Iron Man At Wondercon, Part 2: Future Armors, Flight Scenes And More

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:57 pm,

iron man wondercon Iron Man At Wondercon, Part 2: Future Armors, Flight Scenes And MoreOn order to get this out to you guys faster I’m working off of notes instead of transcribing from my recording of the panel. I spent the morning typing up my one on one interview with director Jon Favreau which will be up in two parts, one here and and a more technical oriented one over at Iron Man fan site Advanced Iron some time in the next week or so.

So let’s see what I didn’t cover in Part I of the panel…

Jon Favreau stated that the movie was fun to shoot due to the cast. Speaking of the cast, one interesting item was the fact that he had to fight for Robert Downey Jr. for the part. Robert lobbied hard for the role, but initially the studio wanted to cast a young twenty-something as Tony Stark. Thankfully Jon prevailed.

Favreau is hoping that the film is successful enough to greenlight sequels because he’d very much like to make more Iron Man movies. If this film is a big success, he may have the opportunity to direct the Avengers movie.

Regarding the practical (non-CGI) armor, Stan Winston, who he worked with on Zathura, approached Jon to say that his company could build a practical model of the armor. Speaking of which, I’m going to plug the limited edition 1:1 scale Iron Man movie bust designed by Stan Winston studios. simple smile Iron Man At Wondercon, Part 2: Future Armors, Flight Scenes And More

The movie will definitely be rated PG-13, but not due to excessive foul language or sex and nudity. Favreau wants the film to be family friendly and the rating will be due to the action sequences in the film. For example the bikini babe image posted the other day is from a scene that did not make it into the final cut.

Related to that, he stated that it would be difficult to do a movie based on the “Demon in a Bottle” story (Tony Stark’s decent into alcoholism) from the comics because it would be hard to tell the story in a family-friendly film. Although he did say that often sequels can get away with being darker than the original film.

Favreau also stated that while there are plenty of action sequences in the film, they are not there just for the sake of action. Any action scene in the film must advance the story and not just be there to provide eye candy.

In order for the flight scenes to seem as realistic as possible, instead of just shooting them virtually in CGI, actual cameras were placed on jets and taken up for shooting of most of the flight sequences. He used Top Gun as a guideline for shooting these scenes because the aerial shots in that film were done before the advent of CGI and thus convey a much more realistic sense of flight.

Overall, even though it’s a superhero movie, Favreau wants the action to seem as realistic and plausible as possible.

If you want a more detailed description of the trailer, just head on over to Quint’s post at AICN where he gives a very good breakdown of it.

It’s all good as far as I’m concerned, and remember to keep an eye out over the next week or so for Screen Rant’s exclusive one on one interview with director Jon Favreau!

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  1. Great stuff Vic. :]

  2. As described it all sounds great. I hope it’s not just ‘all talk’ though and it will really show in the movie.

    I enjoy Favreau’s other efforts, and he carries himslef (e.g. Dinner for 5) as though he really understands what makes movies good. I have high hopes for this one, even if I’m not a huge fan of Stark.

    Singer did really well with X1 and X2, and I think some of the things Favreau says above, like action scenes to move the movie the forward rather than just eye candy, rang true in those movies. It is possible for a comicbook movie to be intelligent too.

    Stark just isn’t as relatable as say X-Men or Spiderman, but we’ll see.

  3. I think that’s one of the reasons Favs is injecting humor into the story, to make Stark more likeable.


  4. EXCELLENT NEWS!!! I LOVE what Jon is doing and the news bit about the rating,it’ll be great to see a GOOD superhero movie. :-)

    I can’t wait for this! The new trailers will be sweet!!

  5. Tho that damn Black Sabbath song had better not be anymore than just a cameo in IM. IM should have his own theme music,not an old song that was recorded YEARS after IM was created and has ZERO to do with him. He is much bigger than that damn song and needs a soundtrack in line with the Spidey,Superman,and Batman themes. If they use Black Sabbath’s song as the soundtrack I will be EXTREMELY pissed. It’ll be so damn gimmicky……

  6. Thanks Vic for the “other half of the story” and the great coverage of WonderCon. There is so much dialogue I missed it was nice to fill in the spaces. With all the detail Jon is putting into IM I just don’t see how IM could be anything but excellent in every way.

    I am so glad Jon fought for casting Robert … Robert can absolutely make Tony Stark an honorable industrialist with total integrity … and irresistible humor, a really likeable guy!!

    I look forward to your one on one interview with Jon…..

  7. I like what Jon said about the action in there, I was worried that we were only gonna have action towards the end of the movie like Batman Begins.

    It’s good to have 3 armors so that we get to see action in 3 different armors. Unlike Batman where he was just dressed as a thug in half of the film.

    The X-men wasn’t so bad, but it wasn’t good in action.
    Pretty average !! BLADE was awesome, pop corn action to the max.

    I look forward to see this film. So Far IRON MAN seems to be better then the other Marvel Adaptations. Maybe easier to do with less mutants to deal with and a central character who gets at least 3 armors. 3 times the action.

  8. Oh, a movie about a man in iron.
    I wonder what it’s about.

  9. I’ve wathced this site daily over the past few months just for the IM updates. I gotta’ tell ya’ your updates are well done. I’m a fan of most of the Avengers, but Stark is closer to my heart than most. I was quite skeptical about an IM movie, but after reading your updates I’ll be there night one!

  10. Hey wingnut, thanks very much and also thanks for “de-cloaking.” :-)