IronMan is my favorite superhero and has been for a couple decades. What first drew me to IronMan is the armor. Ever since I can remember, I've loved armor. In 1977 I saw Star Wars, and when those Stormtroopers first blasted their way onto the Princesses ship, I was in love. I think that as a kid I felt weak, shy and fearful. Being inside a suit of armor would give a person something to hide behind, a power to use, shielded against harm. I used to make my own "suits of armor" out of cardboard boxes and alot of tape. I'd even make one for my sister and would battle her.
Tony Stark is the sort of guy, everyone would want to be. He's rich, he's handsome, he's a genius, but he is also a human with frailities. When he puts on his armo, he gains strength, endurance and power. The technology that goes into one of his suits is staggering. I remember as a kid, trying to logically figure out how it would be possible. At 13, it was difficult to grasp and now 20+ years later, it still is something of an enigma.
This brings me to this movie. I've waiting for a long time for an IM movie, just like other fans have. I am concerned at how his armor could be properly displayed on screen without looking fake. Remember Robocop? Steel? Terminator? I'm sure there are better examples, but how can you make a suit of "iron" with seamless joints, a metal "look", and when it moves it doesn't appear clunky? What will the armor sound like when it is moving around? Yes, I know, CGI right? Well look at the fuss made with the Hulk movie. I thought the CGI work was incredible and realistic, for the most part. There are some very talented people in the industry out there. But will the best person be selected for the job? I think of all the armor versions, I like Adi Granov's rendition of the "ablative" armor and Starks ingestion of the Extremis to bond with the suit, the best. But how to render it to the big screen? It can't be to shiny or to dull. If CGI is use, which most likely it will be, then make IM's movements look human. Of course, we've all seen the new Star Wars films with CGI extras and many other movies using CGI stunt doubles or the like. But alot of the time, those CGI extras didn't have alot of screen time or the scene was so fast you couldn't make out the details.
So Favreau has his work cut out for him with the technology aspect of this movie. Just as important is the story and supporting cast. Jon has said that he isn't going to delve into the alcoholism in this first movie, which I think is a good idea. Save that plot for a sequel. It's also been said that the Mandarin will be the nemesis for IM. Mandy is probably the best known in IM's rogue gallery, but there are others I personally would rather see than Mandarin. Now if they give Mandarin a make-over with body armor, use a young guy to play him, then maybe it will be cool.
I've seen with the past comic-movies how zealous and critical fans can be. I love comics, but I think I've been pretty neutral across the board with regards to the genre's flaws. You can't always adapt everything straight to film from the comic. An example is the costumes of the X-men, could you imagine how the yellow spandex would have looked in the 3 films? There are many other nitpicks from fans as well, but I never really took it that serious. However, with IM I am a bit more reserved and concerned about adaption. This is most likely due to the fact that IM is my favorite and I care more about the character. My point is that I now fully understand where the fans of Superman, X-men, Catwoman (lol), Batman, Daredevil, Hulk, Spider-man and Punisher were all coming from.
For now, I wait with eager anticipation as this character comes to life. It's still quite a ways away, but hopefully Mr. Favreau will throw us a couple bones along the way.When this project starts the actual filming, then I will feel a tad more relaxed. As it is now, anything can still happen....people can quit, money can be restricted, who knows?
Good luck to you Mr. Favreau, do us proud by making a great movie.