matthew Fox (from Lost) as Tony Stark / Iron Man...

    by REDD

    and Jason Statham as Iron Fist.

  • Oct. 9, 2006, 4:23 p.m. CST

    and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko)...

    by REDD

    as Black Panther.

  • Oct. 10, 2006, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Eric McCormack could've done it...

    by S-Mart shopper

    ala lonesome dove outlaw years, NOT will&grace! his character in DOVE had the chops to pull Stark off(I'm sure Will could do the same). As far as RDJ smokin pole I think that was just his character in less than zero, not in real life, although he was in prison for like a year.

  • Jan. 27, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST

    I'm Just Glad Tom Cruise Isn't Tony Stark

    by darkmetal

    As much as I've always loved Iron Man, it would have absolutely ruined the movie for me if Tom Cruise would have been cast as Tony Stark. I feel that any actor who has been in several movies stops being a character and they just play themselves. Tom Cruise would not have been Tony Stark. He would have been Tom Cruise as Iron Man. Nicholas Cage as Ghost Rider is another example. Robert Downey, Jr. is a better casting because he isn't as recognizable. A Robert Downey/Gwyneth Paltrow collaboration is interesting and I hope they have an on-screen chemistry. I would hate for this movie to to become another Daredevil or Punisher and be panned by the critics.

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