I’m really, really, really concerned about Iron Man 2. The casting issues for the film have been ridiculous, and I’m beginning to worry about the quality of this sequel. For the past couple of months I’ve been following actors Mickey Rourke, Emily Blunt, and Scarlett Johansson in a non-stop game of  “will they or won’t they.” First Rourke was in, then he was out over money. Blunt was in, then she was out over scheduling. Johansson was in talks to replace Blunt, but it was disregarded as a rumor. Well, according to Slashfilm and several other news sources it’s a rumor no more. Johansson has been confirmed as Blunt’s replacement, and will play Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff  in Iron Man 2.

Johansson apparently auditioned for the role in the early stages of development, but lost the part to Blunt. Yet, Blunt has been plagued with scheduling conflicts while trying to balance both Iron Man 2 and Gulliver’s Travels. Because of her inability to make a solid commitment to the film, Johansson’s back in the game.

Mickey Rourke, whom Marvel reportedly offered a mere 250,000 dollars to star has officially signed on (again). According to Variety, he will more than likely play the part of Russian mobster Whiplash, alongside Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer. As for the 250,000 dollar paycheck, sources are saying that “Rourke’s salary will be better than that.”

I have mixed feelings about this news. I love the fact that Rourke is finally involved. I love that man, and I think he deserves to star in a big budget summer blockbuster. He’s talented and can hold his own against Robert Downey, Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson. On the other hand this Scarlett Johannson business is less than thrilling. I’m sorry, but I don’t want her as Black Widow. I thought once you starred in one comic book adaptation it was blasphemy to star in a different one? She was in Frank Miller’s The Spirit, which I didn’t see and apparently neither did many of you.

Johansson is a decent actress and can serve as eye candy for the boys, but this character needs to appeal to women as well. She has to have a strong, bad ass quality that makes us want to root for her. I don’t get that from her at all. Once again I say, I am having serious concerns about this movie.

How do you feel about Scarlett Johannson’s casting as Black Widow? Yay or nay?