Iron Man

Paramount has released a new video clip from Iron Man featuring Tony Stark’s first flight in the Mark II armor. I got the see this clip and five or so more minutes of footage at WonderCon in February, but seeing the clip in full 1080p on my MacBook Pro makes me just as excited. And I love Jon Favreau’s Battlestar Galactica-inspired in flight documentary style cinematography. You get to see this towards the end of the clip. Hopefully the in-helmet shots won’t be overused as I enjoy seeing Iron Man in action.  Check it out below and tell me what you think in the comments!

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Watch the clip in High Definition on Apple.com.

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New Images: Iron Man Versus Iron Monger

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Rather epic new images for this summer’s Iron Man have touched down over at Yahoo that show Tony Stark facing off against the film’s main villain Iron Monger aka Obadiah Stane (played by Jeff Bridges/killer effects). Loving how the SUV above is packed with people. Click to make them all pop. I’d say about 90% of the imagery from this film so far dazzles like few comic book films before it, but there is a debate waging about how well the film will do at the box office.

Over in the comments for Peter’s interesting Video Games Vs. Movies Rant, the questionable Grand Theft Auto IV-Iron Man “showdown” is mentioned, as well as Iron Man’s status as a “b-level superhero.” All that aside, these images of Iron Monger and Iron Man launching automobiles at one another have me more stoked than the TIH trailer with The Hulk and Abomination facing off in hang time. What do you think?

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Has Tony Stark met his match? With grosses expected to be as high as $360 million in its first week alone, Grand Theft Auto IV, the long, long awaited sequel to Rock Star Games‘ classic video game franchise, will no doubt out gross Jon Favreau‘s Iron Man. That is not the showdown alluded to in the headline. These two stunning pop culture goliaths will duke it out for fanboys’ dollars and attention spans at the same time, with GTA IV dropping on Xbox and PS3 worldwide on April 29th and Iron Man on May 2nd domestically, with remaining global territories set both before and after.

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One has to wonder how much consideration Paramount Pictures and Marvel have and are giving this worldwide clusterf**k of awesome. Should they be worried? You guys and gals tell them in the comments. Over at GameDaily, an analyst named Mike Hickey, who works for GTA‘s distributor, Take-Two, is quoted as giving a big “Duh!” Hickey says GTA IV could be bigger than Halo 3, and we all remember Hollywood execs’ eyes watering in awe when Bungie Studios opened up the skies to rake in torrential fanboy moolah back in September…

“We anticipate the video game release of GTA IV on April 29th could dampen the potential from Iron Man‘s theatrical release on May 2nd,” said Hickey. “The domestic box office’s first week of May release schedule includes Iron Man, Made of Honor, Redbelt and Son of Rambow. The last significant video game release, Halo 3, generated over $300 million in sales from its first week in the market. Halo 3 was released on just one platform, the Xbox 360, and attached nearly 50% of the installed base.

GTA IV will be released on both the Xbox 360 and PS3, which have both significantly increased their installed bases since the release of Halo 3. A GTA IV 25% attach rate to a combined Xbox 360 and PS3 installed base at its April 29th release would imply 5.8 million units sold or roughly $360 million in retail sales the first week of the game’s release.”

With a budget around $200 million, not counting considerable marketing costs et al, Iron Man is obviously a huge investment, and thankfully everything we’ve seen and heard from the film thus far is aces. But this showdown will definitely be interesting, and perhaps even set precedent for cinema versus video game pissing matches for years to come.

Discuss: Should Paramount and Marvel be worried? Will you be holed up exploring a vast and violent GTA New York City, too busy watching and rewatching Iron Man, or (I know, it’s crazy) both?

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Buried in this report covering yesterday’s Wizard World convention in L.A. is the news via a panel that Samuel L. Jackson may not have a cameo as Marvel character Nick Fury in Iron Man after all. Nearly a year ago AICN reported the casting news as a definite for the summer blockbuster, and since then everyone from Avi Arad to Jackson to director Jon Favreau has reluctantly nodded “yes.” Even IMDB and Wikipedia have it listed as fact. Top that!

