2008's IRON MAN: Original Design For Tony Stark's Car; Plus Unused Gadgets
In Jon Favreau's Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) was seen cruising around in an Audi R8, but the original design for Tony's car, created by Harald Belker, was much more interesting.
Harald Belker, a former designer for Porsche and Mercedes-Benz has become a leading concept artist in the entertainment industry. He has desinged props, but it's his magnificent work on vehicles that has separated him from the pack. We here at ComicBookMovie.com would most recognize his vehicles designs from Tron: Legacy, Minority Report, and of course Joel Schumacher's masterpiece, Batman & Robin.
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"This could have been my last big-time movie car, since the trend is taking over of having car companies place their product in films. Inspired by the mask part of the suit costume, Tony Stark had to build his own super car. We were ready to build when the plug was pulled and Audi gave the money the producers needed to write it out of the script. Too bad - it would have been a b****ing toy."
"Finished with the car, I jumped over to the suit. Phil Saunders had been working on it for a while, and I was handed some little pieces that needed exploring - mostly things that were under the suit and popping out of it. Here's a sample of a how small rocket launcher can be activated out of the thigh of the suit."
"The mask, probably inspired by Darth Vader's, needed lots of little electronic gadgets and cameras behind the shield. I was bummed to see that it didn't make it into the movies."
As a bonus I also included his designs for the Batmobile and Robin's motorcycle, "The Redbird."
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