Richard Donner Says Shane Black Will "Knock Your Socks Off" With Iron Man 3!

The Superman director shares his thoughts on Shane Black being appointed as director of Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3, while also stating that he's there to help if necessary...

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By Josh Wilding - 6/10/2011
Talking to UGO, the popular director was quizzed about his friend Shane Black now being the one to helm a big superhero movie, and shared both his thoughts on that as well as the promise of helping out if necessary! There's quite a bit more to this interview, so be sure to click on the link below to head on over to the site!

You have had a long time working relationship with Shane Black, obviously he wrote Lethal Weapon, and now has the reins on Iron Man 3, so I don’t know how often the two of you speak, but as someone who can perhaps work as a go-between, do you have any message you’d like to give Shane Black - as an elder statesman with regards to superhero films, since Mr. Black is about to direct his first one?

I had lunch with Shane the day he got the message that he was going to direct that. I couldn’t say anything more than I said to him, except give him a big damn hug, wish him all the love and luck in the world. I say of all the people in the world, he’s totally capable. I thought what he did. . .what’s the name of that picture he directed?

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Yeah, I thought it was wonderful. I thought it was brilliantly done, and knowing Shane and having spoke to him, he did it under some very adverse conditions of hierarchy that were somewhat controlling him. But he stood up to protect the cast in that picture. He stood up for so many things, I give him all the credit. He’s going to knock your socks off I promise you.

And if the phone rings and he’s got a question, you’re there to help him out.

Are you kidding?


Once again starring Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, Iron Man 3 is currently set for a release date of May 3, 2013!




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WaylonJones - 6/10/2011, 7:43 AM
I have said it once I'll say it again Richard Donner is such a rad dude
ROBBEATZZZ - 6/10/2011, 7:47 AM
YEA YEA YEA OK..JUST BETTER HAVE THE MANDARIN!!..
TheLight - 6/10/2011, 7:48 AM
If Richard Donner says ok, that's cool enough for me. Go get em'.
JackBauer - 6/10/2011, 7:50 AM
I watched one of his best films last night : The Goonies :D

I hadn't watched it in probably 15 years at least, but it holds up fairly well for a family film considering it's 26 years old.
StrangerX - 6/10/2011, 7:51 AM
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was good not great, but Lethal Weapon was awesome. I like most fans am going to say it BRING ON THE MANDARIN.
marvel72 - 6/10/2011, 7:55 AM
can't wait to see what gonna happen next at marvel after the avengers.

@ jackbauer

the goonies i haven't seen that movie in years classic adventure film of the 80s.
GUNSMITH - 6/10/2011, 7:57 AM
I'D LIKE TO SEE WAR MACHINE AND PEPPER POTTS AS RESCUE, KEEP THE MAGIC STUFF AWAY...THERES WAY MORE "TECH" STORIES TO BE EXPLORED..YOU LOSE THAT TECH FEEL YOU LOSE THAT NEAR OBTAINABLE REALITY THAT FAV SAW THAT WAS THE COOLEST THING ABOUT IRON MAN.
JackBauer - 6/10/2011, 7:59 AM
@marvel72 - It's great, but somehow my wife had never seen it so I had to fix that :)
SKGannbit - 6/10/2011, 8:00 AM
i agee with Gunsmith.
nuck82 - 6/10/2011, 8:01 AM
i loved kiss kiss bang bang, great movie!
drykillogic22 - 6/10/2011, 8:02 AM
@Gunsmith..Agreed.
thesymbiote - 6/10/2011, 8:05 AM
@GUNSMITH

Yeah thats probably my favorite parts in the Iron Man movies. I love that tech stuff. That and an engaging story with a proper villain (not just one who fights for 2 minutes then dies in the end) would make the movie already pretty good.
woodsy100 - 6/10/2011, 8:08 AM
There's some wires getting crossed here - Donner directed Goonies & Lethal Weapon 1, 2, 3 & 4 (as well as Superman of course). Shane Black wrote Lethal Weapon.
forthesakeofnow - 6/10/2011, 8:13 AM
@ROBBEATZZZ & StrangerX

Although they have kind of being building up to it and it would be odd to see Iron Man without him, I dont know how the Mandarin would fit in with the Tom Clancy idea they said the film would fit into.
StrangerX - 6/10/2011, 8:15 AM
THE RINGS ARE NOT MAGICAL THEY ARE BUILT FROM ALIEN TECH.
spiderneil - 6/10/2011, 8:16 AM
@ gunsmith

magic can be presented by tech

mandarin
example;
cold ring - ring that achieves extreme cold by emitting liquid nitrogen
thunderforce - 6/10/2011, 8:16 AM
no more fighting other robots or guys in robot suits please , lets try something different this time . I wonder if Iron man could take on the Abomnation ? that would be cool , but he would probably get his ass kicked maybe that can be why he starts making the hulk buster .
ROBBEATZZZ - 6/10/2011, 8:20 AM
@StrangerX..THANKS FOR SHARING THAT..4 REAL!...LOL!..IT CAN WORK..I DONT SEE WHY PPL DONT SEE THAT
JosePetrelli12 - 6/10/2011, 8:20 AM
yeah boi!!!!!!!!
StingrayX - 6/10/2011, 8:21 AM
He kinda looks like the old guy from Whale Wars.
ROBBEATZZZ - 6/10/2011, 8:25 AM
@forthesakeofnow..I HAVE FAITH IN MARVEL STUDIOS..IM SURE THEY WILL FIGURE IT OUT..THOR IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THAT..ALSO WE HAVE YET 2 SEE WHAT THE AVENGERS BRING..AFTER ALL THAT IS HAPPENNING WITH THE AVENGERS,THE CUBE, LOKI, OTHER DIMENTIONS,..IRONMAN IS NO LONGER IN A "STRICTLY TECH" WORLD
eskylz28 - 6/10/2011, 8:36 AM
Ok here's an idea: If the Skrull/Kree are in the Avengers, one of the invading ships loses cargo, the rings were on it, and then in the after credits scene we see the mandarin getting them. Its a change of orgin but they can make it work.
ROBBEATZZZ - 6/10/2011, 8:43 AM
@EvilOlivE..EXACTLY

