While the first glimpses of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury have already hit the 'Net, there haven't been any sightings of "Iron Man 2" baddie Mickey Rourke online to speak of yet.
This absence of imagery is exactly what makes this anonymously sourced tidbit on Latino Review so interesting. The site has posted an image of what's reportedly a concept illustration of Rourke's villainous persona, Whiplash, from the Jon Favreau-directed superhero sequel.
While the concept art is certainly high quality, it's very likely that this illustration is merely fan-made and entirely unrelated to the "Iron Man 2" production. For starters, Latino Review itself mentions that they cannot confirm the authenticity of the image, which automatically raises a lot of question marks.
Then there's also the fact that Rourke more closely resembles his boyish '80s visage in this design than his current grittier physique. We're not expecting photographic quality here, but you'd think that the present-day Rourke would be used as a reference model rather than his looks of yesteryear -- though his hairstyle here does resemble the samurai cut Rourke is supposedly sporting in the film.
Also, if this image is indeed an accurate representation of Rourke's look in "Iron Man 2," it continues to cause confusion regarding his character's identity. While most sources are dubbing Rourke as Whiplash in the film, the red armor depicted here -- combined with Rourke's Russian research -- suggests that he could actually be playing something akin to Crimson Dynamo, too.
What do you think of the concept sketch? Is this a true depiction of Rourke's character in "Iron Man 2," or is it a grade-A fake? Give us your opinions in the comments!