IS IRON MAN MORE POPULAR THAN BATMAN,JAMES BOND,SUPERMAN?

I was on another comicbook website today and it had news about future iron man movies, In the comments section fans said that iron man is only popular now because of RDJ. In which other fans said that iron man is now bigger than superman,batman,james bond, and that any other actor who plays iron man in future movies will be just fine filling in those iron boots. I just want to know what you guys/girls think is ironman more popular? or are fans just getting ahead of themselves.

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Edited by cameron83

LOL of course he is not more popular!

What silly question is that?

Of course they are just fanboys,ignore them.

Although,Iron Man IS one of the most popular characters in comics,but I think in terms of popularity Superman is at the top and so is Batman.

But Iron Man is not popular simply because of Robert Downey Jr.

That's also kinda silly. I mean,he helped. But at the same time it can be said that Batman is more popular because of Bale.

Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse

Nope. Not at all.

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Posted by dagmar_merrill

Iron man is popular but not at all as popular as any of those 3.

Posted by cameron83

Iron man is popular but not at all as popular as any of those 3.

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Posted by ImagineMan16

Batman - No

James Bond - Possibly

Superman - No

Posted by JulieDC

No. There is a difference between being popular and being famous.

Edited by patrat18

@cameron83: batman has been popular since the return dark knight by frank millar.

Posted by andersonsilvaissuperman

In terms of right now popularity & in demand

Batman - Is no 1

Iron man - is no 2

Superman - is no 3

Bond - is no 4

In terms of all time popularity

1. Superman

2. Batman

3. Bond

4. Iron man

Kinda like whos hot right now, vs whos the all time great

Posted by MaccyD

Bond is more well-known than Superman in UK.

Batman is the most well-known of all due to Adam West and Only Fools and Horses over here.

Edited by Jack Donaghy

LOL of course he is not more popular!

What silly question is that?

Of course they are just fanboys,ignore them.

Although,Iron Man IS one of the most popular characters in comics,but I think in terms of popularity Superman is at the top and so is Batman.

But Iron Man is not popular simply because of Robert Downey Jr.

That's also kinda silly. I mean,he helped. But at the same time it can be said that Batman is more popular because of Bale.

Batman has proven to be popular without Bale, Adam West's version was popular, so was Keaton's, Kilmer's was pretty popular, Clooney's isn't popular now but at the time Batman & Robin set an opening weekend record at the box office, DCAU Batman is popular and was on TV for 14 years from the '92 start of TAS to the '06 end of JLU, Lego Batman is popular with kids, and Arkham Batman is popular. There's a reason Bale became a household name once he started playing Batman and not before it, Batman put him on the map. Right now the only version of Iron Man that is really popular is RDJ's so he hasn't yet proven to be a character the GA cares about when RDJ isn't around. RDJ was famous before Iron Man and clearly put the character on the map.

To answer the question, no he isn't more popular than those characters, he's close but not there yet. He has to prove that the character itself is a draw to people and not just the highly charismatic man who plays him. Though he might be more popular than James Bond, since he is more popular with kids than Bond is.

Posted by patrat18

a guy on the website said this, i just thought i should share it

"Iron Man is a hugely popular character right now. Iconic? Not at all. Could it become one? Maybe. In a couple of decades. It would first have to survive to a few recasts (the existence of the MCU helps it in that regard), like Bond or Batman have. The fact that has working against itself? It relies way too much on RDJ. Marvel comics even started to make Tony Stark look like him.

Although another great actor could be cast in the role, I think centering the character so much around a particular interpretation could work against it in the long term.

And the box office isn't really that important when talking about cultural impact. I know you'll call me a DC fanboy for saying that, but come on. There are millions of factors in play. Shrek 2 is number 8 in the USA all time BO. Will it have cultural impact similar to number 9 (E.T)? No, and I don't need to wait 20 years to be able to say that.

Superman and Batman started to gain importance in an era where the superheroes weren't mainstream, and through various means they managed to stay in people's minds. Iron Man has appeared in an era where everything is globalized and superheroes are a trend. We can access to a lot of entertainment instantly, and our opinions have their reach maximized thanks to the internet. That's why nowadays is so easy to gain an inmense amount of popularity quickly. But that's also why, in a market overpopulated with franchises, it's going to become so much harder to become an icon."

