Video: Robert Downey Jr. is … Iron Man?

posted at 9:05 am on July 30, 2007 by Allahpundit

And the nerds at Comic Con rejoice. Wasn’t Ben Affleck supposed to play this role at some point or am I thinking of something else? At least it’ll be watchable now, if perhaps a bit arch and winkingly campy for a blockbuster. Although with Jon “Swingers” Favreau directing, I guess that was a fait accompli. Iron Man, Irony Man, whatever.

Sabbath on the soundtrack too near the end there, huh? They pulled out all the stops.

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That’s hot.

unamused on July 30, 2007 at 9:18 AM

I’m having geek-gasms all over my keyboard.

Mindcrime on July 30, 2007 at 9:22 AM

Oh man I am not even a CBG and I loved that.

liberrocky on July 30, 2007 at 9:29 AM

Nice. I’m pretty sure Ben Affleck was originally supposed to be in this movie, but I hope after the horror that was “Daredevil,” he’s been blacklisted from all superhero movies, forever.

Slublog on July 30, 2007 at 9:30 AM

OMFG.

I think Optimus Prime just met his match.

otcconan on July 30, 2007 at 9:30 AM

F$%k yea…F$%k yea…F$%k yea…!!!!!!!!!!!

doriangrey on July 30, 2007 at 9:30 AM

Well, I thought I’d be looking forward to it, until I saw on IMDB that Gwyneth Paltrow is in it.

flipflop on July 30, 2007 at 9:33 AM

That looks like it’ll be fun.

harrison on July 30, 2007 at 9:46 AM

well….Iron Man was an alcoholic…

John from OPFOR on July 30, 2007 at 9:49 AM

Funny thing, when I first heard about Iron Man was going into development as a movie, first name that popped into my head was Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. He just seemed right for the role.

Looks very cool. I hope the rest of the film is that entertaining.

MoxArgon on July 30, 2007 at 10:00 AM

This is somehow going to be an ironic lib attack on our military. Hawt…

Jaibones on July 30, 2007 at 10:00 AM

[flipflop on July 30, 2007 at 9:33 AM]

By the time it comes out on DVD, personal computer tech may be at a point where you can replace her, flipflop.

Dusty on July 30, 2007 at 10:03 AM

Jaibones on July 30, 2007 at 10:00 AM

Maybe so, but from the look of that clip those ain’t some make believe German/Russians that Iron Man is f#%king up, kind of look like Bin Laden’s henchmen…

doriangrey on July 30, 2007 at 10:04 AM

Awsome!

Romeo13 on July 30, 2007 at 10:04 AM

YEEEEEEEEEE-HHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!

Theworldisnotenough on July 30, 2007 at 10:04 AM

By the time it comes out on DVD, personal computer tech may be at a point where you can replace her, flipflop.

Dusty on July 30, 2007 at 10:03 AM

Hmmm…buy a movie on DVD and choose the cast. Now that’s a technology I’d like to invest in!

flipflop on July 30, 2007 at 10:09 AM

This is the best casting decision since they got Patrick Stewart to play Professor X.

JayHaw Phrenzie on July 30, 2007 at 10:10 AM

Wow! The Golden Avenger lives! This does look good. Downey, Jr. seems to fit the part quite well.

Wonder if they will do Hawkeye, Thor, Sub-Mariner, and Captain America next?

Green Arrow and Green Lantern would be great to see.

Batman Begins II (The Dark Knight) is in production.

The False Dervish on July 30, 2007 at 10:12 AM

They updated the origin. Slight spoiler, mayhaps: Stark builds his first Iron Man suit while being held prisoner in Afghanistan.

Summer 2008 might just be cooler than summer 2007 for popcorn flicks.

Krydor on July 30, 2007 at 10:19 AM

I’ll be watching that on divx may 3rd.

TheSitRep on July 30, 2007 at 10:19 AM

Nicholas Cage was at one point considered for the role of Stark.
Thank GOD Ben Affleck isn’t in this role. Anyone but him. please!

ToddonCapeCod on July 30, 2007 at 10:23 AM

While Downey will do a credible job, he is an excellent actor, I was hoping John Cusak would get the job. He does that smart ass type so very well.

The flying scene at the end just shows to go ya just how far CGI has come. Green Lantern would be a good fit for the next Comic hero movie.

EvilRoy on July 30, 2007 at 10:24 AM

I was there man.

