After years of Start-Stop, pre-production nightmares, and the project being passed from Studio to Studio, the upcoming Comic Book adaptation, directed by Jon Favreau, is finally due for release in May 2008. But we have been eagerly awaiting to find out who will be playing the titular character.
And alas, we have been informed that Marvel has selected Robert Downey Jr, to play Iron Man.
Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studio’s said, “In the comics, Stark was an alcoholic, a trait that will undoubtedly draw public comparisons with Downey’s own struggles with substance abuse. However, Feige said the first pic won’t deal with Stark’s alcohol problems, though it would likely come up in potential sequels.
First film will deal with Stark’s invention of the Iron Man suit and his conflicted past as a weapons inventor.”
With hits under his belt like Kiss Kiss bang Bang, and his chequered past, Downey may just be able to pull this off.