The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Shane Black has been in talks with Marvel about the possibility of taking the reigns of the third Iron Man movie.It's the news that is presently whipping up a storm in the underpants of every fanboy and fangirl worth their salt:
This would be beyond perfect.
If you haven't seen it - and far too many people haven't - check out Black's first directorial effort, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. That movie saw Black cast two leading men that Hollywood wanted nothing to do with - Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer - and proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that both actors not only still had it, but were quite possibly better than ever. Just over five years later, and sadly Kilmer still can't get arrested but Downey - well, we all know the score with him. Hard to believe that such a short time ago, the smart money was on him winding up in jail or dead, as opposed to becoming one of the biggest movie stars of our time.
Not only does it seem just that Black be given a shot at Iron Man 3, given that he pretty much rescued RDJ from career oblivion; it makes sense artistically too. This is the guy that wrote Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight, on top of untold numbers of uncredited script doctorings; those alone demonstrate that the man knows spectacle. And as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang proves, he knows how to put great lines in RDJ's mouth, and make him look cool doing so. Which, let's face it, is what Iron Man is all about.
No, nothing's confirmed yet; but let's hope it is soon. And then we'll get back to hoping Thor, Captain America and The Avengers turn out good.