Friday, April 13, 2007

Man of Iron

With only weeks until the arrival of Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 3, followed later in the summer by Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - which surely can’t suck as badly as the first film, the flood of comic book movies continues from the studios’ gates.

Currently in production is Iron Man, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr as industrialist Tony Stark along with Jeff Bridges and Terrace Howard. Favreau may have been responsible for Elf but he also made Made, which is an absolute gem of a movie. Two of the writers, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, worked on Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men, and are now co-writing the script for John Carter of Mars, adapted from the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, which can't be a bad thing.

Not in the cinemas until next year, Paramount Pictures has released the first image of the Iron Man armour to get the expectant fanboys hot and bothered. Created for the movie by Stan Winston Studios, this is obviously the clunky, grey Iron Man Mark I suit and not the later, more familiar, red and gold version.

I betcha Lucy is already camped outside her local multiplex, waiting in eager anticipation.


At 9:50 am, Blogger Riddley Walker said...

Ah, good ol' Stan Winston Studios! Gotta love their work.

The next Fantastic Four Film, judging by the trailer, looks to be about spectacle and not story. The makers of these things are really going to have to look beyond the showy stuff and find some other reasons to draw an audience, I feel.

Merchandising isn’t enough of a reason to make a flick, really it isn’t.

At 2:41 pm, Blogger Good Dog said...

Get the feeling we're too old for this nonsense?

If there's no story we may as well just sit home and stare at some twinkling Christmas lights.

At 8:15 am, Blogger Brian Sibley said...

Odd isn't it, because when we read comics, the story was always as important as the graphics - so, how come they forget that when they come to make the movie version?

PS: By the way, talking of reading, don't forget to enter my book competition!

At 10:52 pm, Blogger Riddley Walker said...

Ooh, twinkly lights... ;-)

At 6:35 pm, Blogger Good Dog said...


I can remember, on rare occasions, not buying some comics because I didn't like the artist. But on the whole the stories were as important - if not more important - as the images.

Then again, you have to remember, we grew up reading. So for us the written word was the most.... oooh, sparkly colours...


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