The panel, which consisted of Wizard‘s Ricky Purdin and Toyfare‘s Adam Tracy, maintained that Jackson is still Nick Fury and seemed to imply that the footage with Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. might appear elsewhere. CHUD just sprinkled their ellipses, and we’ll throw out a giant …but where?! as well. Moreover, the panel confirmed that a crossover between The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man is still happening as rumored.

So, would the Fury cameo pop up on the Iron Man DVD? That’s no way to launch a character that has an individual action tent pole film scheduled in the next couple years. Might it be used in promotional materials? Promoting what? Coolness? Will it appear in The Incredible Hulk? On one hand that seems like too much “Uma, Oprah” crossover, but could turn out great. Cutting room floor? Gasp. Somewhere Jackson chews on a cigar and laughs at his laptop. More on this if it develops…

Discuss: Whaaa happen? Throw some guesses in the Easter basket. And who’s the ideal director to realize a Nick Fury flick starring Jackson?

avengers2.jpgAt one point, George Miller was in talks to take Justice League America down the all-CGI route a la Beowulf, and now Marvel’s dream-team flick, The Avengers, might be headed in that direction as well according to screenwriter Zak Penn (X-Men 2 and 3, The Incredible Hulk). Of course, this whole uber-caped enchilada depends on the success of this summer’s Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, as both Tony Stark and Bruce Banner are key players. Director Jon Favreau has previously stated his interest in directing a live-action version that would team up Robert Downey Jr. and Ed Norton. Penn says that all-CGI talks have definitely happened…

“Absolutely. It’s not only something I’ve considered doing, but there’s been the discussion about The Avengers doing some sort of next level,” Penn told Collider. Whatever the next iteration of computer animation is after this, the next step after Beowulf, is something we would definitely conisder for that.”

“And I actually think it’s worth considering for a lot of movies, I think it’s amazing. It has a tremendous amount of potential. And I love animated movies, and I’ve produced animated movies, and I wrote the original story for Antz. It would definitely interest me.”

This comment wouldn’t necessarily put the kibosh on Downey Jr. and Norton reprising their roles, as motion capture would heavily play into the film it seems. Also, Beowulf was spectacular in 3D, so it’s only a matter of time before a massive comic book film heads in that direction, and if Avatar does well next year, the gates are open. Penn also told Collider that a Young X-Men film is still a definite possibility and will depend on the performance of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Interesting. Back to the The Avengers: no surprise, it’s still a ways away Penn tells IESB

The Avengers is a project in the future,” says Penn, “That’s the best way to put it until Iron Man and The Hulk come out. I haven’t talked to Marvel about it in awhile because I think that the best way to do it is to put together a movie that uses all the characters and so they probably want to see how the movies do and figure that out first.”

Personally, I want to see Matthew Vaughn’s take on Thor, which we haven’t heard much about in quite a while, more than an Avengers film. But teaming The Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Antman and a slew of others together for a royal rumble is not exactly boring, you know?

Discuss: Should The Avengers be live-action or more like Beowulf on crack?

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Iron Man Movie Trailer #2

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The new movie trailer for Iron Man which premiered at WonderCon, aired during LOST tonight. The trailer begins much like the previous teaser, with Tony Stark demonstrating the Jericho, when he is captured. After building the Mach 1 suit in a cage, Stark escapes. This is where the real new footage begins, and not to sound too much like Alex Billington, but this trailer kicks so much ass you’ll have to watch it at least three times. I’m still not sold on the closing shot where Iron Man blows up a tank. It still looks too much like a video game to me, but that’s just a minor complaint. From what I understand, that segment is still not 100% finished. Check it out now, and tell me what you think in the comments below.

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You can also watch the new trailer in High Defintiion on MySpace. Iron Man hits theaters on May 2nd 2008.

