Huge Iron Man Update: New Interview, Images, & Video

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:58 pm,
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Much like my friend John Comerford (Editor of the amazing Iron Man online magazine Advanced Iron) did last summer, I flew out to California specifically for the opportunity to have a one on one interview with Iron Man director Jon Favreau. I’d been trying for months to wrangle an opportunity to interview the man who so far has seemed to hit all the right notes with the movie adaptation of our beloved Marvel Comics character.

As it turned out my chance came at the San Francisco WonderCon, where I was fortunate enough to be the only person granted a personal interview with “Favs.” Below you’ll find the bulk of the interview, but for the full version which includes items of special interest to Iron Man fans regarding the armor, technology and the cybernetic interface to the armor, download the latest free issue of Advanced Iron.

The interview was conducted directly following the premiere of the second Iron Man trailer and extended clips shown at WonderCon.

In addition we have some new images from the film plus a cool promotional video for the new Audi A8 that integrates both Iron Man and their latest model.

Enjoy!


Screen Rant: Thanks so much for taking the time.

Jon Favreau: Can I tell them (Paramount/Marvel) that it went great, you think?

Oh, yeah.

Did it? You think it went well? It went great.

That second trailer rocked. So that’s a longer trailer than will be shown during Lost?

On Lost it’s going to be 90 seconds. This was 2 1/2 minutes, it’s going to be in front of 10,000 B.C.

Now I have to go see 10,000 B.C.

Exactly! It went great today. There we go. Ok. Thanks for your patience. (Jon was texting someone at the start of the interview and was reading out loud what he was writing and receiving.)

Some people are concerned that there might be a little bit too much humor in the film.

Yeah, I mean there might be, there might be. I really try to capture the irreverence of Marvel – especially growing up there was always a sort of tongue in cheek quality to Marvel, but the tongue in cheek never had to do with the stakes of the action or the situation. They always took the reality of the world very seriously, but the characters had… especially Tony Stark had a little bit of an irreverence to him. And certainly Stan Lee and all those letters to the Editor… there was always a tradition of Marvel being a reaction to the other books that were very earnest. This one had a little bit more of a swagger, and I think that the tone… I’m very proud of the tone of the film. I think there’s a definite sense of reality and there’s definitely a sense of – in the clips we showed today there was definitely some humor in it and we wanted to show that side of it.

It didn’t seem overstated, in my opinion.

This is as silly as it gets. It doesn’t get sillier.

That whole 10% thing… (Referring to a very funny scene in the trailer where Stark first tests the boots at 10% of propulsive capacity)

Yeah, but by the same token, I want to build a reality where you really believe that he could earn flying the suit. My favorite part of Spiderman was the learning curve of learning what the new powers were. There was a lot of creative discussion as to how much time can you take before he’s fighting as Iron Man. I mean of course you get to see him bust out of the cave, so you get to see him fight as Iron Man in the Mark I suit, but I wanted to take the time to not have him conveniently throw on the suit and go off and save somebody from a mugging. I didn’t think that was the story. This was about a guy through trial and error figuring out how to actually achieve this and so you saw a few of the beats of it here today where he’s learning with the boots and he’s learning with the boots and the gauntlets and then he has some fantastic operating system that helps – like the difference between a B2 and the Flying Wing. The Flying Wings were very unstable but thanks to computer technology, all the aerodynamics for the B2 bomber, the Stealth Bomber, they seem to have overcome those deficiencies through technology.

I noticed something in the trailer – in the Super Bowl trailer the final scene with him shooting the tank seemed unfinished.

Yes, it was. What happens is, we show the footage to the marketing people, and they have really great marketing people at Paramount, I’ve been very happy with what they’ve cut together and Marvel’s been impressed as well. They will grab little pieces that they think help sell the movie in a trailer, but very little concern is given to how far along it is in the process and so are visual effects supervisors and our vendors have to scramble to try to get shots done much earlier than they had planned in the pipeline. But that moment of blowing up the tank was seen as a wonderful moment for the Super Bowl and for the trailer so… that was something we had just filmed weeks earlier, we had finished getting the elements for that. And so it was a mad dash to get it done. But you can see [in this new trailer] this is the next generation of the shot. And I think the fans understand that. The problem is when it’s not done yet it looks like a video game.


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That’s what the question was.

