Ronnie Adams, a freelance photographer, managed to get close enough to the set to capture some images of Stark’s alter ego engaged in a to-be-cg’d later battle. The images went up on
Ronnie Adams, a freelance photographer, managed to get close enough to the set to capture some images of Stark’s alter ego engaged in a to-be-cg’d later battle.
The images went up on
The matter was discussed with Robert and Stephanie Sanchez, editors of IESB, in an interview at
Robert Sanchez apparently got a kick out of the situation and made up a T-shirt for his visit that read, “
Jon Favreau must have gotten a kick out the situation himself because — as an inside joke — he ended up using IESB’s spy photo in the film. At the end of the movie, Tony Stark holds a newspaper with the headline, “WHO IS THE IRON MAN?” and, beneath it, there’s the image. It’s a cute little reference, poking fun at the whole ordeal. Right?
Of potential interest is the conflicting information provided by the lawsuit and by IESB. It’s a common practice among online sites to avoid legal entanglements (or other investigations) by claiming that bits of news — media or otherwise — came from “spies”. IESB’s original story suggests that the photos were sent by someone close to the film from within a secure area while the suit argues that the photos were taken from a parking garage in a public area.
We’ve contacted both Sanchez and Adams for comments and I’ll update the story as word comes in (though I’m venturing a guess that, if the case is still pending litigation, they may not be free to speak on the matter).
I won’t comment as to my personal thoughts about the matter — other than to say that I have a hard time fully respecting either side’s actions — but , in the end, we’re left with a version of “Iron Man” that is not what we saw in theaters and for the fans, that’s too bad.