Y’all haters don’t know what you missed.

StoutRepublican on July 30, 2007 at 10:58 AM

Nicholas Cage was at one point considered for the role of Stark.

.. thankfully, that didn’t happen. I’m still trying push what he did to Johnny Blaze out of my head.

I’m not a fan of big name actors in superhero roles. Mystique lost and such; but, Downey’s as good as any. However, something about that scene in “Less Than Zero” … well, ’nuff said, eh?

Still, as long as this is nothing like Daredevil, it looks like a hell of a ride.

yo on July 30, 2007 at 10:59 AM

Robert Downey Jr. really is a great actor. Superhero movies have come a long way.

BTW, if you haven’t seen RDJr. in “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”, you’re doing yourself a disservice. It’s a little raw, but the cast is amazing.

MikeZero on July 30, 2007 at 11:02 AM

F’n a! Looks awesome!

jeglinas on July 30, 2007 at 11:08 AM

I’m SO there!!!!!!

Mortis on July 30, 2007 at 11:08 AM

That clip alone looks better than the Fantastic Four movies and maybe Spidey 3. Only 10 months to wait.

Mallard T. Drake on July 30, 2007 at 11:09 AM

I’m on a slow connection right now, so can’t watch… but I’m guessing they didn’t show Nick Fury.

Karl on July 30, 2007 at 11:09 AM

At the beginning, when Stark is talking to the troops about the ultimate weapon being one you only have to shoot once, who else loved that? I know they intended it to be ironic, but it’s a good line.

Doug on July 30, 2007 at 11:13 AM

This has already been taken down from YouTube. Which is really smart. Yeah, why would you want to promote your movie FOR FREE?

Jim Treacher on July 30, 2007 at 11:26 AM

I’m on a slow connection right now, so can’t watch… but I’m guessing they didn’t show Nick Fury.

Karl on July 30, 2007 at 11:09 AM

Samuel L. Jackson?? No, they didn’t show him, but yeah the movie seems a little better now.

BTW, if you haven’t seen RDJr. in “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”, you’re doing yourself a disservice. It’s a little raw, but the cast is amazing.

MikeZero on July 30, 2007 at 11:02 AM

Yeah, I saw that one. It was good, and the kid who was in Transformers really did a good job in that one.

This is the best casting decision since they got Patrick Stewart to play Professor X.

JayHaw Phrenzie on July 30, 2007 at 10:10 AM

It almost made up for casting Halle Barry as Storm. But really, who else in the world could play Professor X.

Esthier on July 30, 2007 at 11:28 AM

ben affleck was daredevil. i don’t think he wanted to be another superhero.

lorien1973 on July 30, 2007 at 11:34 AM

I’m saving my pennies. That looks like it’ll take two buckets of popcorn to get through.

TinMan13 on July 30, 2007 at 11:37 AM

Green Arrow and Green Lantern would be great to see.

Green arrow? could you really sit thru 2 hours of trumped of liberal propoganda? that’s all green arrow is (or became at least).

green lantern would be pretty cool.

I’m sick of origin movies though. Why do we always have to see how they were created. does anyone not know? and if they don’t know? do they care? as long as stuff gets blown up and the bad guy dies in the end, everyone is happy.

lorien1973 on July 30, 2007 at 11:37 AM

Given the cast and the timing of release, I still have difficulty believing it won’t be an anti-US, anti-capitalist, anti-war, anti-Republican propaganda piece, with a good dose of Islamist moral equivalency thrown in, too, just in case.

But I’ll admit the trailer looks good.

Blacklake on July 30, 2007 at 11:38 AM

Wasn’t Ben Affleck supposed to play this role at some point or am I thinking of something else?

They probably abandoned the idea when they realized the helmet would have to be so big it’d make Iron Man look like a bobblehead.

Blacklake on July 30, 2007 at 11:40 AM

* IRON MAN – NEOCON REPUBLICAN

No Marvel hero has better Republican credentials than Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. He’s a billionaire industrialist and weapons manufacturer with an Ivy League education and a drinking problem. He’s a staunch anti-communist and served as Secretary of Defense (can we have him back?). In Marvel’s Civil War storyline, Iron Man has drawn a line in the proverbial sand. He wants all superhumans to register with the government, and if you’re not with him, you’re against him. And if you’re against him, look out. He’ll classify you as an enemy combatant and throw your ass into his Negative Zone prison, where U.S. courts have no jurisdiction. No, he’s not considered a supervillain, why do you ask?

