Man, I really really hate that KBS decided to name its upcoming drama Iron Man. Setting aside the lifting of the title from a famous Western comic book superhero that has in recent years been revived in popular culture, the blatant and overly obvious naming mechanism is something that is at the core of comic book genesis. He dresses like a bat, then he’s of course Batman. He develops spider abilities, then he’s going to be Spiderman. He’s got every superpower under the sun, then of clearly he can only be Superman. K-dramas have their own shtick and I wish it would stick it with it rather than appropriating in ill-fitting ways. Plus I’m annoyed because anytime I search for Iron Man updates I have to wade through a bajillion RDJ stills first.
The only logical reason for this K-drama to be called Iron Man does connect with its superpower concept, the leading man played by Lee Dong Wook experiences so much emotional pain that it manifests in having actual knives sprout from his body. As you can see above in the first drama stills with Lee Dong Wook and
the chinless wonder Shin Se Kyung, there are red dots on his suit jacket which are intended as the CGI marker for the knives to be added in post-production. The knives don’t kill him but hurts a lot (duh) and leaves him with scars. Shin Se Kyung play the warmhearted girl who helps him though this difficult affliction, which is a major understatement if any. If knives suddenly sprouted from my body, I don’t think finding a nice warmhearted man who will love me will be either the solution to my problem or even makes the list of things on my mind.