Re: The True Tony Stark
If Tony Stark was played serious and darker, he would be Batman copy cat with a different suit and lack of no guns policy. Especially in 2008, when Batman gained his popularity back it might seen as lack of orginality...Both of them non-powered. Both of them Genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist when they are not heroes. Both of them has cool gadgets.
Tony Stark is better this way. He is not over the top funny character. He has his serious moments as well.
"Nothing less than a knight, shining."