Defector01 on July 30, 2007 at 11:46 AM

Defector01 on July 30, 2007 at 11:46 AM

What happened to the pro-American comic guys? :/ Is Frank Miller literally the only one?

apollyonbob on July 30, 2007 at 11:52 AM

What happened to the pro-American comic guys? :/ Is Frank Miller literally the only one?

He’s also the most talented. Coincidence?

Re: Green Arrow… I’d love to see that for one reason only: the “Boxing Glove Arrow”.

MikeZero on July 30, 2007 at 12:05 PM

GREEN ARROW – TOTAL F***ING COMMUNIST

Green Arrow is a loose cannon, politically speaking. He’s somewhere to the left of Alec Baldwin on the political spectrum and he’s armed to the teeth with those crazy-ass arrows of his. Green Arrow is an unapologetic leftist. He’s always bitching about how the Justice League are a bunch of fascists and railing against “The Man.” He’s soft on drugs – his sidekick Speedy was a frickin’ junkie! An advocate of redistribution of wealth and his own pinko version of justice, this modern day Robin Hood wants to take your hard-earned money and give it to some soup kitchen or something. Go smoke another joint, hippy!

ZRyan on July 30, 2007 at 12:09 PM

DAMN THAT WAS AWESOME!

benrand on July 30, 2007 at 12:13 PM

Awesome trailer indeed! It’s a good time for those of us who remember 12¢ comics. Next hero should be either Green Latern or the Flash. Both would be fun.

For the Marvel universe it would be nice when Galatus comes to town with FF, to trot out ALL the big heroes working together to defeat him. CGI has arrived.

Mojave Mark on July 30, 2007 at 12:30 PM

IRON MAN! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

tomas on July 30, 2007 at 12:33 PM

Maybe, that should have had Dennis Miller play his dad..HA, Ha

tomas on July 30, 2007 at 12:34 PM

Just like to add:

Iron Man
Iron Man
Does Whatever and iron can

Next year will also see Dark Knight and Prince Caspian on the big screen.

Krydor on July 30, 2007 at 12:49 PM

That actually looked semi-great. I’m surprised. But, yeah, I bet the anti-Republican gloss is going to be thick on this.

John on July 30, 2007 at 12:58 PM

They announced at Comic-Con that a movie version of “Flash” was in the works. I don’t remember anything about Green Arrow, Green Lantern, or Green anything (Bleah, didn’t care for either of them!).

Yeah, Batman – Dark Knight is in production.

Fatal on July 30, 2007 at 1:10 PM

I had 600 1962-1973 comics stolen out of my storage unit.

Iron man was one of my favs.

csdeven on July 30, 2007 at 1:22 PM

The real highlight of Comic Con: The sneak peak of the upcoming final season of Avatar.

mythicknight on July 30, 2007 at 1:30 PM

Has he lost his mind? Can he see, or is he blind?

Apeking on July 30, 2007 at 1:47 PM

Maybe, that should have had Dennis Miller play his dad..HA, Ha

tomas on July 30, 2007 at 12:34 PM

Downey’s performance really reminded me of somebody, and it took a while for me to pin it down. He’s imitating Dennis Miller. Weird. It totally works, but weird.

Incidentally, if they haven’t taken it down yet, expect them to shortly. Paramount is apparently cracking down on sites hosting the video.

Blacklake on July 30, 2007 at 2:27 PM

Just like to add:

Iron Man
Iron Man
Does Whatever and iron can

Next year will also see Dark Knight and Prince Caspian on the big screen.

Krydor on July 30, 2007 at 12:49 PM

Heh… actually Iron Man did have his own theme song.

“Tony Stark, makes you feel
He’s the cool exec With a heart of steel!
As Iron Man all jets a-blaze
He’s fighting and smiting with repulsor rays!
Amazing armor, it’s Iron Man!
A blaze of power,
It’s Iron Man!”

from the 1966 animated TV series

DubiousD on July 30, 2007 at 2:38 PM

Blacklake on July 30, 2007 at 2:27 PM

Good call :P It’s down

I guess we’ll have to wait for them to release it for real. Damn Comic-Con Exclusivity!

Makes me wish I went :/

apollyonbob on July 30, 2007 at 2:48 PM

Given the cast and the timing of release, I still have difficulty believing it won’t be an anti-US, anti-capitalist, anti-war, anti-Republican propaganda piece, with a good dose of Islamist moral equivalency thrown in, too, just in case.