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Iron Man

Jon Favreau, looking a few pounds lighter, answered some questions and premiered some Iron Man footage at WonderCon in San Francisco. Favreau began with a bang, showing a bunch of new footage from the film.

The sequence begins with Stark hard at work building the jet thruster boots that you see briefly in the SuperBowl spot. He tries the thrusters for the first time set to 10% and is thrown into the back-wall/roof. A robot arm tries to extinguish a nonexistent fire. He makes a second attempt which results in him hovering 4-5 feet above the ground, however he starts to lose control and hovers over a couple of expensive cars in his collection. Stark yells at the bot. The interaction between the two is pretty funny. In the next sequence Stark tests out the full flight mode on the mark 2 armor, which involved a holographic like display in the helmet of the suit. Iron Man flys off into the night sky. The Iron Man logo hits the screen and the crowd goes nuts.

I keep waiting for something to happen which will make me question this film, but Favreau keeps nailing everything I see on home. If the whole movie is like this footage

Someone asked about getting permission from Ozzy Osbourne regarding the Iron Man name and Favreau revealed that he had to talk to Sharon Osbourne to gat Ozzy’s Iron Man music.

Someone asked Jon for advice to young filmmakers and Fav explained that it’s now cheaper to make a movie, and distribute it online. “There are tremendous opportunities.” And that you will get your break when people notice you. He used Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson as an example of small time filmmakers that Hollywood embraced, and were willing to give a chance.

Favreau explained that he thinks its important for a filmmaker now-a-days to maintain a dialogue with an audience. To listen to the fans and see what they want.

“Usually the best place to go is directly to the fans.”

He even admits checking out the message boards and websites and listening to the fans.

“You’d be surprised at how much you influence [these films]”

Someone asked about James Rhodes, who is played in the film by Terrance Howard. Favreau called him a supporting character, a button down lieutenant colonel.

“We certainly leave the door open to what can happen in the future.”

As for a superhero team up, Jon enthusiastically said:

“If this movies makes a lot of money, I might be able to direct [The Avengers]!”

After making a joke at his expense, Favreau actually admitted that he now has a lot of respect for Michael Bay.

“It’s hard to shoot a lot of nothing and imagine later there will be something.”

He also praised Bay’s new “Awesome” Verizon Fios ad where “Bay blows stuff up”.

“A lot of the money studios make on these movies are from merchandising”

Favreau called the merchandising money a safeguard. He admitted that Marvel was very open to incorporating more stuff, and that “What you can expect in the future is more armors” and “The possibilities are endless…”

As for cinematic crossover with Universal’s The Incredible Hulk, Favreau joked: “It is true, there are rumors on the internet”

“There are a lot of rumors about casting, about cross pollination between them…” “I don’t want to give too many of the secrets away [before May] or I won’t have anything left. Many of the rumors are true, but some of them are not true on the internet.”

He confirmed that a 90-second trailer will premiere on next week’s LOST, but apologized for not being able to bring it.

“I did bring the two and a half minute trailer which will be attached to 10,000 BC.”

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New Iron Man Production Photos!

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Earlier tonight we posted the awesome new Iron Man television advertisement which aired during the Super Bowl. Still want more Iron Man? Good, because after the jump, I have for you, 13 new production photos from the film. As always, click on the images to enlarge.

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Iron Man Super Bowl Advertisement

Iron Man Super Bowl

The new Iron Man television spot which premiered during the Super Bowl has everyone talking. It certainly got me pumped to see the film, although, a lot of people seem to be questioning the overtly CG animated sequence towards the end (yes, it did look somewhat like a video game cut scene). But I’m pretty sure this is just unfinished early effects work. If you haven’t already, check out the television spot below. Please comment and tell me what you thought!

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Update: You can now watch the new Iron Man advertisement in High Definition on Apple.com.

Jon Favreau’s Iron Man hits theaters on May 2nd 2008.

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