So Iron Man 2 opens in theaters across the country this Friday and I guess I’m supposed to be going nuts with excitement, but I’m not. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the first one quite a bit. I watched it once and thought they did a good job and somehow managed to make an entertaining movie about a character that I have never cared about in my life. I just didn’t go completely insane over it like most people I know.
That said, I have to admit that Mickey Rourke as Whiplash looks like a lot of fun and you can never go wrong when you put Sam Rockwell in anything (I could watch that guy stand in line at the bank). Also Scarlett Johansson doing superhero stuff in skin tight leather should at the very least keep me awake. I’m a little annoyed for consistency sake that Don Cheadle is replacing Terrence Howard as Rhodey soley because it drives me nuts when characters are re-cast in a film series (which made the Batman movies from the 90’s almost completely intolerable, or was that just Joel Schumacher’s direction?). Still, this is the Robert Downey Jr. show and he’s what people are paying to see.
That bit of casting is still pretty impressive as Downey definitely knocked every scene in the original out of the park and I’m sure will do the same here. I can’t explain it. On paper I should be stressed about securing my midnight showing ticket, but it’s just not happening. I don’t know if the hype train backfired a3nd the steady stream of commercials make me feel like I’ve already seen it or what, but I don’t see myself rushing out right away like I normally do with movies based on a comic book (Even though I sort of nerded out the other night and bought one of those straws at 7-11 with the little flying action figure attached). Oh well, there’s always Batman 3.