I’ve been looking forward to this movie ever since they revealed they were casting Robert Downey Jr for the role of Tony Stark. Rich asshole slowly destroying himself with alcohol and yet probably still good-intentioned at heart? Check.
Hey, how do you know it won’t be? Maybe that’s why it’s in the shed, to get a fresh coat of Municipal Road Yellow. And I don’t see any feet, so the roller skate option isn’t definitively ruled out either. (I can only assume that in the modern version, Tony Stark is being held captive by nefarious Mideasterners rather than inscrutable Asians.)
That looks cooler than I would ever have imagined possible. And it’s an actual, physical costume?! Damn, Stan Winston rocks harder than ever! Take that, CGI! Eat injection-molded polypropylene, Lucas!
This may just be the ticket that inspires me to pick up that retrospective book, The Winston Effect, that I saw at the store the other day. Just recently I watched the 1970’s-era anti-horror chucklefest It Lives By Night, featuring decidedly unspecial makeup effects by “Stanley Winston.” What a difference thirty years of experience can make.
That’s because it’s a direct sequel. It’s the story of the sentient robot from the first film, Sonny, as he struggles to achieve humanity over the course of 200 years. At one point he decides to give himself a human name, and chooses “Ron.”
Adi Granov is the artist who designed Iron Man’s modern armor in the comics, and he created the design for the movie costume as well. Probably the best Iron Man story in two decades is the recent “Extremis,” written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Granov. The six-issue story is collected in a trade paperback, and updates Iron Man’s origin with a modern twist. In “Extremis,” Stark created the armor while being held captive in the Middle East, rather than Southeast Asia (as he was in his 1963 origin), and the movie will probably set that segment in the caves of Afghanistan.