By Christina Pham
Your favorite billionaire techy hit shelves once again in "Iron Man: Rise of Technovore" on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download earlier this week, and to celebrate the all-new anime film we chatted with the man responsible for the story, Brandon Auman!
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Before taking the reigns on this Madhouse-produced anime, Auman has written several episodes of "The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!" and "Iron Man: Armored Adventures," where he was also a Story Editor, making this film a return to the familiar grounds of the Marvel Universe.
"In some ways, it felt like I never left," Auman tells us. "I rolled right into '[Rise of] Technovore' after 'The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!' and 'Iron Man: Armored Adventures,' and I worked on a bunch of Marvel projects right after. I wish I could talk about that stuff, but for now, it’s kind of hush-hush."
Having been a part of several Marvel animation series in the past, Auman has played a hand in writing Shellhead’s character before. This time around, he kept different generations of Starks in mind.
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“[Fans] know the movie, so the Robert Downey, Jr. version was foremost in my mind, but [writer Matt Fraction's] Tony Stark was also a big influence,” the writer shares. “I always go back to the classic comics because that’s the root. The [David] Michelinie and [Bob] Layton [run] is great. They really shaped Tony Stark and gave him the personality that carried over to the movies.”
When it came time to creating the story behind Stark and Frank Castle’s team-up, Auman mentions being a fan of anime and Punisher, so the development team really dug his pitch.
“I met with Cort Lane, Megan Thomas Bradner and Harrison Wilcox, where we cracked the initial idea,” he recalls. “I pitched the Punisher thinking no one would like that kind of team-up, but to my surprise, they [did]!”
Anime and comic book fans might find this pair rather peculiar, but of course there was a method to Auman’s madness.
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“He’s one of my favorite Marvel characters,” relays Auman. “I thought it would be a cool clash of personalities working together. [Stark] and Castle actually get along in the film, to a certain degree. They’re both wanted men, striving to take down a common enemy.”
As far as creating the story behind Punisher goes, Auman didn’t find the need to do much research on Castle at all.
“I grew up reading [about him, and] still read Punisher books today,” Auman says. "He’s gone through a lot of strange and interesting transformations. I was stoked that Norman Reedus [from AMC's 'The Walking Dead'] dubbed him. I think fans are going to like this version of the Punisher. He’s just as crazy and dangerous as his comics counterpart.”
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“Iron Man: Rise of Technovore,” produced by Madhouse, marks Auman’s first Marvel anime film, and he finds that there are some major differences when it comes to working with Japanese and American animation.
“[Japanese animation is] really elevated to an art,” Auman explains to us. “American animation is broken down [into two categories], comedy and action. [In Japan], there are endless genres and subgenres. [For instance], space dramas and cyberpunk sci-fi, supernatural horror, doctor dramas and [more] surreal stuff that is almost indefinable.”
Whether you know a lot about Japanese anime or nothing at all, pick up your copy of “Iron Man: Rise of Technovore” immediately on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download, and let us know what you think of the Stark-Castle duo!