An Ironclad Hit

Posted: October 1, 2009 by kabenn03 in POP - pop culture
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In the next three years, over 100 comic book movies are expected to come into existence (see the list here). Obviously this whole comic book-turned-movie thing is kind of a big deal, so I decided to get in touch with the times.

As an X-Men (and Hugh Jackman) fanatic, I saw Wolverine almost immediately, but Iron Man took me a bit longer to see. To be honest, I thought it looked dumb, but boy was I wrong.

Robert Downy Jr. blew me away for the first time in, well, a while. There’s a reason many people call this his comeback movie. And what a comeback it was. Not only was he able to show off his drool-worthy body, but his acting skills were pretty up there too.

For those of you who have yet to see the movie (or read the comic), it’s about a man, Tony Stark, who makes war weapons and is then captured by the enemy with his own weapons. As a result, he created this iron suit that is basically one giant weapon that he wears in order to become Iron Man.

Comic book-turned-movies have become a cultural phenomenon.

Comic book-turned-movies have become a cultural phenomenon.

Downy plays Stark, a notorious bachelor that is very popular with the ladies. Actually, that doesn’t seem like much of a stretch from his real life. Nevertheless, I think he had the perfect attitude and charisma for the part. When casting for the role, director Jon Favreau had a feeling that Downey would be for Iron Man what Johhny Depp is for Pirates of the Caribbean, and I think he was exactly right. I look forward to the sequels.

As you can see, comic books aren’t just for geeks anymore. With sexy men, intense action, fairytale romances and hilarious comedy, there’s something that everyone can enjoy. And it seems as though everyone will have a lot of opportunities to do so in the near future.

~Kelsey Bennett

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