Rumor: Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in Iron Man 2?!
by Alex Billington
February 13, 2009
Oh no, please say it's not true! According to Entertainment Weekly, Marvel has been talking with Scarlett Johansson about replacing Emily Blunt as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow in the upcoming Iron Man 2. The original news about Blunt taking the role first hit in January, but then at the end of January we reported that Fox had forced her, due to a contract signed for The Devil Wears Prada, to give up Iron Man 2 to take on Gulliver's Travels instead. So if Blunt couldn't make her schedule work, who would they get instead? Presumably someone else just as talented, right? Nope, they're looking at Scarlett Johansson!
EW claims that, "Marvel will not confirm, but sources around Hollywood say Johansson has indeed met with the filmmakers and is interested." Here's the thing about Johansson - when she first starred in Lost in Translation, I thought she was fantastic. But then came In Good Company, the first of her flops. She wasn't bad in The Prestige, but she wasn't good either. And with The Spirit and now He's Just Not That Into You, I've come to hate her. She's only about the sex appeal, not about the performance. And it's annoying seeing her try to act in bad roles when all that anyone cares about it is how much cleavage we get to see.
What I'm saying is that I think Johansson just needs the right kind of role to succeed in and those don't come that often. She was actually good in Woody Allen's last few movies, but that's because I think only he can get that kind of performance out of her. For the most part though, I'm not fond of her acting anymore. So with that said, I really do not want to see Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2 at all. Emily Blunt, on the other hand, is both an incredible actress and beautiful and would've been perfect. I really hope this rumor falls through and Blunt gets the role or it's handed off to someone just as capable. Who else agrees?