I am Iron Man!!!!!! SEGA Issues Screens Based Upon Iron Man Movie
SEGA has released the first screenshots of Iron Man, the video game based on Marvel’s iconic superhero. Under a multi-year agreement with Marvel, SEGA has been granted the exclusive interactive rights to develop and distribute games based on both Marvel‘s Iron Man feature films and the classic comic book iterations of the character.
The first Iron Man project produced under the license agreement, will be based on Marvel Studios’ Iron Man feature film starring Robert Downey Jr. and Terrence Howard, and directed by Jon Favreau. This project, the first feature film to be produced independently by Marvel Entertainment, will hit theaters May 2, 2008. The Iron Man game is set for release Spring 2008, and so far all we know is that it will be a single-player action-adventure game for the PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii and Xbox-360.
Usually, I am skeptical about comic book movies in general, let alone games based upon a movie that was based upon a comic book. Not all movies based upon comic book heroes can equal the awesomeness that was the first Batman movie starring Michael Keaton. George Clooney and his big, brown, puppy-dog eyes be damned, Michael Keaton IS Batman. Granted, Val Kilmer did a great job as the “vulnerable” Batman, but the only thing that saved that movie was Nicole Kidman walking around in a sheet and the great theme song from Seal. The first movie not only had Jack Nicholson with great quotes like “This town needs an enema” but a cool, dark, and ominous Batman. Granted, the second movie had Chirstopher Walken, but Danny Devito ruined the movie and don’t even get me started on Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman.
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The majority of films ruin a great comic book, with few exceptions like the 1989 Batman movie I just mentioned, the first Spider-Man, and the first X-Men installment. So, it is no wonder that comic book fans are skeptical when a movie is being made of their favorite heroes, and you can double the skepticism when a video game is made to go along with it. We always like to give them the benefit of the doubt though, and with the new Iron Man movie, I am one of those who will most likely give it a chance. I do not know how good of a job Jon Favreau will do with this sort of movie, but since he is a great actor and director (in my opinion at least) I am rooting for him – and everything I have seen so far proves to me once again that he is the man. We all know that Robert Downey Jr. is a great actor despite his “issues” but he is another example that tortured souls make great artists. Casting him was a brilliant move, and he is going to do a fabulous job.
I have always had mixed feelings about movies and comic books banding together to create mass entertainment, and I, along with the majority of gamers, feel the same way about game developers signing pacts with Hollywood. There are plenty of failed movie-based games out there, and some of those were also based upon comic book heroes. Despite this, comic book lovers who are gamers, are usually a forgiving lot, and we tend to give these different forms of entertainment the benefit of the doubt. So, here’s hoping that Iron Man will not only turn out to be a great movie, but better yet – a decent game.
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One last thing…. after watching the movie trailer, I screamed “HELL YEAH!” so loud I scared my dogs. Watch it here.