UPDATED: ‘Iron Man 2’ Casting: Mickey Rourke To Play Crimson Dynamo?

While we’ve been spending most of the week so far focusing on the award nominations being heaped upon “The Dark Knight” and updating you on the “Watchmen” legal battles, it seems as though Marvel films has been chugging right along with “Iron Man 2” casting — and it looks like they’ve added yet another big name to the upcoming, highly-anticipated sequel.

This afternoon, Variety broke the news that Mickey Rourke — currently going through a career resurrection after his critically-acclaimed performance in “The Wrestler” — is in talks with Marvel Entertainment to possibly play Crimson Dynamo in “Iron Man 2,” adding to the already impressive list of actors — namely Tim Robbins and Sam Rockwell — who are currently rumored to be in negotiations to join the production.

(For more on this news, check out our comprehensive analysis of Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell’s potential “Iron Man 2″ characters and storylines!)

Set to begin filming this spring, Variety states that Rourke is “in discussions to play a villain described as Tony Stark’s Russian alter ego, a heavily tattooed bruiser who is in the arms trade and battles Iron Man in his own nuclear-powered armored suit.” And while comic fans know that Crimson Dynamo is just one of many Iron Man baddies of Russian descent, Variety speculates in the report that he will be the villain who Iron Man faces of against in the follow-up to 2008’s hit comic book flick.

Stay tuned to Splash Page as we wait for the official word from Marvel regrading this latest casting rumor.

Would you like to see Rourke play the heavy in “Iron Man 2?” Are you happy to hear that Crimson Dynamo may be the villain in the sequel, or should Jon Favreau use a different baddie? Talk it up in th comments.