Mickey Rourke is NOT Crimson Dynamo in Iron Man 2?!
Apparently we've got our villains all mixed up! Just four weeks ago we ran an article announcing that both Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell had joined Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 as villains. In the days following, we discovered that neither Rourke nor Rockwell had actually signed and contracts, and that the announcement was made premature. Rockwell later confirmed that he was involved, but oddly no one has heard anything from Rourke. However, when MTV sat down with Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Sherlock Holmes and asked him about Rourke, his answer made things even more confusing than before.
"That's actually incorrect," Downey Jr was quick to say. "I can neither confirm nor deny that. Or maybe it's some semblance of both. Here, I can tell you everything about the story except I won't give away the ending. The nerd stuff is top-drawer security." Huh? He didn't really clear the air either way, but then again, I'm not sure how MTV phrased the question. Others are also speculating that Downey Jr may be hinting that Rourke isn't Crimson Dynamo, but some other villain instead. We do know for certain that Sam Rockwell will be playing Justin Hammer, but as for the other villain(s) in Iron Man 2, we really have no clue!
Casting for Iron Man 2 has been incredibly troublesome. First it was Terrence Howard, then it was Samuel Jackson, now it's Mickey Rourke, and even Emily Blunt may no longer be involved as Black Widow. What gives Marvel?! To be honest, I was really looking forward to Mickey Rourke playing Crimson Dynamo, a Russian villain with a nuclear powered armored suit, just because the character looked pretty badass (see the photo above). If not Dynamo, then who else? Maybe Whiplash as was originally rumored or someone else? I really hope Jon Favreau comes out with some official clarification soon! Anyone else frustrated?