Posted by cameron83

@patrat18 said:

@cameron83: batman has been popular since the return dark knight by frank millar.

I said Bale made him more popular,I didn't say he was popular BECAUSE of Bale.

@cameron83 said:

LOL of course he is not more popular!

What silly question is that?

Of course they are just fanboys,ignore them.

Although,Iron Man IS one of the most popular characters in comics,but I think in terms of popularity Superman is at the top and so is Batman.

But Iron Man is not popular simply because of Robert Downey Jr.

That's also kinda silly. I mean,he helped. But at the same time it can be said that Batman is more popular because of Bale.

Batman has proven to be popular without Bale, Adam West's version was popular, so was Keaton's, Kilmer's was pretty popular, Clooney's isn't popular now but at the time Batman & Robin set an opening weekend record at the box office, DCAU Batman is popular and was on TV for 14 years from the '92 start of TAS to the '06 end of JLU, Lego Batman is popular with kids, and Arkham Batman is popular. There's a reason Bale became a household name once he started playing Batman and not before it, Batman put him on the map. Right now the only version of Iron Man that is really popular is RDJ's so he hasn't yet proven to be a character the GA cares about when RDJ isn't around. RDJ was famous before Iron Man and clearly put the character on the map.

To answer the question, no he isn't more popular than those characters, he's close but not there yet. He has to prove that the character itself is a draw to people and not just the highly charismatic man who plays him. Though he might be more popular than James Bond, since he is more popular with kids than Bond is.

I NEVER said that he was popular BECAUSE of Bale,I said that Bale made him more popular and did what a comic book movie is SUPPOSED to do,introduce and bring in more people. Which is what it did with me...

Although I can see your point with RDJ

Posted by Supreme Marvel

More popular as in more known? NO. No comic characters are more popular than Superman and Batman.

Edited by jeanespinosa21

well considering that they have practically built the mcu on rdj performance and that the avengers felt more like iron man and his super friends i really dont know. Before rdj he was a b-list character debating that would be silly. So unless marvel can get somebody with the same charisma as rdj (which is damn near impossible) fans are going to backlash. Ultimately, no. Iron man is not more famous than bats or supers or bond with the mainstream audience (if you count kids who cant really pay then i guess yea he would be more famous than bond until they grow up)

Posted by Tyrus

The one thing I keep in mind is that one day technology will reach out to create suits of armor like Iron Man's and he won't be so... Unique anymore.

Posted by Jack Donaghy

@patrat18 said:

@cameron83: batman has been popular since the return dark knight by frank millar.

I said Bale made him more popular,I didn't say he was popular BECAUSE of Bale.

@jack_donaghy said:

@cameron83 said:

LOL of course he is not more popular!

What silly question is that?

Of course they are just fanboys,ignore them.

Although,Iron Man IS one of the most popular characters in comics,but I think in terms of popularity Superman is at the top and so is Batman.

But Iron Man is not popular simply because of Robert Downey Jr.

That's also kinda silly. I mean,he helped. But at the same time it can be said that Batman is more popular because of Bale.

Batman has proven to be popular without Bale, Adam West's version was popular, so was Keaton's, Kilmer's was pretty popular, Clooney's isn't popular now but at the time Batman & Robin set an opening weekend record at the box office, DCAU Batman is popular and was on TV for 14 years from the '92 start of TAS to the '06 end of JLU, Lego Batman is popular with kids, and Arkham Batman is popular. There's a reason Bale became a household name once he started playing Batman and not before it, Batman put him on the map. Right now the only version of Iron Man that is really popular is RDJ's so he hasn't yet proven to be a character the GA cares about when RDJ isn't around. RDJ was famous before Iron Man and clearly put the character on the map.

To answer the question, no he isn't more popular than those characters, he's close but not there yet. He has to prove that the character itself is a draw to people and not just the highly charismatic man who plays him. Though he might be more popular than James Bond, since he is more popular with kids than Bond is.

I NEVER said that he was popular BECAUSE of Bale,I said that Bale made him more popular and did what a comic book movie is SUPPOSED to do,introduce and bring in more people. Which is what it did with me...

Although I can see your point with RDJ

I see what you meant now, sorry I thought you were saying Bale was the reason Batman was popular.

