A scene in Iron Man teased the possibility of Tony Stark's right-hand man Jim Rhodes some day donning a suit of armor of his own to become War Machine. The role was played by Terrence Howard, who, thanks to Marvel Studios' success, looked to have a long franchise ahead of him, as well as possibly a spin-off movie of his own. That's all changed, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which is reporting that Howard is out of the sequel. Don't worry, though -- Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes will still be there. It's just that he'll be played by Don Cheadle, instead.
With a name like Fighting it has to be good, right? Not so much. I'll admit that I was swayed by the title to go see this movie, since I really like watching guys hitting each other (my mom and I bonded over Bloodsport when I was younger) and I enjoyed Channing Tatum in Step Up (I like dance movies almost as much as fighting movies). Seemed like a no-brainer for some mindless fun, but no, they went and ruined it with acting and plot.
Apparently when the world read last week that Don Cheadle would replace Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2, Howard read about it for the first time, too. At least that's what he told NPR's Scott Simon in an interview for Weekend Edition. (It was a 13-minute segment on the show, but the full 40-plus-minute interview is available online.) Howard said he wasn't angry, because he has found peacefulness in not "hitting back." But he also told Simon that the business principles in Hollywood are no different than the business principles of pimps. So, yeah, he actually might be a little angry.
It's really hard for me to think of any way in which the first Iron Man movie could have been any cooler, which means that the second one is going to have to raise the bar a little. Luckily, director Jon Favreau is planning on strapping the bar to a jetpack. According to an interview with Collider, not only is Favreau hoping to emulate Dark Knight and shoot parts of Iron Man 2 in IMAX, but he's giving serious consideration to shooting some of it in 3D, as well. So let me get this straight: Iron Man will be really big and three-dimensional? Well, slap my ass and call me the Living Laser.