UPDATED: Mickey Rourke AND Scarlett Johansson Confirmed for Iron Man 2

Mickey and Robert will indeed square off in the next installment of the blockbuster movie franchise Iron Man 2, AND word has come in that Scarlett Johansson will be replacing Emily Blunt as Black Widow.

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By jman1977 - 3/11/2009
Nicki Fink's deadline Holloywood made the announcement that Mickey Rourke will in fact play a "Russian villain" in Iron Man 2 -- which we all know is the badguy known as Whiplash.

"He may not have won the Oscar, but Mickey Rourke is taking his nomination to the bank. I just heard that ICM has scored its second casting deal for Marvel's Iron Man 2. After at first being low-balled by the studio to the tune of $250K, Rourke has signed on for the role of the Russian villain in the sequel after his agent David Unger got the quote up to a "significant" level despite this punishing economic climate where the studios are taking advantage of talent. (No wonder Mickey kept thanking Unger so profusely in acceptance speeches for the BAFTA, Golden Globe, Spirit, and other awards.) But don't expect Marvel to confirm any of this: they won't until all the i's are dotted and t's crossed on the contracts. I can also tell you that Sony was considering hiring Mickey to play the villain in Spider-Man 4. Rourke happens to be in Russia this week promoting Fox Searchlight's The Wrestler, and I hear he'll start researching his new role immediately there. Marvel did the same thing to ICM's Toni Howard client Samuel L. Jackson. The studio low-balled him, but then eventually came up a lot and locked in a long-term commitment for Jackson to play Nick Fury in as many as 9 Marvel films, including Iron Man 2."

This is great news. Thank God, this shows the studios commitment to only put out quality material with quality actors. The other intresting point in this story is that Sony is also considering Mickey for the bad guy role in Spiderman 4. Can anyone say Kraven?

Later, the same website reported that Scarlett Johansson did indeed get the role of Black Widow after actress Emily Blunt was unable to take the job. The site said that Johansson had actually turned down for the role in favor of Emily, but now it turns out that she was the closest second place--as she has been tapped to take the part.
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CrookedJaw - 3/11/2009, 7:39 PM
Sweet, Mickey's a great actor, although...I was hoping for the Mandarin as the Villain for this movie...but I guess Marvel wants the "Big bad" bad guy to be in Ironman 3
thenumber12 - 3/11/2009, 7:39 PM
Rourke would be a great Kraven.
CrookedJaw - 3/11/2009, 7:57 PM
dude...I just pictured Rourke speaking in a cool Kraven costume in a Spiderman movie in my head...and you're right, he'd be an awesome Kraven
thenumber12 - 3/11/2009, 8:20 PM
He's got the perfect build and look for Kraven. He even sounds like i picture Kraven would.
TeenIdol - 3/11/2009, 8:27 PM
@ Davidzuck - Mickie as Kraven, now there's a GREAT idea.
MidKnight35 - 3/11/2009, 9:21 PM
Atleast this is some news that I can bear to read, unlike the troll reviews of wolvie orgins...
CaptainAmazing - 3/11/2009, 9:41 PM
No offense to you guys who would really like to see him as Kraven, I'm the kinda guy that likes to mix it up in my movies... I wouldn't really like it if he played Kraven in Spider-Man 4 and say, the Crimson Dynamo in Iron Man 2. Because you get used to seeing someone like that playing a specific character and I would find it strange to see them playing a different villan in a different movie.
MisterNiceGuy - 3/11/2009, 10:00 PM
yea i feel the same way. especially when its 2 characters in the same universe. thats just weird
SupermanReturns2 - 3/11/2009, 10:19 PM
Let's just wait and see.
rauchsolid - 3/11/2009, 10:21 PM
IMDB has him listed as Ivan/Whiplash. Granted, that doesn't mean anything at this point. Just thought it was interesting.
THULK - 3/11/2009, 10:33 PM
I think Rourke is too old. They need some that has more style to bring to this movie.
CrookedJaw - 3/11/2009, 10:40 PM
yeah yeah, I wasn't saying he should do both parts...it would be confusing if say Toby maguire was Spidey, and then someone else in the Marvel Universe...I know what you mean
ManOfIron - 3/11/2009, 11:34 PM
WHY HER?! anyone but her! she's too... veloupuis? (spl) lol she's gotta get athletic!
JohnClayBurchett - 3/12/2009, 12:42 AM
I think they'll touch on Mandarin in II. I don't think I'm happy about Scarlett as Black Widow though. She's pretty, but not the type of pretty you want for Black Widow IMO. ????? Who's with me!!!!!!??????
RorMachine - 3/12/2009, 6:57 AM
Scarlett is all wrong for Widow...shes too short and too stacked and just ..WRONG

