Mickey Rourke (Finally) Signed For Iron Man 2

Published 6 years ago by , Updated May 29th, 2013 at 8:34 am,

Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Mickey Rourke has finally signed on for Iron Man 2 and that the pay will be “significant”.

It’s certainly great news to see the Oscar contender in one of the most anticipated films of next year – a superhero flick no less! In addition to the announcement last week that Samuel L. Jackson is signed on for a 9-picture deal with Marvel, this news helps ease some of the worries over contract controversies Marvel has been getting itself into recently.

The report also points out that Rourke’s agent, David Unger, was able to negotiate a deal up to a “significant” salary – we can safely assume this is “significantly” higher than the $250, 000 he was reportedly offered when news first broke of Rourke negotiating for a role as the main villain in Iron Man 2.

Finke also points out that Rourke was being considered by Sony to play a villain Spider-Man 4. I wonder what villain that was supposed to be?

Interestingly, Sam L and Rourke both had ICM negotiate their deals and were both apparently low-balled with initial offers… and now both got their contract terms improved and both are set to appear in the Iron Man sequel – Good news all around.

With that cleared up (Marvel has yet to officially announce this), we still have to figure out who exactly the villain will be. There’s still widespread confusion over this as the initial Rourke casting rumor came with the following description from Variety:

“Rourke is in discussions to play a villain described as Tony Stark’s Russian alter ego, a heavily tattooed bruiser who is in the arms trade and battles Iron Man in his own nuclear-powered armored suit.”

This character description obviously hinted at the villain Crimson Dynamo as Screen Rant master Vic pointed out. However, all of the movie sites were split on this with some speculating the same as us and some reporting that he would be playing the villain, Whiplash.

Things got a little more confusing in early February when Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. revealed that Rourke’s not playing Crimson Dynamo. When asked the question of whether or not Rourke would play Whiplash instead, Downey dodged the question and hinted at some combination of the two.

And here’s another casting update that just broke: Scarlett Johansson will be playing Black Widow not only in Iron Man 2, but in subsequent Marvel movies including The Avengers. Word is that quite the opposite of Rourke’s deal, hers was pretty cheap. Scarlett as Black Widow was first floated about a month ago, and most fans of the comic cook character are NOT happy with her as a choice to play the Russian super-spy babe.

What do you think of Rourke’s involvement and Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow?

Iron Man 2 starts shooting this spring and is set to hit theaters on May 7th 2010.

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  1. I like Mickey Rouke and I am glad to see his career is back on track. I saw him on an interview with Charlie Rose some weeeks ago.

    Regarding Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow…I think the Black Widow should be played by an unknown actress. SJ is pretty, but she doesn’t look like Black Widow material. Maybe I’m being a bit tough here, but I just think the Black Widow should be an unknown actress as I said before. I think what they are doing is simply trying to put a well known actress into the movie because, as I stated before in another post base, to try to use her as an insurance tool to bring the fans in if they can’t bring us in by the storyline itself. I think they should really research the character of the Black Widow and go with another choice.

    By the way is it that hard to actually find a natural redhead? I don’t understand why Hollywood tries to do its best to go waaaaaaaaay out of the box.

  2. Holy Crap, Mrs. Reynolds screwed Mila Jovovich out of a job.

  3. Hey, I was the one that first recommended Milla for Black Widow, lol. At least that I know of, didn’t see anyone else mentioning her… :-P

    I’m kidding though, I know it’s a somewhat obvious choice so I’m sure many of you were thinking it long before I chose to say something about it. But I’m still kind of sad that Emily Blunt wouldn’t be playing her. Not that I love Blunt or anything, but because she seemed like she was really excited about it. The one thing that gets me is when someone’s excitement is shot down, breaks my heart, lol. She sounded so let down and sad when it turned out she can’t do it… Oh well.

    I’m sure it will turn out well, the news of Rourke is good, and it’s nice to see IM2 is finally off and running. Can’t wait to see the suit of armor flying again.

  4. I have to say that my reaction is about in line with this article. Rourke as Crimson Dynamo–cool. Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow just makes no sense to me. Going with a “big name” for this part just doesn’t make sense.

  5. Concerning Rourke “not playing Crimson Dynamo”, but he is going to be wearing armor, that should automaticaly mean he is going to be Titanium Man (who, save Gremlin, has always been a soldier). That, and Titanium Man was always more/better of an enemy than Crimson Dynamo. Crimson Dynamo started as a scientist, I hope that Marvel remembers that. I think that would play out better.

  6. Famke Janson should be Black Widow – too obvious, played another Marvel character? I don’t care. She owns the role of Widow

  7. Good luck to the new cast members.
    Lets see who else they get and for what roles.

  8. I read somewhere just yesterday that Rourke will be Whiplash.

  9. @Quicksilver

    It is still unclear who, exactly Rourke will be playing in the film.


  10. Yah, you will hear all types of rumors before that. During the production of the first IM, I think the villain was supposed to be Crimson Dynamo. They kept referring to the armor they were building and designing for the villain as Crimson Dynamo during the production of it, haha.

  11. I agree with Panda; Famke Janssen would be great as Black Widow. Yeah she was good as Jean Grey in X-Men but her performance as Bond villain Xeinia in GoldenEye is what totally sells me on her; her Russian accent is completely spot on.

  12. i predict that Mickey Rourke will be a friggin great villain