While on the rounds promoting The Soloist Robert Downey Jr. has been doing a few interviews and revealed a few details about Iron Man 2 in the process (which will begin filming on Monday!). First he told MTV that Iron Man 2 will not revolve around the alcoholism ‘Demon in a Bottle’ storyline, which some people have been speculating.
When asked if the film was based on this famous story arc, Downey told MTV News, “Not really.”
“As a matter of fact, I think that’s probably best saved,” said Downey, “ because it’s such its own storyline.”
This matches Jon Favreau’s thoughts last year that, while “Demon in a Bottle” may come one day, it doesn’t need to be in “Iron Man 2”. Hopefully, Downey has quite a few “Iron Man” films ahead of him.
He then spoke to Entertainment Tonight about what we can expect to see in the sequel, and how Scarlett Johansson is getting into shape for her role as the Black Widow.
“The film is almost entirely about character, and yet we still have twice as much action as we did last time, so it’s going to be nuts,” Robert tells our own Thea Andrews of the super sequel, set to start filming Monday. “Essentially ‘Iron Man 2’ is about looking behind the armor, or the armature, of a superhero. It’s one thing to say you’re Iron Man, it’s another thing to be fully ready to do that.”
As for co-star Scarlett Johansson, who plays the femme fatale Black Widow in the sequel, Robert says, “We’ve been rehearsing and she’s in insane shape. She’s getting lean and mean.”
Everything so far sounds good. I suppose the alcohol storyline wouldn’t work if there are other things to be dealing with (such as Mickey Rourke).