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After a wave of 'Iron Man 3' casting news all pertaining to scientist characters, word has just come in that the film has added another villain to its roster. James Badge Dale ('The Pacific') has been cast as Savin in Shane Black's first foray into the Iron Man franchise. This is most likely a reference to Eric Savin (alias Coldblood or Coldblood-7), a former Army colonel blown to bits by a landmine and reconstructed as a cyborg via the Utlra-Tech program. Coldblood was introduced to the Marvel Universe in 1989. Sir Ben Kingsley was not-so-long-ago announced as 'Iron Man 3's main baddie, leading to a flurry of rumors that he will actually be playing Mandarin. It is not known whether Savin will be Kingsley's henchman or a third party villain. Dale just wrapped 'The Lone Ranger,' and will also be seen in the highly anticipated adaptation of Max Brooks' novel 'World War Z.'
I will level with you, all that information I just gave you on Savin had to be researched. This is a character I had never heard of before and, frankly, I have a feeling there's a reason for that. His origin story is so bland, and his only real claim to fame seems to be that he's a cyborg; wow, that's new. As this is not a character involved in Warren Ellis' 'Extremis' story arc, established to be the basis of 'Iron Man 3's script, it is hard to say how he will fit into the film. What I will say is that James Badge Dale is a fantastic, up-and-coming actor who has impressed me in both 'The Pacific' and his, albeit brief, turn in 'The Grey.' I'm interested to see if Dale is able to do something interesting with this rather flat-sounding character. What do you guys think?
Any Coldblood experts out there? Anyone want to speculate how he might fit into the film?