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Posted by cameron83
Edited by deaditegonzo

Iron man is only popular due to RDJ. He was in fact one of the most widely despised heroes around the time the first movie came out because of Civil War. He was never an A-Lister before the movie, and nowadays, the movie version is assimilating the comic book version more and more.

Posted by patrat18

another thing i read is that they changed tony starks looks to look more like RDJ is that true?? i don't read many ironman comic books.

Posted by cfrehse

movies wise he is right now id say

Posted by deaditegonzo

@cfrehse said:

movies wise he is right now id say

Id even give Movie popularity to Batman. Im pretty sure his movies combine box office success with glowing reviews more than pretty much any other film.

Posted by cfrehse

ya id say reviews wise yes but ironman was a massive part of the avengers and his 3rd movie made more than the dark knight rises. Id barely put iroman ahead

Posted by JediXMan
@cfrehse said:

ya id say reviews wise yes but ironman was a massive part of the avengers and his 3rd movie made more than the dark knight rises. Id barely put iroman ahead

It only made more because the Avengers was in 3D, and 3D tickets cost more. TDKR sold more tickets.

Going by that, Batman is still more popular, if that is our bar for success.

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Posted by cfrehse

bats made a lot of money through imax also which it sold more than the avengers did

Posted by Jayc1324

No comic character is more popular or iconic than batman or superman. Simple. None. Iron man had 4 movies and that's it. He's popular now by will eventually die down. That's the differnce between popular and iconic. Remember batman and superman have been around for 75 years, well 74 in batmans case. Longer than any other heros

Edited by CrazyScarecrow

I think Iron Man is just getting a bit more popularity now because of Robert Downing Jr. I don't read to much Marvel, but IMO Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman Spiderman, and Hulk will always be the most iconic in the publics eyes.

Superman because of him being the first hero and having many cartoons, movies, live action shows, and even a Broadway musical.

Batman because of all he has been through throughout the years. And his huge array of villains which are often time more fun and interesting than Bats himself.

Robin because of the Adam West show, Super Friends, and recent animated shows.

Wonder Woman because of her status a feminist icon in the 1940's and the 70's show with Lynda Carter.

Aquaman because of him being known as the laughing stock hero.

Spiderman because of the many cartoons, sketchs on kid shows, and movies through out the years.

Hulk because of the Lou Ferrigno show aswell as just the iconic look and actions of the character.

Posted by Tyrus

Iron Man is popular because of RDJ but he was still a popular hero nonetheless. James Gunn was an asshole in a recent interview - he called Iron Man a nobody about 5 times when he was explaining that the Guardians of the Galaxy were just as low-class as Iron Man was before his movie. Like I said Iron Man wasn't popular before RDJ, but he wasn't a nobody like the Guardians :P

Posted by Bezza

I think a lot of you are under-estimating the affect of the Iron Man films. Basically its creating a new generation of fans. I see kids in t shirts etc and these 9-10 year olds will grow up as Iron man fans. Then in say 7-8 years if they re-boot the character, the nostalgia affect creeps in and they all go back to watch the film and re-ignite their love for the character etc. Similar thing has happened with Superman in the 70s and Batman in the 80s/90s. Its certainly not impossible for Iron Man to catch up and overtake the big two and fans of superman especially should not be complacent. Superman has had too many years off the big screen and it shows! MOS has only taken just over half the box office receipts of IM3 so far, which is not that impressive really. People are influenced by what was most popular in their formative years, so I reckon Iron Man could be one of the big 3 in 5-6 years from now...

Posted by deaditegonzo

@bezza said:

I think a lot of you are under-estimating the affect of the Iron Man films. Basically its creating a new generation of fans. I see kids in t shirts etc and these 9-10 year olds will grow up as Iron man fans. Then in say 7-8 years if they re-boot the character, the nostalgia affect creeps in and they all go back to watch the film and re-ignite their love for the character etc. Similar thing has happened with Superman in the 70s and Batman in the 80s/90s. Its certainly not impossible for Iron Man to catch up and overtake the big two and fans of superman especially should not be complacent. Superman has had too many years off the big screen and it shows! MOS has only taken just over half the box office receipts of IM3 so far, which is not that impressive really. People are influenced by what was most popular in their formative years, so I reckon Iron Man could be one of the big 3 in 5-6 years from now...