Rourke would be good in any damn role i reckon!
comicb00kguy - 3/12/2009, 6:59 AM
Rourke could make a great Kraven. Seeing him and the Lizard could make for a good Spidey film, and help wash the foul memories of Spidey 3 from my mind. Whether or not that happens, at least we have a good cast shaping up for Iron Man 2.
mativ16 - 3/12/2009, 7:58 AM
Ok IMBD has Rourke as Ivan/Whiplash(rumored). & Wikipedia has him tapped to play the Crimson Dynamo. (Neither website is 100% reliable, but lets look a small fact) Whiplash is not russian. He's from Cleveland. But the Crimson Dynamo is Russian. & if it's true what they said "he'll start researching his new role immediately there."[Russia] Then why is everyone thinking its gonna be whiplash? I think the bad guy is Crimson Dynamo. I don't care who plays Black Widow she's lame. & Rourke would be aweful as kraven.
KeepItReal - 3/12/2009, 8:23 AM
Scar is pretty, i like her. But I dont see her as a BLack Widow. If rumors are to be believed I guess it's too late now. I would have liked Mila Kunis but as Logan pointed out she looks too young to be w/Tony Stark... so I thought as an alternate: Ona Grauer

She is beautiful, 5'6, of Norwegian, German, and Hungarian descent. She best known for her portrayal of the Ancient Ayiana in the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.

Rourke may be a good actor but he is creepy looking!

@ ManOfIron are you trying to say: voluptuous? yes she is. Jessica Biel has a nice toned, athletic body but I cant see her either as Black Widow.

I wish Mandarin was in this movie too. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa plays evil niiiiiiice.

Hey, Black widow is not lame... I like her.... She will be kick ass in the movie (Im hoping!) =:)
thenumber12 - 3/12/2009, 9:01 AM
Scarlett Johansson? Really? This is almost as bad as the whole Deadpool situation. What is marvel doing?
I'd rather see Rourke as Kraven in spiderman, and just keep him out of ironman. He would be so much better as Kraven than Dynamo or Whiplash.
KeepItReal - 3/12/2009, 9:06 AM
Really? Emily is beautiful and taller 5'7 1/2. Ona Grauer is beautiful too & has the accent. I dont know... they both look good & would do well but Scar got it.... c'est la vie! why? she is 5'4, doesnt look like her & I cant see her pulling off the accent. Maybe she will surprise us...
loganoneil - 3/12/2009, 11:12 AM
Think about this people, think about it LOGN AND HARD - Mickey Rourke and Scarlett Johansson... playing RUSSIAN characters! Yet another sign of movie apocalypse! Mickey, while brilliant (at times - he's also made his fair share of stinkers!), is not known for his 'chameleon-like' vocal qualities, and as for Scarlett... no comment. What does the studio plan to do, enroll them in the 'Pavel Checkov School of Russian Accents'?!! I've said it before, and I'll say it again, switching around the "V's" and "W's" in a sentence and talking like you just got back from the dentist after a root canal does NOT a proper Russian accent make! As for Scarlett (before anyone jumps my sh!t), "Yes" she is eye-candy, she just the WRONG looking eye-candy for this part (Olga Kurylenko ALL THE WAY!!!!!!)
GUNSMITH - 3/12/2009, 11:17 AM
MILLA JOVVICH WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER FOR BLACK WIDOW.I DONT THINK ITS WIPLASH...IT MIGHT BE CRIMSON DYNAMO
loganoneil - 3/12/2009, 11:24 AM
Regardless - Scarlett DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THE BLACK WIDOW (wig or no wig)!
adamant877 - 3/12/2009, 11:55 AM
If she can actually pull off this role, I will have a newfound respect for Mrs. Johansson.
Otherwise... (groan)
Gordonious - 3/12/2009, 12:05 PM
Scarlett Johansson isn't the worst pick. Come on. Did anybody think Hugh Jackman would have made a good Wolverine. He's a pretty boy and is about a foot taller than the comic book version. It all depends how much an actor or acctress will put into a role. Than again I love Jessica Alba and she had to be the worst Sue Storm. Oh! And her getting the part probaly had nothing to do with Ryan Reynolds.(sarcasm)
alten2345 - 3/12/2009, 1:03 PM
Can't say that either of these picks "wow" me like when they picked RDJR for Tony Stark. Guess we'll have to wait and see what happens.
TheMyth - 3/12/2009, 1:43 PM
I don't know what the problem is. I think Scarlet is an awesome actress. Does she fill my live-action vision of Black Widow? No, not entirely. Does she look like BW? Not right now, but after a few months of training and some movie magic, I bet she will impress us all.
Neo24real - 3/12/2009, 2:51 PM
Ok i doubt that scarlett will make a good black widow really she is smoking hot....but maybe shes too hot to be a BW but i thot heath was a pretty boi too and see what happened...mila would have been great but all she does is action roles call me weird but i think watching mila kickass is so lame now she does it everytime nothing special....im glad mickey is now on the ironman 2 project...i think he'll be great in whatever role they give him...i think we need to continue using awesome talent for comic book movies and i think he would kill it as kraven...i think he was made to be kraven...i dont care that he would play two different iconic villains in the marvel world..i think tobey needs to go tho...a new spidey is in order..
TheMyth - 3/12/2009, 3:12 PM
Mickey Rourke would kill it as Kraven, but Scott Adkins would kill it, bring it back, and kill it again. Nuff Said.
FattSmelliott - 3/12/2009, 3:21 PM
Nooo not Scarlet Johansson, she is a very attractive woman and I am SURE that there is a comic book character out there for her, just not the black widow. I'll hold judgement until I see some clips, but at the moment I just can't see it
thenumber12 - 3/12/2009, 3:26 PM
I dont know how great Scott Adkins would be as Kraven, maybe?
Betty - 3/12/2009, 4:18 PM
if rourke can play anything, he should have the role as the black widow. that's hot (disconnected, oblivious, paris hilton type smoker voice)
JeremyBentham - 3/12/2009, 4:37 PM
that will be so dumb is rouke is in iron man 2 AND Spiderman 4...you dont want to mix actors up like that, when its the same kind of movie made by the same exact studio...

