Director Shane Black tells us what makes ‘Iron Man 3’ different from other comic adaptations, plus, we share some fun facts about this highly anticipated blockbuster
Everyone’s favourite world-saving, quick-witted “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” Tony Stark is back in Iron Man 3, and this time, there’s a new director on board.
Shane Black, who worked with star Robert Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, is a self-professed Iron Man fan. “I used to buy the comic books,” the director told xinmsn in an e-mail interview. “When Robert called me and asked if I’d be interested in directing the film, I was intrigued by the idea of working with him again, and thought it’d be fun to find out how far we could stretch the Iron Man myth.”
In order to keep the third instalment as close to its predecessors as possible (and avoid making a completely different and totally unrelated movie altogether), Shane sought previous director Jon Favreau for advice. However, he also brought his own flavour to the table in the form of what he calls “the real world thriller”.
“When Tony is in the cave in Iron Man 1, it didn’t feel like a comic book movie. In fact, it felt like a thriller, or even at times a horror film. Those elements greatly appealed to me, so I tried to keep this film peppered with those realistic components.”
Speaking of realism, Shane shared that he thinks comic book movies lack a sense of real world grounding, an issue he tackled in Iron Man 3. “We tried to be more level-headed about things not quite living up to a magic potential, unlike in comic books where nothing ever fails,” he explained.
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