If the results of this vote teach us anything, it’s that voters find intelligent men hot. Downey was always ludicrously good-looking, but as he’s gotten older and relied more on his sheer charisma and obvious smarts, he’s only gotten sexier. As Sherlock and Tony Stark, he dispelled forever the notion that inventors should be anything but a mega-babe. Sorry, merely-average looking geniuses: you need to try harder.
At the risk of stating the obvious, it’s Tony Stark, all boundless energy and intelligence and charisma. If you could actually catch his attention for more than 30 seconds, it would totally be worth it.
STROKE OF CHARM
Here he is posing with dozens of little Iron Men
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) September 17, 2013
Robert Downey Jr poses backstage at ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on September 3, 2013 in New York City.
Public Appereances > Events 2013 > “Romeo and Juliet” Broadway Backstage
Iron Man 4. Robert Downey Jr. A match made in heaven? Maybe, and just like heaven you’ll never see it in this world. You know what, it’s worse than that. It’s like a bad breakup in a small town. Because you’re still going to see Robert Downey Jr around in that Iron Man suit in the Avengers movies. But not in your Iron Man movies. No. Those days are over. He’s moved on, and so has Marvel.
If I were forced to speak in facts instead of metaphors, I’d explain that Iron Man 4 Robert Downey Jr is impossible for a very simple reason: RDJ doesn’t want to do it. But he does want to do Avengers 2 and Avengers 3. Those are a done deal to the tune of an unclear amount of money, rumored to be around $100 million. It’s pretty clear that RDJ is pushing Johnny Depp territory with the new deal, at least. But the deal very pointedly did not include any more Iron Man movies.
So what does that mean? No Iron Man 4? Robert Downey Jr not playing Iron Man? Could be either, really. Ultimately, it comes down to Marvel being cheap, and Robert Downey Jr being expensive. Even though they’re owned by Disney now, Marvel’s notoriously not-profligate ways are catching up to it. They won’t pay RDJ for Iron Man 4, so he won’t do it. He didn’t want to anyway. Iron Man 4 would be a starring role; Avengers 2 and 3 a starring ensemble role or even just an ensemble role. That’s a much smaller paycheck. Marvel – or Disney bossman Bob Iger – may have decided that Iron Man 4 just wasn’t feasible right now.
But don’t despair (or actually maybe you should). Iron Man 4, Robert Downey Jr or not, is still happening. Eventually. Not necessarily this decade, though. Marvel honcho Kevin Feige told Collider the following around Comic-Con:
I’ve said it before and [not signing RDJ for Iron Man 4] wasn’t negotiating tactics. I believe Tony Stark is as strong a character as Batman. We’re about to head into our fifth or sixth Batman – however, you wanna look at it – James Bond, etc. So, there will absolutely be future Tony Starks and future Iron Mans. Who makes those movies, and when those movies are made, who knows? I don’t know. But, the notion with Robert’s contract in The Avengers 2 & 3, is to allow new characters. Part of what we love about The Avengers is the shifting roster. That’s what’s fun about the comic book movies. You shift them up. So, certainly that was a lot of the thought process that went into it. [Emphasis mine]
There you go, folks. More Iron Man movies. An Iron Man 4, even. But not until after the current slate of Avengers and Guardians peters out. But I don’t believe Kevin Feige for a second. This was a total negotiating play, and they lost. Ant Man? Dr. Strange? Rocky Raccoon? Instead of Iron Man, which is established and wildly successful? They aren’t a puppet show company in Central Park. They run with their series as long as they can, unless it stops working or they screwed it up. Marvel screwed it up.
Here’s the proof that Iron Man 4 without Robert Downey Jr is terrible.
Thanks to my friend Mary I’ve added HQ scans of Iron Man 3 feature in october issue of Total Film Magazine.
Magazine Scans > Scans from 2013 > Total Film – October 10, 2013
HD Digital Copy and HD Digital Copy 3D: September 3, 2013.
The Teen Choice Awards aired earlier tonight on FOX, but only some of the awards were actually announced on television. Surprisingly, there was no mention made of the winners in some fairly significant categories.
However, some of the winners that weren’t revealed on television have now been revealed online, and there were a couple of comic book movies that won in some categories. In the Choice Movie: Action category, Iron Man 3 won, beating The Bourne Legacy, The Dark Knight Rises, G.I. Joe; Retaliation, and Skyfall.
In the Choice Movie Actor: Action category, Robert Downey Jr. won for Iron Man 3, beating Christian Bale, Daniel Craig, Chris Hemsworth, and Dwayne Johnson. In the Choice Movie Actress: Action category, Anne Hathaway won for The Dark Knight Rises, beating Jessica Biel, Adrianna Palicki, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Rachel Weisz.
There are still a couple categories where the winners still have not been announced, including several summer categories where the Man Of Steel and its stars were nominated.
The Teen Choice Awards celebrate the hottest teen icons in television, music, film, sports, fashion, comedy and the web. Fans from ages 13 to 19 voted online (up to once each day per category) to select the Teen Choice Awards winners.
Iron Man 3 is the 5th highest grossing film in history worldwide, but Robert Downey Jr. will be trading in his Marvel Universe Iron Man persona for one of a wooden boy (and possibly his father) when he stars in a live-action adaptation of Pinocchio.
Warner Bros. had initially been in talks with Tim Burton (Alice In Wonderland, Dark Shadows, Frankenweenie) to direct the Pinocchio project. When Robert Downey Jr. was approached to play the Pinocchio character he said he would only be interested if it was live-action. He didn’t want to resort to any form of animation. Tim Burton’s signature Gothic style may have been a deciding factor, and he was dropped from consideration.
Downey Jr. wished upon a star, personally requesting his friend Ben Stiller to helm the project. According to IGN his wish came true, and pre-production is underway with Ben Stiller as director.
Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. have good chemistry working together. Stiller wrote, directed, and starred in Tropic Thunder, which garnered Downey Jr. a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Kirk Lazarus (he lost to Heath Ledger). Both men are presently busy finishing up other projects and obligations.
Ben Stiller is in post-production on the adaptation of James Thurber’s short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Stiller directs and stars in the film which has just been chosen to makes its world premiere at the 51st New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, September 27. Academy Award winner Sean Penn (Mystic River, Milk), Kirsten Wiig (Bridesmaids), and Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), are all co-stars in the film, which is already getting Oscar buzz.
Robert Downey Jr. is still working on his current film The Judge with Robert Duvall and Vincent D’Orofino. He is slated to begin filming Avengers 2 in early 2014, so filming for Pinocchio is expected to start next summer.