Robert Downey Jr. Cast As the POTUS Of Our Dreams In ‘The God of High School’ Anime Adaptation
The God of High School, a popular South Korean webtoon recently got an anime adaptation that premiered this month. Fans were prepared for some intense action in the tournament series but they certainly didn’t see a cameo of Marvel star Robert Downey Jr. coming. Quite early in the series, the second episode had a surprise appearance of Robert Downey Jr. as the President of the United States. The episode factors in the USA’s response to the ongoing mystery that unfolds in the first episode.
Once the episode of The God of High School was out, anime junkies scoured the internet for evidence and found that the resemblance of the character to the actor is intentional. The character of the POTUS is in fact, designed in the likeness of Robert Downey Jr. Those who have read the webcomic by Yongje Park before, know that the comic initially depicted Barack Obama as president since it was published during his tenure. A creative call was then taken to update the design for the anime and have the President look like everyone’s favourite Avenger, Iron Man. In a Crunchyroll interview, the makers of the series revealed how the cameo was added. This is the most unexpected and unwitting Tony Stark tribute coming in after his last stint in Avengers: Endgame but we’ll take it. Fun fact: The voice actor of Iron Man, the late Keiji Fujiwara in the Japanese dub voiced the POTUS in anime.
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“I think Robert Downey Jr. matches the image of a strong U.S. president portrayed in the comic, so I think it’s a great match!”, says The God of High School director Sunghoo Park and we’re in total agreement what with Kanye West being the other popular alternative.
The God of High School is about teen martial artist Jin Mo-Ri who’s invited to join ‘The God of High School’, a challenging tournament that tests his abilities. The webtoon also has a video game of the same name. The anime is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
Cover artwork: Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India