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Sneak a peek at the new ''Iron Man'' robo-suit

Sneak a peek at the new robo-suit that will turn Robert Downey Jr. into a comic-book legend in the May 2008 movie

Iron Man is the latest Marvel Comics superhero to jump from splash page to big screen. (The film is due May 2008.) Director Jon Favreau (Elf ) began shooting in March with star Robert Downey Jr. — in his first comic-book role — as the man inside the cybernetic Mark III suit (pictured) and Gwyneth Paltrow as his trusted assistant. In the film, Downey plays Tony Stark, a playboy industrialist who decides to don high-tech armor to fight baddies after suffering a life-threatening heart injury in war-torn Afghanistan. ”This is a decidedly adult superhero story,” says Favreau. (Fanboy FYI: Look for Stark’s legendary drinking problem to pop up in possible sequels.)

Faithful to the comics and constructed by Oscar-winning F/X maestro Stan Winston, the Iron Man togs — a far cry from Stark’s normal black-tie attire — are robo-cool but make for restrictive, sweaty duds. ”Robert was very bullish on wearing the suit whenever possible,” says Favreau of his star, who bulked up for the role. ”Now I don’t know if he’s such a fan of that idea.”

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