and Johanson as Black Widow.......sucks. shes good looking and all, but not the look for Widow AT ALL. and to tell you the truth, i dont believe her acting is good enough for her to pull any of the role off. I dont want this movie to be dragged down by a horrible performance that shell probably give, all her movies are always lame...except for the prestiqe, but she did nothing in that film. Black Widow is a majorly major role...
TheSoulEater - 3/12/2009, 4:57 PM
Scarlett is NOT my first choice, BUT, she could do the role decently.

I'll live wiht that better then other choices they could've used.

Rourke though, I always pictured as mole man
DarkAvengers - 3/12/2009, 5:01 PM
Too bad all of Iron Man's bad guys are weak as hell. Black Widow, black shmidow.
WalkingPhoenix - 3/12/2009, 5:06 PM
It says Mickey Rourke is playing Villian Whiplash. I thought Whiplash was a chick in black spandex. Anybody got an idea on who Whiplash is going to be? Is it a new character?
TheMyth - 3/12/2009, 5:07 PM
No offense to any of you good folks, but all I keep reading is, "Scarlet is attractive, but..." Tell me why exactly you feel Scarlet J. lacks the 'chops' to play Widow. If you are unable to come up with something, I think you should all just chill out til you see some pics and clips. I for one would like to know what her daily training regiment will be. I read one of you said she is "too voluptuous". I catch your drift folks, Black Widow is average height for a woman, slender athletic build, fiery red hair, B-cup breast size with slim hips and waistline, with a petite but toned tush. Scarlet has a lot of curves. Have any of you seen "The Island" with Scarlet J. and Ewan McGregor? Her body size in that movie would be perfect for BW. That movie also gives you a taste of how she handles combat choreography. Albeit her hand-to-hand scenes are few and far between, she does show a penchant for it. Most importantly, she looks like she is fighting, not performing a rehearsed sequence. The scene with Scarlet and Ewan playing each other in the holographic Xbox game, she handles herself better and looks more natural than Ewan does. While there are other actress' who could possibly play the character better, be happy that another established and talented actor/actress has joined this outstanding cast. I will say Scarlet is a better choice than Milla Jovovich. Milla is too stoic. The only emotion she convey's to me properly is anger. I suppose it can be said you can connect with her lack of feeling. I liked the first pick, Emily Blunt best of all. Something about her seemed so... perfect, like she was blessed with the body meant specifically to act as the role of BW.

Rourke is one of the most amusing actor's to watch, no matter the role, no matter the movie. For me, watching Rourke is like watching Anthony Hopkins. Even in a movie with a terrible story, bad dialogue, and worse acting, these guys always shine above the murk. This debate as to which villain he'll play, this is a make-or-breaker. Whiplash is a B-list Iron Man villain at best. I would never want to see him as the main antagonist, or in any movie at all for that matter. Crimson Dynamo is definitely the smarter choice here. While more casual audiences might grumble over another guy-in-a-suit villain, I say [frick] them, because I know what kind of trouble Dynamo can cause Iron Man. The Yuri Petrovich CD would be a good one to use.

What about Rockwell as Justin Hammer? I haven't heard anything else on that, but I'm lazy like that sometimes, lol.

I heard not long ago that Clint Barton aka Hawkeye has a small role as one of Tony's bodyguards. Haven't heard anything since though so I dunno how truthful the threads I caught about it were. If there is any truth to it... Clive Owen for Hawkeye!!!!!

WalkingPhoenix - 3/12/2009, 5:18 PM
I'm not debating it. Variety and Yahoo and reporting Mickey Rourke to play Whiplash. The only thing I can see about whiplash is a chick.
joob234 - 3/12/2009, 5:20 PM
so is rourke goin to be whiplash or crimson dynamo?
WalkingPhoenix - 3/12/2009, 5:23 PM
i just posted article in scoops.
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