Iron Man 1 Worldwide Box Office: $585,174,222

Man of Steel Worldwide Box Office: $635,827,010

Everyone knows sequels sell better, but Man of Steel is the third highest grossing Super Hero origin ever. And thats even considering the fact his last outing is considered a disappointment. His name alone was enough of a draw to overcome mixed reviews, vs Iron Man with all its good reviews still performing below MoS.

Posted by Bezza

Some other people have come up with that stat but its not a fair comparison. Iron Man was a relative unknown when the first film came out. Superman started off as an icon. Iron Man 1 did amazingly well to take what it did. Therefore Superman taking only 10% more than Iron Man 1 (so far) is not really anything to write home about. What will be telling is whether the next MOS film (with superman on his own) can beat Iron Man 2 or Iron Man 3. BTW, I'm a superman fan, not a hater, I'm just arguing that Iron Man has become really, really popular and I think he will stay popular.

Edited by TheFirstLantern

@deaditegonzo: I agree with you. I despised Iron Man throughout that arc and still think they are changing him to be more like his movie counterpart. Iron Man to the non-comic book readers pre-Iron Man 1, was virtually non-existent.

Posted by ChaosMarvel

Short answer: No.

Long answer: Nope not even close.

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Posted by novi_homines

In terms of right now popularity & in demand

Batman - Is no 1

Iron man - is no 2

Superman - is no 3

Bond - is no 4

In terms of all time popularity

1. Superman

2. Batman

3. Bond

4. Iron man

Kinda like whos hot right now, vs whos the all time great

Posted by patrat18
Posted by novi_homines

@patrat18 said:

@novi_homines: i thought that mos would boost superman more

I don't know. Some loved it, some didn't. I'd guess that MoS didn't help or hurt him a significant amount either way.

Edited by Perezite

@maccyd said:

Bond is more well-known than Superman in UK.

Batman is the most well-known of all due to Adam West and Only Fools and Horses over here.

1. You gonna prove that ludicrous statement.

2. I don't get it.

Posted by Perezite

@tyrus said:

The one thing I keep in mind is that one day technology will reach out to create suits of armor like Iron Man's and he won't be so... Unique anymore.

Pfff....HA! This is rich in naivete and lack of sense of scale.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

What Iron Man did for RDJ and what RDJ did for Iron Man is truly one of the best stories in Hollywood. Iron Man revitalized a talented but troubled actors career and RDJ delivered many great performances bringing a somewhat minor (Not B-List by any means, but certainly not Spider Man-level iconic either) character to the front stage. It really was awesome watching the Iron Man trilogy unfold and it will be awesome to watch RDJ in the next 2 Avengers movies I'm sure.

That being said...just no. James Bond is a world-wide brand. Mos people know him.

As for Supes and Bats? Again...no. Batman and Superman are the two most iconic Superheroes of all time. I don't see that changing any time soon. I wouldn't even put Iron Man at 3 and probably not even the top 5.

Hollywood has done well by Iron Man the last 5 years...but he's not more popular than any of those guys.

Edited by RustyRoy

Batman, Superman and James Bond are one of the biggest pop culture Icons in all over the world, Iron Man is not nearly as popular as them.

@cameron83 said:

LOL of course he is not more popular!

What silly question is that?

Of course they are just fanboys,ignore them.

Although,Iron Man IS one of the most popular characters in comics,but I think in terms of popularity Superman is at the top and so is Batman.

But Iron Man is not popular simply because of Robert Downey Jr.

That's also kinda silly. I mean,he helped. But at the same time it can be said that Batman is more popular because of Bale.

I agree that Iron Man didn't become popular only because of RDJ but 70% of the credit goes to RDJ.

@deaditegonzo said:

@bezza said:

I think a lot of you are under-estimating the affect of the Iron Man films. Basically its creating a new generation of fans. I see kids in t shirts etc and these 9-10 year olds will grow up as Iron man fans. Then in say 7-8 years if they re-boot the character, the nostalgia affect creeps in and they all go back to watch the film and re-ignite their love for the character etc. Similar thing has happened with Superman in the 70s and Batman in the 80s/90s. Its certainly not impossible for Iron Man to catch up and overtake the big two and fans of superman especially should not be complacent. Superman has had too many years off the big screen and it shows! MOS has only taken just over half the box office receipts of IM3 so far, which is not that impressive really. People are influenced by what was most popular in their formative years, so I reckon Iron Man could be one of the big 3 in 5-6 years from now...