Yeah… and I think some people thought that it might have been a stylistic choice. It wasn’t, it was purely a function of this is the stock that tests very well with the audiences we’re trying to reach with the Super Bowl ad, and we’re paying whatever it was… $2.7 million for 30 seconds – they want it to have impact. So we went down that path, I trust their instincts. And now there’s other early stuff of the gantry suiting him up and taking the suit off and that’s still being worked on as well. I feel it’s far enough along that I’m comfortable putting it out there. I don’t make any excuses for stuff that’s not done, it has to hold up.

It was definitely a cool shot, but people were wondering because the look was so different.

Well we knew we’d be coming out with the new trailer fairly soon after. It was either don’t use it or… a lot of times you’re planning to do it but you don’t know where it’s going to get to because it shows up. Those shots that are in this [the new trailer shown at WonderCon] were literally cut in last night. So they’re working around the clock to get these shots ready for the marketing materials. In addition we’re about to mix so we’re getting sequences that are not as far along as this stuff either. So that’s a very stressful aspect of making a movie like this: It’s not done, even though you’ve been working on it for two years, it ain’t done until the print is shipped.

Speaking of marketing, I posted an image of the new poster on Screen Rant and people are loving it.

Really? Oh that’s great. It did work really well, I’m very proud of it. I’m proud of it too because… for the fans there are homages in the film to the various designs of the armor from the Mark I… although the Mark II sort of occupies the space that the gold suit would have, but there was a Silver Centurion suit. What we really liked about the Mark II was the sense that it was like this hand-fabricated prototype like in The Aviator. You can see that he has built this and then it turns into the gold and red, which you see in the trailer as well, it’s just kind of fun. And that’s just all.. it’s just really kick-ass. But the silver suit had come from, we had looked at production art, and it was some black and white production art and the suit really had a different personality and i really felt it bridged the gap [between the Mark I and the Mark III]. Not that you have to believe that all the technology’s real in this movie, but it should at least be plausible. And by taking the audience step by step through the process once you’ve earned that plausibility I think they’re ready to enjoy it on a level that they wouldn’t have if the guy just stepped out of a phone booth wearing the suit.

It seems that a lot of the film is dedicated to the building of the suits.

It is, and the transformation of the character also, and one serves as a metaphor for the other. That’s good mythic storytelling and in an origin story you have that at your disposal. In future episodes it becomes more serialized and you have to struggle to maintain a relevance of arc for the character, as Spider-Man 3 demonstrated – he hit a low point in his life, Peter Parker. What has to be manufactured in future episodes is germane and in a lot of ways an encumbrance to the first one. Often times origin stories feel like two movies, but I think I’ve integrated it well, I’m very proud of how it came out.

Have you narrowed down the movie’s run time?

Yeah, it’s going to be under two, about two hours. On or about two.

What about the Avengers movie?

The truth of the matter is that Marvel wants to do it. There are challenges that come with it. I think you have to launch at least one episode of Captain America, you have to do one Iron Man, you have to do one Hulk, they have an Ant-Man in the works, Thor theoretically. I guess you could leapfrog a “first” of certain ones. What it really offers is the ability to add more interest to a franchise that might be flagging because you have explored what you can with a single character, and here’s an organic way to help propel the story forward and cross pollinate. I’m sure it becomes a difficult business model down the road because those players all become expensive. Everything becomes more expensive – I can’t imagine what it would cost to pull the cast of Spider-Man with the cast of X-Men, you know, with the cast of Dark Knight together. I’m sure it gets expensive, so I don’t know what they have in mind but that’s the plan.


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I think people are looking forward to an Avengers movie far more than a Justice League movie.

I think that’s because when you completely re-cast to overcome the issues I’m talking about, I understand why they were going to do it. Unless you do it as a young JLA or you justify it in some way, to just reboot it while another franchise is up and running is something the fans are going to question. But I don’t know how feasible it is to do a superhero alliance film with all the original people and filmmakers, but we want to figure out a way to do it with Avengers. And I think the people who come on board, are kind of excited about the idea as they sign on for each individual franchise.

Is your head going to explode from the responsibility of helming the first Marvel-financed film?

