Since getting back into comics during university I've always been a fan of Iron Man. Tony Stark on the face of it seems like a high tech imitation of Batman, a rich man with fancy gadgets fighting crime, but there was always elements that separated the two.
Batman's a much darker character, and yet oddly far more perfect. Stark's lighter, more fun loving and while Bruce Wayne's demon is the death of his parents, Tony's is with his own weapons manufacturing corporate empire and alcoholism.
Apart from the cool toys Stark's wounded heart was always something that interested me, having grown up with my own heart condition. In the earlier Iron Man books it was somewhat ridiculous as a plot point, with Stark keeping his injury a secret he kept having to rush home to plug a large chest plate into a wall socket otherwise he'd have a heart attack. Later on they streamlined this so it wasn't such a clunky piece of plot business, to the point now that it's not even something that's really mentioned.
Needless to say I was pretty excited for the Iron Man live action movie staring Robert Downey Jr. Such excitement though can be a double-edged sword, because sometimes nothing can be as good as your expectations. I think that the last three Star Wars movies suffered from that, though they had their own problems as well. How could a movie ever match the one I'd already made in my mind?
It's hard to believe it, but they managed. Robert Downey Jr is Iron Man, and I don't think I'll be able to look at the comic without imaging him in the role. I wouldn't be surprised if in a few months the artists started drawing Tony Stark like Downey, the way they now seem to draw Charles Xavier as Patrick Stewart. The movie mixed comedy with the serious adventure elements, and all in all it was probably my favorite comic book movie ever. Certainly it was comparable in quality to the first Superman movie, though clearly the onscreen visual effects were better now than in the laste 70s.
Even Lydia who I don't think has ever read an Iron Man comic liked it [iatl]. I'm already planning on going again, and again, and again. Maybe even tonight, though I do have some Grand Theft Auto IV that needs playing. It's a tough call. If I know you, and you live within about 100 kilometres of me chances are I'm going to try to drag you to this movie at some point this summer. It's your duty as my friends, my readers or random Google search arrivals to oblige me.
Oh and we're staying until the end of the credits. Why? Well it's a comic book movie, there's always something after the jump.
Like Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Holy shit was that an awesome fanboy moment. Okay, so the chance of an Avengers movie might be a bit slim, though there's rumours that Downey is appearing as Tony Stark in the upcoming Hulk movie this summer, but still the sense of a connected universe is something that's so important in comic books that never makes it to the movies.
An Avengers movie would be so awesome, especially if it was based on The Ultimates version of the team by Mark Millar and Brian Hitch. That's where the Nick Fury as Sam Jackson comes from, and oh boy if you're reading this you really think I'm a total dork.