James Badge Dale Lands Interesting Supporting Role in 'Iron Man 3'

May 16, 2012
Source: Variety

James Badge Dale

Here's a bit of interesting casting that should have comic book fans scratching their heads a bit. Following in the footsteps of Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley and Rebecca Hall, The Grey and Shame star James Badge Dale has landed a supporting role in Iron Man 3. What's interesting is Variety reports his role is said to be Eric Savin, and in the comics he's a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army put in charge of Project: Ultra. After stepping on a land mine, cybernetic surgery is performed on him and he's resurrected as the cyborg Coldblood, though as far as I can tell, there's no precedent for his interaction with Iron Man in the comics.

Perhaps the character is being used as one of those in charge of the Extremis project since that's the comic on which the screenplay is loosely based. It would blur the lines of the comic book a bit, but that's not unheard of. Then again, maybe Marvel is looking to set up yet another smaller franchise by introducing Coldblood in Iron Man 3. Kingsley is already a villain, but maybe Coldblood is the real force to be reckoned with or he could become another sidekick to take down terrorists and such. There's yet to be someone who takes up a post similar to Iron Man and be a competing hero, so maybe that's in the cards too.

Details will likely emerge as production begins this summer, but for now we're a bit clueless as to the extent of this character's involvement in the story. Either way, Dale is a great addition, and he's about ready to have a great line-up of films with roles in Robert Zemeckis' Flight starring Denzel Washington, the adaptation of World War Z and Disney's new take of The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Adding one of the biggest comic book franchises to his future slate can only help his career, and that's fine by me as a fan of his work in "Rubicon" and "The Pacific." Thoughts?

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I love this guy! He was awesome in "The Pacific."

Xerxexx on May 16, 2012


Agreed. He made that mini-series. Incredible actor. He should be getting more roles.

Quanah on May 16, 2012


I've hears great things about Rubicon.

Xerxexx on May 16, 2012


He was excellent in that show. Then again, it was a great series, at least to me. A slow burn at first, but it just got better and better. Too bad it was canned after one season.

Scopedog on May 17, 2012


someone new for a 5 minute boss battle?

Jericho on May 16, 2012


I hated this guy in the pacific. That's why I stopped watching the show. But it won't keep me from watching IM3.

The Douche on May 16, 2012


The Pacific as a whole was a weak follow up to Band of Brothers, and the like-ability of Dale's character was, in my opinion, out of his hands. But if you've seen his performance in AMC's Rubicon, that was a role that was extremely engaging and well acted. 

Phillip Gockel on May 16, 2012


 The Pacific was unfairly compared to Band of Brothers. No way was it going to be better than BoB. If judge on its own merits it was a great story and Dale's character was actually very compelling...especially when he takes out the Japanese soldier after his fellow soldiers are torturing him...which the above photo is taken from.

Xerxexx on May 16, 2012


I don't disagree entirely, but being that it was the same channel, same producers, and same basic format, I believe that a comparison is entirely justified. Though my main issue with Dale's character was that it shifted from compelling to bland, often within the same episode. Much of that being the context with which his character was in and the script being a bit stale at points. I really didn't have a problem with his performance though.

Phillip Gockel on May 16, 2012


 BoB is great for its own reasons and the Pacific is good on its own merits.

Xerxexx on May 16, 2012


I can agree with that.

Phillip Gockel on May 16, 2012


 @phillibuster87:disqus cheers!

Xerxexx on May 16, 2012


Why would you compare the European campaign with the Pacific? As I WWII buff I thought it captured the battle of the Pacific with an edge and suffering never seen on film. 

Quanah on May 17, 2012


I wasn't comparing the campaigns, but rather the miniseries themselves. Being that they are both in fact wartime portrayals, they share much more in common than say, an actual war.

Phillip Gockel on May 18, 2012


He was awesome in 24 as well

Reagan Fabry on May 16, 2012


I miss Rubicon so much. Like, really. A lot. 

reeft on May 16, 2012


I want Pym & Ultron!!!

Kamish on May 16, 2012


If I were anyone that appeared in 'The Pacific', I'd ask that it be permanently  stricken from my resume. JBD was good in 24 and he may have been good in the other stuff mentioned. However, I'd strongly warn anyone off of going into watching 'The Pacific' expecting it to be on the qualitative par of 'Band of Brothers'. There really should be no comparison. The source material for BoB was one single book; while 'The Pacific' sourced at least three books and did a confusing job of trying to wind the stories together. Also, the character outlines throughout 'The Pacific' seemed too vague; all of the actors seemed to be inconsistent tonally, not just JBD.

DaveLister_JMC on May 16, 2012


In the extremis storyline there was a guy who tried the nanotech 1st, then beating the crap out of Iron Man, prompting Stark to need to be more than just a man to fight foes like this, maybe Dale'll be the dude who makes Stark up the anté all under the manipulation of the Mandarin? Its fun to speculate on these things....especially as Thanos works away in the background....

Voice of Reason on May 17, 2012

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