@eskylz28..NOT A BAD IDEA..THEY DO TWEAK THINGS..
forthesakeofnow - 6/10/2011, 9:00 AM
@StrangerX and ROBBEATZZZ

I never said or meant anything to do with magic or tech in general just that a tom clancy type thriller doesnt seem the sort of film were you stop a big villain, it seems more like one where you stop a group of people like a terrorist organisation, but from what we have seen so far in the first film, the terrorist organisation thing might be how they are going to show it. that being the 10 rings.
JackBauer - 6/10/2011, 9:02 AM
Sorry folks. I didn't mean to imply that Shane Black had anything to do with The Goonies. I was referring to Richard Donner.
GUNSMITH - 6/10/2011, 9:04 AM
SURE MAGIC ,ALIENS, 20 FT BARNEY DINOSAUR BREATHING FIRE...AVENGERS..DO IT. AVENGERS IS THE "GRANDE " YOUR ALLOWED TO GO ALL OUT BECAUSE IT TAKES MORE THAN ONE OF THESE ALREADY AWESOME ON THEIR OWN SUPER-HEROES TO BEAT THE BADDIE, SURE..BUT IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL FILMS, KEEP IT WHERE THE STRENGTH OF THE COOL FACTOR OF THAT PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL LAY.....LOL I SAID "LAY".
catman - 6/10/2011, 9:07 AM
Would be great to Iron Man back on track...
StrangerX - 6/10/2011, 9:16 AM
I wasn't trying to argue just wanted those to know that the Rings are tech based as well.
MatchesMalone1989 - 6/10/2011, 9:28 AM
@Gunsmith

If Ironman fought Mandarin in the comics. How is it not cool for him to fight him in live action. I think that has the potential to be a great plot. It's the ultimate battle of Magic vs Science. I mean it is a comic book. Why do you want to see it turned realistic. Escape the the real world. That's what these stories are all about.
MatchesMalone - 6/10/2011, 9:28 AM
What's up, everybody? I haven't been on here in a while. I agree 100% with what Waylon said about Richard Donner. "Rad dude" is exactly the way I would've said it. All of the Ten Rings stuff has been leading up to the Mandarin, so it's probably going to happen. I think a villain that would be way harder to explain away with tech would be Fin Fang Foom. And as far as Shane Black goes, I still haven't seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang yet, so I'm not really sure about his directing style, but I love his writing. The Last Boy Scout is an another awesome action flick he wrote. I feel like Marvel Studios is three for three when it comes to the directors they've chosen for their films, so I have the utmost faith in them and who they choose to helm their movies. The Donner bump doesn't hurt either.
MatchesMalone - 6/10/2011, 9:31 AM
@MatchesMalone1989- There can be only one.

Nah, just kiddin'. It's always good to see other Batman fans on here. DC always needs love on CBM.
JayTopStix - 6/10/2011, 9:41 AM
WELL I DISAGREE. I want magic rings and a green skin mandarin. Thor already introduced magic so get it going.
StrangerX - 6/10/2011, 10:08 AM
@JayTopStix-Didn't Thor explain to Jane that Science and what we call Magic are one and the same.
VictorHugo - 6/10/2011, 10:09 AM
The Mandarin is an old school "yellow menace" villain.
For Hollywood it´s ok to badmouth soviets, but they must be careful with badmouthing chineses.

Unless the american hero has a chinese girlfriend...
DeathAdder - 6/10/2011, 11:39 AM
@Gunsmith, What the HELL are you talking about? Since when is Mandarin magic?

THERE IS ABSOLUTLEY NOTHING MAGICAL ABOUT MANDARIN OR HIS RINGS!!

And NO, War Machine should not return nor should Pepper become Rescue. We don't need Batman & Robin with everyone having a suit for no real reason. This is Iron Man 3, not Iron Man, War Machine and Co.

It was already a huge mistake to give Rhodey the suit in the second one, no need to multiply their mistakes, just focus on Iron Man and the villain.
sexfoodcomics - 6/10/2011, 11:41 AM
I think it will be easier to do a mandarin story with magic or science/magic after the avengers. Since the avengers will have all this elements in it and magic will be introduced into the marvel cinematic world.
ROBBEATZZZ - 6/10/2011, 12:00 PM
@StrangerX..LOL.. I REMEMBER THAT..I THINK MARVEL STUDIOS THINK THE SAME WAY SCIENCE/MAGIC...BUT AGAIN MANDARIN ISNT EXACTLY THE "MAGIC PPL R REFERING TO...CLEARLY ALIEN TECH SCIENCE/MAGIC..LIKE THOR EXPLAINED TO JANE..HELL THORS HAMMER IS ALIEN TECH..SHIELD USED SCIENCE HUMAN TECH TO STUDY IT..HUMANS MAY THINK ITS HIS HAMMER IS "MAGIC"
ROBBEATZZZ - 6/10/2011, 12:00 PM
@sexfoodcomics..AGREED
BizzyCrenespy - 6/10/2011, 12:16 PM
It's worth remembering that Marvel are planning a Dr Strange movie, so 'Magic' in the original sense will play a part in the cinematic universe.
BobHasMyPants - 6/10/2011, 12:38 PM
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a great flick, can't wait to see what he'll do with iron man. Intruder@ would love an R rated iron man 3 but it's wishful thinking, you never know!
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