First Look: Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in Iron Man 2!
Whoa! Jon Favreau is definitely on top of all the buzz. People have been asking to see Mickey Rourke as Whiplash since he's been talking about him kicking so much ass on Twitter. And now we have our first look courtesy of USA Today! Rourke stars as Ivan Vanko aka the villain Whiplash in Iron Man 2. His "outfit" consists of a power pack on his chest that looks similar to the one used by Tony Stark. "The technologies are definitely related, and that's part of the core theme of the film," explains director Jon Favreau. This is probably not what you're expecting to see (I wasn't), but it's awesome to see Rourke suited up nonetheless.
Whiplash has "constructed his own version of a suit," which is where the initial confusion about Rourke playing Crimson Dynamo came from. His suit includes a pair of whips, powered by the chest piece that he's "going to light them up." Favreau wouldn't confirm whether the character stays completely true to the roots of the comic. "We like to play into and against the expectations that people might have so, we mixed it up a bit," Favreau says. "Robert has a tremendous screen presence. So it was very important that the villain be as compelling as can be. Once I thought of Mickey in that role, it made me understand how to shape the story."