Let's face it, everyone's pretty burned out on comic book movies. Unless you're Superman or Batman or Spider-Man, don't show your face in theaters. Nobody wants to see Nic Cage playing a flaming skull and we're all pretty ambivalent about seeing The Commish as that blue-pants wearing rock man again as well. Movies like Iron Man have a huge uphill battle if they're going to win an audience, but Jon Favreau's iron underwear film has just leaped ahead of the competition with a genius casting move to fill its cold, hard, alcoholic role.

Paramount Pictures has confirmed that Iron Man and his alter ego Tony Stark will be played by Robert Downey Jr.

Alright, get up off the floor. It's a signing so cool it might have knocked the wind right out of you. Robert Downey Jr. as a superhero; an alcoholic superhero? I'm sorry, but I'm not sure I deserve to live in a world where such a movie exists. It's a casting choice so unbelievably perfect that Iron Man might actually have a chance to end up as the first superhero movie to win a legitimate acting Oscar. It's an idea so pure and good that if Paramount hadn't already confirmed it you'd think it would have to be completely fake.

Robert has reportedly already gotten himself in fantastic shape for the film, and has even gone so far as to grow the trademark mustache and goatee Tony Stark is known for. That's a good sign, since it means he's into it. Hopefully this isn't just a big superhero paycheck for him, but Downey has never seemed like the type to take big cash-in parts anyway.

Director Jon Favreau and his team have done the impossible: They've managed to find a way to make his Iron Man movie matter. Robert Downey Jr. is one of Hollywood's finest actors, and in his personal life he's battled a lot of the addiction issues which make Tony Stark such an interesting figure in the first place. Paramount probably sees it as a gamble, but it's a beautiful one. Makes you want to stand up and cheer. Mix in the rumors that another great actor, Terrence Howard, might be in talks to play Stark's friend Jim Rhodes and maybe, just maybe, Hollywood isn't evil after all.

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