‘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.

‘Iron Man 3’ Will Not Be A Serious Movie?

Superherohype is saying that Kevin Feige, Robert Downey, Jr., and Shane Black, the director of the film, are saying that the upcoming “Iron Man 3” will not be a “serious” movie.  Feige, Downey and Black are closer to the production than I am (by an almost indescribable degree), so I think that we can take their words as gospel, but I reading various quotes from the three men, makes me wonder if they have ever seen the trailer.

In an earlier post I called it “The Dark Knight Of The Iron Man.”  There must be some serious belly laughs yet to be revealed, because it was a lot of things, though funny (or even light-hearted) was not among them.

That being said, Shane Black has been known on occasion to mix relatively dark, situational humor into his films (particularly “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang”) though the ‘Lethal Weapon’ series of films, which he wrote, also show it, to varying degrees.

The Mandarin Lives!

When I heard that Ben Kingsley was going to be in Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3,” I was hoping that he would appear as the Mandarin, especially since the character has been teased since the first film (The ‘Ten Rings’ organization).  Well, it appears that someone has come to their senses, because rumors have it that Kingley will definitely be playing the Mandarin.

This is really cool, and hopefully will get the memory of the ‘Hood’ out of my head, from 2004’s “Thunderbirds.”

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That picture isn’t all that bad, though, trust me, he looked really silly in the movie.

I should also mention that the ‘Iron Man’ movies need to move beyond armored villains.  If you go to the link at Collider, you’ll see another suit of armor that Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) will probably not be wearing), though I would have thought that “Iron Man 2″ had enough armored suits for five sequels.

‘Iron Man 3′ Casting

According to Collider, Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3″ is casting soon, so if you’ve never been an extra before, it’s worth considering.  The last time I did it was on “The Dark Knight Rises” and that was a lot of fun (when you factor out that it was really cold, there was LOTS of running about in ill-fitting shoes, and plenty of over-zealous extras).

Yeah, good times.

Patty Jenkins Chosen To Direct Thor 2!

Earlier today, Patty Jenkins was confirmed as the director of Thor 2, which is really interesting because, no matter if you prefer DC Comics’ characters, like Superman or Batman, you’ve got to give Marvel credit for making bold choices, particularly when it comes to directors.

Which doesn’t change that the reason for their choice is probably connected to their desire to keep costs down.  After all, while Jenkins is a very talented director–if all I hear about “Monster” is any indicator–there’s no way that she’s as expensive as a Michael Bay, or John McTiernan.

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