Weekly Ketchup: Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell in Iron Man 2
Some unforseen circumstances kept the Weekly Ketchup from being published last week (you can read it here), but this week the column returns, featuring casting news for Iron Man 2 and Watchmen director Zack Snyder's next movie, as well as news about biopics about John Lennon, Edgar Allen Poe and the "real" Romeo and Juliet?
#1 IRON MAN 2: ARMOR WARS?
The really interesting part of the Iron Man 2 casting process kicked in this week as Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell were both announced as being in talks to play characters that suggest that the plot will closely resemble one of Iron Man's most memorable story arcs, Armor Wars, in which Tony Stark travels around the world, beating down several super villains who are wearing armor derived from his patents. Although The Hollywood Reporter describes Mickey Rourke's character as Whiplash, I'm pretty sure Variety has it right when they say that he will be playing a Russian arms dealer who calls himself Crimson Dynamo, because if Iron Man has one classic villain in an armor suit that would be awesome in a movie, it would be Crimson Dynamo. Fueling the idea that Armor Wars is the plot, Sam Rockwell is in talks to play Justin Hammer, the arms dealer who is really at the center of that story. The casting process is still underway for another enticing character, "Natasha," who has got to be Natasha Romanov, also known as one of the sexiest characters in comics (ever), Black Widow, and a future member of the Avengers. My next question for Iron Man 2 is whether the Crimson Dynamo will be the only armored foe, or whether other Armor Wars characters like the Beetle, the Controller, Titanium Man and (one of my favorite villains) Stilt-Man might also make the cut.