Saturday Double Feature: Iron Man 3 (2013) and…

Yay! Saturday again, which means it’s time for another Saturday Double Feature! Remember, the basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before.. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

Iron Man 3. Do I really have to spend much time with this one? Let’s face it, most of you either have already seen it, or know whether you’re going to or not. Still, since it is the SDF tradition, here’s a trailer:

This should be an easy one, right? Well, yes and no. Without getting into specifics (I’ll be writing the movie up in a few days now, with any luck) there are actually a number of ways I could go with this, because of the twists and turns that the plot takes. So instead I decided to just think about the concept of a guy in a metal suit, and images along those lines. Which got me to thinking about robots. Now, there have been lots of robots in movies, and perhaps the most iconic one is the robot from Forbidden Planet, whose design was echoed by the one from the TV show Lost in Space.

The original look for Iron Man.
The original look for Iron Man.

But there’s another robot design I was more curious about. There’s a somewhat iconic mental image that many of us (well, many of us who are old enough not to think of Transformers as the be-all-end-all in robots) carry with us. That’s the image of what is basically a guy in a grey “metal” suit that basically look like, well, a guy in a grey metal suit. You know, kind of like the guy at the right. So where, I wondered, did that mental image come from? 

Well, just a little bit of Googling later, (I’ll admit I really didn’t spend a lot of time on it), I still really didn’t have a definitive answer. At least not a filmic one. My best guess would be that it probably comes from one of the classic serials or from pulp magazine covers and illustrations from the 30s and 40s. However, that bit of Googling also led to a a somewhat different but still similar robotic image, that of  Tobor the Great from the 1954 film of the same name. Here, take a look:

Yeah, considering the 243,791 Iron Man armors seen throughout the new movie, I can completely see one being built along those lines, can’t you?

Anyway, what do you think? What other iconic robot images spring to mind? And what other pairing would you choose to make a Double Feature to go with Iron Man 3? Remember, the pairing doesn’t necessarily have to be obvious, just as in this case. Whatever you think, though, let me know by clicking the comments button below.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!


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