Above is our first look at Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in Iron Man 2. USA Today got some quotes from director Jon Favreau and Rourke himself who explained what we will be seeing from the technologically advanced bondage suit:
“The technologies are definitely related,” says director Jon Favreau. “That’s part of the core theme of the film.”
The villain’s alter ego, Ivan Vanko, is a Russian who “has constructed his own version of a suit,” Favreau says. Among the creative innovations: a pair of whips, powered by the suit’s glowing chest piece, that are expected to keep Iron Man cracking.
Whiplash “is going to light them up,” Rourke quips
“We like to play into and against the expectations that people might have, so we mixed it up a bit,” Favreau says.
“It was very important that the villain be as compelling as can be. … Once I thought of Mickey in that role, it made me understand how to shape the story.”