Stills: Mickey Rourke As Whiplash In ‘Iron Man 2’
Posted by Brian on 06/09/2009
Jon Favreau has just premiered the first official shot of Mickey Rourke as Russian, Ivan Vanko, in Marvel’s Iron Man 2 via USA Today. Whiplash sports a power center similar to the one used by Iron Man (Downey Jr.). “The technologies are definitely related, and that’s part of the core theme of the film,” says director Jon Favreau. “He’s constructed his own version of Iron Man’s suit.” Whiplash is known for having a pair of whips, powered by the suit’s mini arc-reactor. “Whiplash is going to light them up,” says Rourke.
The first official shot shows Whiplash making an appearance at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. I think Rourke looks great here, and I can’t wait to see the chemistry between him and Robert Downey Jr., not to mention Sam Rockwell. This film has an amazing cast who can only elevate the first film. Favreau wouldn’t confirm whether Rourke’s Vanko stays true to the comics as a weapons designer working for Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), a rival of Tony Stark’s. “We like to play into and against the expectations that people might have so, we mixed it up a bit,” Favreau says. I love that audiences aren’t as familiar with Tony Stark’s villain roster as Batman or Superman, so there’s a certain openness to experimentation and trying to find what suits the actor. “It was very important that the villain be as compelling as can be,” Favreau said. “Once I thought of Mickey in that role, it made me understand how to shape the story.”
Iron Man 2 comes to theaters May 10, 2010, is directed by Jon Favreau and was written by Justin Theroux. The film co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johannsen, and Don Cheadle. Thanks to Advanced Iron for providing the high-res shot.