In developing the story for the big screen, Bird and screenwriter Tim Mc Canlies excised a large part of Hughes’ novel (essentially eliminating the entire final section, in which the Iron Man battles an intergalactic space dragon) and moved the action from England to the pictaresque, appropriately-named Rockwell, a seaport town in Maine that serves as a perfect microcosm of small-town America in 1957.
After the battle, Bruce Wayne fakes his death, destroys Wayne Manner and starts making plans to continue crime-fighting.
by Brandie Ashe When Brad Bird first pitched the idea of adapting Ted Hughes’ 1968 science-fiction children’s novel The Iron Man to Warner Bros., he reportedly did so by posing a simple yet effective question: “What if a gun had a soul?
” It’s that intriguing, yet not altogether subtle theme that winds throughout Bird’s 1999 film version of the story, retitled The Iron Giant for its cinematic release.
After coming out of a catatonic state, the Joker is given permission to appear on a talk show to discuss his life.
Superman is instructed by the United States government to end Batman's vigilanty activities.
While Batman struggles with Gotham City police officers, the Joker escapes the talk show studio and soon carries out a clever plan to take control of a congressman and call for a missile strike on the Soviet Union.
Shortly after the congressman falls to his death, Batman catches up to the Joker and the Joker is killed after intense fighting.
Meanwhile, Superman is overwhelmed with deflecting the nuclear strike and is wounded.
The ensuing nuclear war knocks out power and chaos ensues.