I like it actually, because as a director you’re completely pot-committed, you’re all in with every movie you make. Your whole career is dictated by how your last movie came out. With studios they can withstand a few bombs, usually, as long as they have a few hits. They tend to press their bets on the movies that they think are going to be sure things. And I’ve been left out in the cold in the past and sometimes I’ve gotten lucky like with Elf. With this one it HAS to be successful for Marvel so it’s nice to know that people who are making the movie and who are your partners have as much to lose and to gain as you do. So I actually feel very comfortable and comforted by that, at least on the Marvel front. And so far Paramount has had very good instincts and I love the materials they’re coming up with and they seem to be a good partner as well. I think they have a lot to prove to Marvel because this is a budding partnership. There’s a lot of movies to come if this works out well for both of them.

Why did they come to you instead of someone like a Michael Bay to direct Iron Man?

I don’t know… you know, it’s funny – I think Michael Bay surprised people with Transformers, he certainly surprised me, I really enjoyed that film more than I had films of his in the past. He ended up putting together a good cast and getting a good voice and a good tone to that film. You knew the action would be good just from his body of work. In the case of this I think they just trusted that they could make the action work. I figured that they wanted storytellers that could give it a personality. Because the people that I work with like Kevin Feige and Avi [Arad] and all of the people that have done many of these movies before, they understand the process and the pipeline of making a big action that’s successful and it’s very collaborative. We all look over storyboards together, pre-vis together, we all deal with the vendors together – it’s not a one man band. But when it comes to scenes between Gwyneth and Robert and the humor and the tone it really does come down to the director having a voice, and it’s a lot easier to get the action right if you have a good story than to get a good story when you have good action set pieces. So I think that they were very smart and I think that they’re very happy with it. But I know that’s sort of what they’re pushing for all their new franchises, they really want their brand to be associated with classy projects.


Advanced Iron Issue73 Huge Iron Man Update: New Interview, Images, & Video
So there you go. For the full interview which includes info about Jon Favreau’s approach to the technology of Tony Stark and Iron Man, check out the latest issue of Advanced Iron, which you can download for free. Included in the latest issue which was just released today is a comparison between Iron Man years ago and today (a great primer if you’re not familiar with the character), awesome artwork and an interview with the current creative team that’s working on the comic book.

And now, check out this new video that combines a promo for the new Audi A8 with Iron Man:



For an additional video and more images head on over to Audi’s Iron Man site.

Iron Man opens on May 2, 2008.

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  1. LOL, man I haven’t seen that screen cap of the Clunker Armor yet! How’d you keep that hidden from me? LOL… great interview, man!

  2. Cool video! And those pics are great too. Can’t wait to read the rest of the interview on the zine. :]

  3. THIS…… IS………..AWESOME!!!!! thanks for he interview and stuff

  4. Nice work Vic!

    Interesting comments on the JLA controversy and the Avengers film.

    (I believe Jon’s nailed that point.)
    In terms of the JLA film “Its too big of a step in terms of scope for the franchises involved (Batman, Superman)”

    Sounds like Marvel is going to release superhero *Origin* films first then later down the road put together a Avengers film. I like that idea better than recasting with different younger actors JLA style.
    If JLA comes out with there young newbee cast its going to look pretty bad compaired to a film with Ed Norton , Downey Jr etc playing the roles that the fans know them for.

    Sorry KEL….(IMO),
    JLA needs more time to figure itself out…

  5. Vic, were you wearing a kilt during that interview? I think Favreau blew sunshine up it at one point.

    Face it, there will be no Avengers or Justice League movie with the original actors.

    The CAST won’t sustain it (ensemble roles for former headline roles) and the COST won’t support it. After just getting all the actors to show, you’d have no budget left for effects.

    Then there’s logistics, such as each origin story taking YEARS to execute. By the time Thor and Captain America’s stories are told, Downey/Stark will be in Mark XXIV Armor with a built-in walker.

    The solo movies are fine. Incidental meet-ups or close-calls would be cool.Cameos could work, too. Any old fool can dress in a hero costume.

  6. Uh, Jim… you may have heard of this little series of movies with titles like Ocean’s 11. Ocean’s 12 & Ocean’s 13?

    What were those if not top heavy with headline actors?

    And did he not say it would be a very difficult thing to do and he’s not sure how Marvel plans on pulling it off?

