He was in, then out, and now he’s back in again. Mickey Rourke has signed on the bottom line to appear in Iron Man 2, directed by Jon Favreau.

Rourke also met with Jon Favreau and scribe Justin Theroux and got to be part of the development of his character. He’ll play Whiplash, a character that includes elements from that comicbook villain and Crimson Dynamo, another Russian baddie.

Variety is reporting that Marvel is remaining mum on the announcement.

Note: That image may or may not be an official concept sketch.

via Variety

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  1. Salieri
    March 12, 2009 at 10:50 am — Reply

    Oh, it is ON.

  2. Lifeisaglitch
    March 12, 2009 at 11:01 am — Reply

    Its ON?
    Are you meaning to tell me the proverbial shit just got real?
    OH SNAP-adoodles!

  3. March 12, 2009 at 5:14 pm — Reply

    nice. This guy was robbed at the Oscars. I really want to see what he can do with a darker character.

  4. Jim
    March 12, 2009 at 5:50 pm — Reply

    Hmm. Just announced Scarlette Johanssen is in IM2 as Black Widow. She doesn’t seem quite bad-ass enough to me, but she can bring the sexy so that’s half the battle, I guess.

  5. Randallw
    March 12, 2009 at 8:32 pm — Reply

    Clearly the concept art was done before they decided on an actor, but it looks too thin to be Mickey Rourke. I can see him perfect as a largely built Russian in more done to earth armour though. Perhaps with the limitations of the Russian Armour it discharges energy. Said electrical arcs could be his whips.

    • March 12, 2009 at 9:38 pm — Reply

      I believe that is the art design of Whiplash for the upcoming Iron Man animated series.

  6. Randallw
    March 13, 2009 at 4:41 am — Reply

    Yeah, I just noticed when I took a look at that IM game.

  7. March 22, 2009 at 2:52 am — Reply

    Mickey Rourke is gonna be a great addition to the Iron Man crew; the guy is a really talented actor despite all the other drama he’s got going on

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