Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Role He Was BORN To Play!, Dept.

Tony Stark makes you feel
He's a cool exec with a heart of steel
As Iron Man, all jets ablaze,
He fights and smites with repulsor rays
Amazing armor! That's Iron Man!
A blazing power! That's Iron Man!

Stirring words. Whirring words.
The theme to the 1966 "Iron Man" segments of the limited-animation television series Marvel Superheroes.
Why has this tune emerged from its decades-long sleep, you would ask if you weren't otherwise occupied?
The trailer for next May's Iron Man live-action theatrical release.
Now, the trailer itself is heavy on the action and F/X. But the basic story is there. Tony Stark, hard-drinking, hard-hearted billionaire industrialist playboy, finds himself forced to fashion a suit of electronic armor to extricate himself from the clutches of North Vietnamese Arab fanatics, yatta yatta. The point here is that Tony Stark is being played by Robert Downey Jr. Who could look more perfect as Tony Stark but then he'd have to be two-dimensional and enclosed by a comic-book panel.
May 2nd, people.
And then The Dark Knight on July 18th.

Comic book movies are like tuna fish sandwiches.
You take them for granted until you have a really good one and then it's, like, fuck, why don't I eat tuna fish all the fucking time?!

Your mileage may vary.

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