Bigger than Batman? ‘Iron Man 2′ may top ‘Dark Knight’ numbers

April 11, 2010 | 11:56 p.m.

“IRON MAN 2″ COUNTDOWN: 26 DAYS

Tony Stark breaks all the rules (even the one that says superheroes must keep a secret identity) and he always seems to comes out on top — that’s why we love him. But now comes “Iron Man 2,” a film about secret dangers, the sins of the father and the nasty price of modern celebrity. The movie lands May 7 in the U.S., and every day until then, we’ll have behind-the-scenes scoops on the summer’s most anticipated film.

Iron Man flag

 

It’s a Sunday here at the Hero Complex and in addition to this snappy exclusive image from “Iron Man 2,” we have our weekend roundup of all the headlines regarding the most anticipated fanboy film of 2010.

Bigger than Batman?: That’s the question posed over at our sister blog, 24 Frames: “According to just-released tracking surveys, director Jon Favreau’s second installment in the Marvel franchise is showing astonishing levels of interest and awareness well ahead of its three-day opening next month. There are enough statistical indications to think that the first-weekend gross could top the $158.4-million haul for ‘Dark Knight,’ the current record-holder for the biggest (non inflation-adjusted) opening weekend and the gold standard for movie debuts.” READ THE REST

Joystick action: There’s a behind-the-scenes featurette on the “Iron Man 2″ video game that we’ve been meaning to post. If you haven’t seen it, it’s just a click away.

From Russia with love: A nifty new “Iron Man 2″ poster from Russia has been posted at Shockya.com. CHECK IT OUT

Good vs. evil: Is the Black Widow really bad? Is Justin Hammer harmless?  Is Whiplash merely misunderstood? Perhaps. Check out Robert Downey Jr.‘s quote at ContactMusic: “I want to surprise people. There are some characters you may have heard are against Tony — well, we try to flip those expectations.”  READ THE REST

– Geoff Boucher

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Image credits: Top: Marvel Studios/Paramount Pictures. Below: Marvel and Alex Ross  

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