But I’ll admit the trailer looks good.

Blacklake on July 30, 2007 at 11:38 AM

http://youtube.com/watch?v=bEgv_7Ih0xw

DoD approval and AF help. Let’s calm down on this whole “anti-Republican” film bashing until we actually see the movie. Same people here claimed 28 Weeks Later was fanactially anti-American, yet the film completely validates the US Military firebombing of London.

Also don’t forget Stark was in Afghanistan when he was wounded and captured, probably by the Taliban (updated from the “Vietnamese Warlord”). The Mark I suite battle is against a bunch of islamofascists cave-dwellers, or as the Brit media says, “asian gunmen”.

TheEJS on July 30, 2007 at 3:19 PM

DubiousD Wow, very good! That was from the TV program Merry Marvel Marching Society’s Marvel Superheroes broadcast on WOR-TV (channel 9)!

ZRyan Yes, Green Arrow has been changed into a liberal during the 1970′s “Hard Travelling Heroes” series with Green Lantern. This decision was made to rejuvenate the GL series and to give new life to GA by tapping on the the issues of the times. Indeed, the first instance of GA changing took place in an old Justice League comic book while he had his old costume on where he complained that the JLA should not just be concerned with the intergalatic threats, that the average person should be able to count on JLA help (as I remember the story). But, his origin has been constantly changed a bit over the years from being a straight laced millionare to a hardcore womanizer to a man who lost his fortune forced to live and fight as a poor man does, to more recently a champaign socialist. But, I must confess I have not seen anything of his advocating redistribution of wealth and kissing the ass of Stalin, Che, and Mao (but, I have not seen recent issues of GA either, so I cannot speak with certainty). But, I would not be surprised if Green Arrow would launch a Che Guevarra arrow someday considering how DC tends to rewrite his character. For those few of you who know me, you know that I am not as conservative as the rest of you. But, for me, there is a difference between social justice and SOCIALIST INJUSTICE of the hardcore leftists of the once great DNP. I think GA is Ok the way he is…for now. When he cuts loose that Che Guevarra arrow, then I will definitely agree with you. Oh, yes, for the record, I don’t smoke weed (I value my brain synapses and I don’t want Michelle to come after me). But, there is a nice evergreen tree outside, so if you have any Bambu Rolling Papers…

Lorien1973 Yes, I would sit through 2 hours to see the archery aspect.

The False Dervish on July 30, 2007 at 4:20 PM

Hmmmm…come to think of it, I would also like to see Ant-Man and Wasp, and of course, Hawkeye.

Quicksilver and his sister, the Scarlet Witch would also be interesting to see on screen.

Perhaps…Mr. Natural?

The False Dervish on July 30, 2007 at 4:22 PM

Tony Stark (Iron Man) had problems with substance abuse before getting clean.

Coincidence?

Black Adam on July 30, 2007 at 5:58 PM

Black Adam- Good point. If that is a theme in the film, it could be that Downey was chosen for the sake of reality.

BTW-Why was the trailer removed? In what way was its use violated here?

The False Dervish on July 30, 2007 at 6:56 PM

Content rejected? What happened?

kiakjones on July 30, 2007 at 8:08 PM

Don’t know.

Perhaps it is not supposed to be used on a blog because of copyright laws?

Or perhaps those in Hollywood had it removed because it is Michelle’s site?

There is no money being made here. No rip-offs.

Very strange.

The False Dervish on July 30, 2007 at 8:39 PM

Robert Downey Jr. is a good actor, but I’m surprised he could get insurance to star in a film of this size. He has a history, doesn’t he?

jaime on July 30, 2007 at 9:27 PM

The yanking of the clip at DailyMotion and YouTube wasn’t political, just typical studio copyright wankery. Favreau should get them to allow the hi-quality version to be posted.

Downey was an insurance risk, but has worked his way back through smaller pics like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Plus, they have Terence Howard playing Jim Rhodes as a backup.

Karl on July 30, 2007 at 11:15 PM

Karl on July 30, 2007 at 11:15 PM

You said wankery.

- The Cat

P.S. I think I’ll like this.

MirCat on July 30, 2007 at 11:39 PM

Let me know when Deadpool gets his own movie.

ZK on July 31, 2007 at 9:51 PM