    Vic

  7. Yea I don’t see the cost of the cast being an issue with Marvel films. They seem to be a few steps ahead of DC on that one…
    DC really needs to stop and think of the longterm effects of a JLA film…

  8. Thanks Vic for a great interview. I know you must have been very excited to get the only interview with Jon after the WonderCon presentation.. and it is a great one. You know just the right questions to ask. Hey, Jon did say he had promised to text Robert right after to let him know how it went … do you suppose that’s who he was texting when you started the interview? Those two are just like a couple of kids … the enthusiasm is fantastic!!

    Those clips of Downey “learning to fly” were priceless. Love how excited Jon gets when answering the questions … specially the one about the jet boots… I think he loved that moment of teasing the audience.

    Thanks again Vic… so glad you could be at WonderCon … sorry I missed you.
    Now I am off to AI to get the rest of the story! ;-)

    joyce

  9. Thanks for the interview, Vic. I feel very comfortable with Jon as the director and I think that this movie is going to be a huge hit.

    I think a Justice League movie COULD work if they do it after Season 8 of Smallville and use the Smallville heroes of JL that have been introduced already: Superman, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Cyborg, etc. Heck, season 8 could work in a cameo by Bruce Wayne, thus setting the groundwork for a JL movie with a somewhat affordable, but believeable cast.

  10. Done right,I would love to see A JLA or Avengers film.

    But until then I am really stoked about Iron Man!
    Great interview Vic!
    Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

  11. They could do a JLA film that way Andy but I still say if JLA comes out first Marvel will counter it by releasing an Avengers film with Downey and Norton. That’s all you would need the rest could be cast and then break off into their solo films.
    (Assuming of course the almost gauranteed success of Iron Man and hopefully the Hulk as well).

    I could allmost her it in the interview with Jon F. Its like he wanted to say more about that but couldn’t at this time.

  12. Oh man, I seriously think Iron Man is gonna be BIG and it’ll easily be the best movie this year. Downloading Advanced Iron #73 right now..

  13. What I think is cool is this film is going to be about his transformation into Iron Man thru his Armor suit creations and the sh*t that goes down with his mentor.
    This and his relationships are going to make this the BEST superhero origin film ever.
    I’m so totally allready in love with this film , allready….

  14. BTW guys, I’ve gotten confirmation that the movie will NOT open on April 30th in the U.S.

    The May 2nd release date is still correct.

    Vic

  15. Great post, Vic! I’m glad that you got the chance to interview Favs, brother man!

    The rest of you…… how DARE you bring up the subject of JLA without me??????

    You guys know that I ALWAYS have two cents (sense… hee hee) to put in about that!

    I don’t have that much of a problem with the recasting of Superman and Batman, even tho I loved Bale and Routh in the roles. Batman’s been recast sooo many times that audiences should be used to that by now, and so has Superman. The trouble is we don’t know if who they’ve cast are good choices or not. All we have right now are RUMORS, nothing official on their casting. And from where I sit, the rumored actors are bad choices. DJ Cotrona would make a horrible Superman (he’s like 5′ 9′, guys!) and Armie Hammer would be a horrible Batman (he’s 6′ 5′! Not to mention he’ll be aproaching SEVEN feet tall with that cowl, dwarfing Cotrona’s Superman! That ain’t right!), IMO. I frankly think that the Hollywood Reporter got the two mixed up. I think Armie Hammer was cast as Superman and DJ Cotrona was cast as Batman, not vice versa. It makes much more sense to me that way and I’d be much more tolerant of their casting if that were the case. Time will tell.

    THAT said, I think the rest of the cast is fine. Some choices I quite like:

    Megan Gale as WW: Good choice, IMO

    Common as GL/John Stewart: Great choice, IMO

    Adam Brody as Flash/ Barry Allen: OK choice, IMO, I’m warming up to him (he reminds me of Maguire a little)

    Anton Yelchin as Kid Flash/ Wally West: EXCELLENT choice, IMO

    The rest I’ll wait and see before I pass any further judgment. :-)

    I think a JLA movie is a great idea, I understand the reasons why they’d recast Superman and Batman, and hope that WB/DC knock one out of the park with this one. They have too much to lose if they don’t, IMO.

  16. And 790, although you disagree, I think it’s great that they’re casting unknowns as the JLA members. More believable that way. Like Chris Reeve as Superman, if they’d have cast Robert Redford as Supes instead of him we’d have been seeing Rob Redford dressed up like Superman on the big screen instead of Superman. Trouble is, are these unknowns any good? ;-)

    But I think some of these bigger names like Downey are taylor made for their parts. :-)

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