Many years ago, before Iron Man became a staple of the summer box office blitz, TDA and I were hoping that one day they would incorporate the “Demon in the Bottle” story arc made famous in the original comic book. Alcohol has been the biggest villain in our lives, and we wanted to see how they brought that to the big screen. Now news comes that an Iron Man 3 subplot involving Tony’s battle with the bottle was cut from the newest installments script by Disney.
Although director Shane Black was interested in addressing the issue in Iron Man 3, the suits as Disney didn’t think it was a good idea.
Black explained to the folks at Comic Book Movie:
“I think we were just told by the studio that we should probably paint Tony Stark as being kind of an industrialist and a crazy guy, or even a bad guy at some points, but the ‘Demon in a Bottle’ stuff of him being an alcoholic wouldn’t really fly. I don’t blame that.”
Some fans are probably disappointed that the alcoholism subplot was ultimately nixed from Iron Man 3. However, Black revealed that the studio could always decide to revisit the idea at some point in the future.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point someone wanted to make a movie and they’d run out of directions for the character, then they’ve still got “Demon in a Bottle”.
In a way I am disappointed by Disney’s decision to cut out an alcoholism sub-plot out of this summer’s Iron Man 3, but I see their point at the same time. While it sounds like they haven’t taken the ideal off the table for future movies; I worry they will loose Robert Downey Jr. before they attempt the story, and that would be a shame.