Iron Man 1 Worldwide Box Office: $585,174,222

Man of Steel Worldwide Box Office: $635,827,010

Everyone knows sequels sell better, but Man of Steel is the third highest grossing Super Hero origin ever. And thats even considering the fact his last outing is considered a disappointment. His name alone was enough of a draw to overcome mixed reviews, vs Iron Man with all its good reviews still performing below MoS.

Comparing Iron Man and MoS box office isn't fair.

  • Firstly Iron Man didn't have 3D and it came out 5 years before MoS.
  • It sold more tickets than MoS.
  • Superman's last outing may have been a disappointed but he's name is big enough to many viewers while Iron Man was nowhere near as popular as Superman and had no previous popular media appearance except an animated series and Superman had left his mark in almost every media.
  • I doubt without Batman MoS sequel would make as much money as the first one because of all the polarizing effect it had on fans.

Iron Man may not be as popular as Superman but he's dominating the CBM market right now.

Edited by Vaen

@perezite said:

@tyrus said:

The one thing I keep in mind is that one day technology will reach out to create suits of armor like Iron Man's and he won't be so... Unique anymore.

Pfff....HA! This is rich in naivete and lack of sense of scale.

You severely underestimate the ingenuity of human beings. If medical advances maintain their current pace we may be looking at the first few generations of people to achieve functional immortality, especially as 3D printing technology becomes more advanced such to the point that it's capable of replicating human tissue. Not related, sure, but it's just something to put out there that showcases you'd be naive to think that we will never be capable of something as inconsequential as creating a combat suit similar to the Iron Man armor. If reading about individuals like Nikola Tesla taught me one thing, it's that anything that seems out of reach never truly is.

Posted by cameron83

@rustyroy said:

Batman, Superman and James Bond are one of the biggest pop culture Icons in all over the world, Iron Man is not nearly as popular as them.

@cameron83 said:

LOL of course he is not more popular!

What silly question is that?

Of course they are just fanboys,ignore them.

Although,Iron Man IS one of the most popular characters in comics,but I think in terms of popularity Superman is at the top and so is Batman.

But Iron Man is not popular simply because of Robert Downey Jr.

That's also kinda silly. I mean,he helped. But at the same time it can be said that Batman is more popular because of Bale.

I agree that Iron Man didn't become popular only because of RDJ but 70% of the credit goes to RDJ.

@deaditegonzo said:

@bezza said:

I think a lot of you are under-estimating the affect of the Iron Man films. Basically its creating a new generation of fans. I see kids in t shirts etc and these 9-10 year olds will grow up as Iron man fans. Then in say 7-8 years if they re-boot the character, the nostalgia affect creeps in and they all go back to watch the film and re-ignite their love for the character etc. Similar thing has happened with Superman in the 70s and Batman in the 80s/90s. Its certainly not impossible for Iron Man to catch up and overtake the big two and fans of superman especially should not be complacent. Superman has had too many years off the big screen and it shows! MOS has only taken just over half the box office receipts of IM3 so far, which is not that impressive really. People are influenced by what was most popular in their formative years, so I reckon Iron Man could be one of the big 3 in 5-6 years from now...

Iron Man 1 Worldwide Box Office: $585,174,222

Man of Steel Worldwide Box Office: $635,827,010

Everyone knows sequels sell better, but Man of Steel is the third highest grossing Super Hero origin ever. And thats even considering the fact his last outing is considered a disappointment. His name alone was enough of a draw to overcome mixed reviews, vs Iron Man with all its good reviews still performing below MoS.

Comparing Iron Man and MoS box office isn't fair.

  • Firstly Iron Man didn't have 3D and it came out 5 years before MoS.
  • It sold more tickets than MoS.
  • Superman's last outing may have been a disappointed but he's name is big enough to many viewers while Iron Man was nowhere near as popular as Superman and had no previous popular media appearance except an animated series and Superman had left his mark in almost every media.
  • I doubt without Batman MoS sequel would make as much money as the first one because of all the polarizing effect it had on fans.

Iron Man may not be as popular as Superman but he's dominating the CBM market right now.

this.All.Of.This

Posted by Outside_85

Iron Man has not reached the level the others have. They are popcultural icons, he isnt.

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