Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell Joining Iron Man 2 as Villains!
by Alex Billington
January 7, 2009
Variety and Hollywood Reporter are reporting that both Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell are in talks to join Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2! Rourke is in discussions to play a villain described as Iron Man's Russian alter ego, a heavily tattooed bruiser named Ivan who becomes Crimson Dynamo, a villain with his own nuclear-powered armored suit. Rockwell would play a British villain named Justin Hammer, a multibillionaire businessman and a rival of industrialist of Tony Stark. No other new details were revealed about the highly anticipated sequel. Can you handle two huge casting announcements in one day?
This is the second casting news for Rourke today, following confirmation that he had also joined Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables. This is certainly one of the greatest acting comebacks we've seen in years. As for the villain, the original Crimson Dynamo first appeared in Tales of Suspense #46 in 1963. There have been 12 various Crimson Dynamo incarnations over the years, so it's likely this one is being written specifically for the cinematic Iron Man universe. However, there are conflicting reports that Rourke might be a villain named Whiplash instead. My best guess is that he's actually Dynamo, not Whiplash.
As for Rockwell's character, Justin Hammer, he first appeared in the comics in Iron Man #120 in 1979. Hammer invented a device called the hypersonic scan transmitter, which allowed him to take control of Iron Man's armor. Angered that he had lost a lucrative bid to Stark Industries, Hammer took control of his armor and forced him to kill the Carnelian ambassador. Since then, Hammer has been one of Stark's primary adversaries, coming up with endless evil schemes over the years. Sounds like Favreau has found the right two villains for this sequel!! Paramount will bring Iron Man 2 to theaters on May 7th, 2010.
Update: Both articles from Variety and Hollywood Reporter have turned this casting news into quite a debacle. No one really knows who is playing who. Devin at CHUD has a great breakdown looking at potential characters. We'll hopefully have some clarification on this in the next few days or weeks.