For may comic fans, Iron Man 3 will live on… in infamy as a WTF cherry on an otherwise okay cake. The main issues surrounds the Mandarin… one of Iron Man’s notorious enemies in the comics. In the film, however, he turned out to be played by an actor pretending to be the Mandarin.
Iron Man 3‘s director Shane Black however has found it necessary to defend his take on Mandarin Character almost 3 years on. The director said he still likes the choice to reveal the Mandarin to be a character played by a British stage actor. A short, “Hail to the King”, was later made about the character.
In fact, Black believes he’s done ‘a bit too well’ with Iron Man 3:
We may have done our job a bit too well in a way because we succeeded in actually having a surprise in the middle of a big summer movie where you normally know virtually everything about it before you go in. And when I say we did our job too well it meant some of the fans felt fooled. They felt I think that they’d been led down one path and then sold a bill of goods. It’s hard. Because I want to please the fans… but in this case I thought and we all thought that it was just a very interesting and very layered decision to take the Mandarin
Also in recent news, Black is set direct the film of the first of comic superhero Doc Savage with Dwayne The Rock’ Johnson. We’ll eventually see if there are any miraculous reveals in that too.
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