‘Iron Man 3′ Review

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“Iron Man 3″ Is The Superhero Film Quentin Tarantino Would Direct, If He Had Directed A Superhero Film”

The biggest problem I had with with Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man 2″ was that the filmmakers decided to pit Iron Man against another armored character, just like in the first film (though there was also the way that they turned Justin Hammer into a Tony Stark wannabe, when in the comics he was far more threatening and a much better foil to Stark).

Shane Black seemed to learn from their mistake, because other than Iron Man himself and War Machine – now known as Iron Patriot – there are no other armored characters in the film.

What struck me as odd about the film is that it plays more like something by Quentin Tarantino, in that you get what feels like tons of dialog, with a few set pieces strategically placed to remind you why you’re there in the first place.

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New ‘Iron Man 3’ Poster

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Here’s another “Iron Man 3” poster, this time focusing on Iron Man/Tony Stark and various armored suits.  It appears that the penultimate Iron Man film (Yeah right, if this makes a much money as anticipated, I expect that we’ll be seeing Iron Man for a long while, which is when things get really interesting because Robert Downey, Jr. probably has no more than two–including this one–Iron Man films in him, I’d imagine) will follow in a somewhat different direction than the prior two entries, which isn’t a bad thing.

I have read that it adapts the ‘Extremis’ storyline from the comics, though I haven’t followed it, I cannot say how it goes.

Though what I think is a really good thing is that Jon Favreau isn’t directing, though that shouldn’t be taken as being critical of him.  I am thinking more in the sense that some new blood will bring an interesting perspective to things, and if anyone can do that, Shane Black can.

An Interesting ‘Justice League’ Development

It needs to be said that I have never been a huge fan of DC Comics.  Despite enjoying the adventures of Green Lantern and Batman when I was younger, I always preferred Marvel overall.

That being said, I don’t want their films to fail because if enough superhero films fail, it threatens all superhero films because studios go where the money is, and if enough comic-based properties fail or underperform, they’ll stop making them.

This is why when I read that Ben Affleck was rumored to be taking on DC’s venerable Justice League, I was a bit worried.

It’s not necessarily that I thought that he wasn’t capable, more than he’s never done anything on that scale before, which could result in a problem of Bergian proportions.

Though that is not to say that such a strategy cannot work.  Marvel seems to quite regularly use directors like Kenneth Branagh and Jon Favreau, who prior to Thor and Iron Man 1 & 2, had never done films on such a scale.

Which is why I am comforted by the rumor is that the Wachowskis are being considered.  This makes sense because they have proven that they not only understand epic film making (Cloud Atlas?) but can handle effects-heavy productions.

NBC Wants A ‘Revolution’

J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alcatraz) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural) have an upcoming show on NBC called “Revolution,” about a world that is forced to exist without power because of some unspecified event.

That Abrams and Kripe are working together is impressive, though Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Cowboys And Aliens) directing the pilot episode ups the prestige of the project significantly.