"I explained to Justin Theroux, to the writer, and to [Jon] Favreau that I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy," he says. "And they allowed me to do that. Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor."
Presumably, these moments focused on Rourke's character losing his father.
The film did end with his apparent demise, though that doesn't say much in the comic book world. Still, Rourke doesn't see himself ever reprising the character -- or doing another superhero movie at all.
"It is f---ing too bad, but it’s their loss," he said. "If they want to make mindless comic book movies, then I don’t want to be a part of that."
That's not to say he places any of the blame on the film's writer or director. Rourke praised Favreau and Theroux, insinuating that he would have been happier with the movie if they'd had more creative control.
"At the end of the day you’ve got some nerd with a pocketful of money calling the shots," he says. "You know, Favreau didn’t call the shots. I wish he would have."