Iron Man 2 and 3 News!
In a massive interview on Ain’t It Cool Iron Man director Jon Favreau hints at the direction he’ll be taking with the sequel, and how it will link up with the Avengers movie, which he won’t be directing but will be involved as an executive producer (“I would feel really disappointed if what good will we’ve curried from Iron Man 1 and hopefully 2, is not lived up to in The Avengers.”)
But perhaps most intriguing is his revelation that he’s bought aboard animator Genndy Tartakovsy – the man behind the visually stunning 2D Clone Wars cartoon series – to help storyboard the action sequences.
“What I’m learning – what I’m trying to incorporate – certainly for the action sequences, is more of a pipeline that’s similar to a CGI film like a Pixar film or even [James Cameron’s] Avatar, where you can work on and refine the action stuff before you even begin shooting. And so I was very, very lucky to have gotten somebody to collaborate with me on that stuff and teach me a little bit more of the animation approach to action.
“I had Genndy Tartakovsky. I’ve always liked Samurai Jack and I loved his Clone Wars vignettes. I’ve always liked his work, a lot. And I had met with him, we had lunch together just because I enjoy his stuff and I wanted to meet him. I really dig his sense of humour and his sense of rhythm, and the way that he acknowledges the same cinematic masters that I really love the work of, like Kurosawa and Sergio Leone. And he finds a way to pastiche it without ever undermining the stakes or the reality of the tension that’s created in his action sequences.
“Now clearly his stuff is a bit broad for a live action film but I love his rhythm and his attention to detail. It has a real comic booky feel but yet it feels cinematic and not gimmicky and even his cartoons feel… there’s an elegance to them… He also has a pretty deep knowledge of Marvel. It’s been a very, very fun collaboration so far.”\
Meanwhile, Variety confirms that Robert Downey Jr has signed up for Iron Man 3 and The Avengers.