IRON MAN 3 Exec Producer Talks China Co-Production

IRON MAN 3 Exec Producer Talks China Co-Production

Addressing the Shane Black-helmed threequel’s current status as a China co-production, the company’s CEO and Iron Man 3 executive producer also comments on about filming. Check it out!

After last month's teaser trailer failed to showcase any Chinese actors or settings, it’s been speculated that Marvel’s Iron Man 3 actioner is no longer being co-produced by Beijing film studio DMG Entertainment. And chatting exclusively with The Hollywood Reporter, the company’s CEO, Dan Mintz, weighed in on the speculation, also clarifying that filming in China will occur.

“Iron Man 3 is absolutely a DMG co-production. Obviously I can’t talk about story, but we’ll be filming in China before the end of the year, and we’ll have an announcement about Chinese cast members sometime very soon. All will be revealed. About the co-production issue, of course, it’s kind of sensitive. What I will say is that I’ve lived in China for 20 years and we’ve been working at this a long time -- and there’s no single loophole to be exploited, like some have been suggesting.”

Iron Man 3 being named a DMG co-production wasn’t only questioned by the lack of Chinese settings in the impressive two-minute teaser trailer. Veteran actor Sir Ben Kingsley’s performance as The Mandarin received a standing ovation from the cast & crew, but some believe the villain’s interpretation in the film, being evidently different from the comics, may have been decided only to avoid exploiting China; basically so the movie could still be co-financed by DMG Entertainment.

Anyhow, Stitch Kingdom has provided a high-res still photo of the controversial villain's portrayal.


Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968. “Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures & DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing & Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Charles Newirth, Stan Lee & Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film hits May 3, 2013, & is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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DioFoRio - 11/2/2012, 10:14 PM
don't care. make the movie good
Tony93 - 11/2/2012, 10:15 PM
who cares?! STARWARS is coming :P
DCMarvelFreshman - 11/2/2012, 10:17 PM
@Tony93 Not really a Stars Wars fan, but considering the world's reaction via the internet, I expect your response to be the response to everything from now on.:-)
1ncredibleJ0C - 11/2/2012, 10:18 PM
Jollem - 11/2/2012, 10:20 PM
i wonder if there's a reason why the latch on the box is flipped up?

SpideyQuad - 11/2/2012, 10:30 PM
Well the rings can't be too powerful if he has a high-powered rifle next to himself
Badseed721 - 11/2/2012, 10:30 PM
what's his t-shirt say? Look's like 50 BMG ammo. Not sure about the writing.
thewonderer - 11/2/2012, 10:47 PM
Hoping MINO is good in Iron Man 3!
jimpinto24 - 11/2/2012, 10:51 PM
I notice that their wasn't any scenes of The Mandarin in China during the Iron Man 3 trailer last month. I hopr Marvel & Shane Black explore the origins of The Mandarin in Iron Man 3.
nojustwar - 11/2/2012, 11:05 PM
@ Badseed, you can see his t-shirt here.

I googled "BMG bullet t shirt" and this page was all the way at the bottom.

The question is; WHY? What does this mean?
nojustwar - 11/2/2012, 11:09 PM
you can see an enlarged image of it here. click on the top left corner of the image for an enlargement.
Tony93 - 11/2/2012, 11:14 PM
um Mandarin got some shades haha
DioFoRio - 11/2/2012, 11:17 PM
Im with ya Wonderer...Wonder-see what i did there?-if they take a page out of Nolans book if realism and use his rings as pill holders for the myriad of ailments Mandarin has.
SageMode - 11/2/2012, 11:19 PM
The 2nd trailer is gonna be awesome. Just you wait.


Still grasping at straws huh? I agree with DANGERSTRANGER.
SuperSpiderMan5778 - 11/2/2012, 11:32 PM
looks like a chinese inspired dragon on the background to me so FAWK YEA!!!
JerBear - 11/2/2012, 11:35 PM
thewonderer is like DC's version of Intruder lol
Jollem - 11/2/2012, 11:40 PM
i agree that the whole bino thing was silliness

look at what marvel studios is doing with the mandarin for just one example why every cbm is it's own take on the comics
SageMode - 11/2/2012, 11:44 PM
People need to research the reason why they decided not to use an oriental (Chinese) actor for Mandarin, it's more understandable than just ignoring the concept because "the source material is irrelevant".

Just saying.
Jollem - 11/2/2012, 11:52 PM
nolan obviously cared about the source material for the dark knight trilogy

it's evident in the way there were many references to various bat-stories in the movies

i'm sure bane was not changed out of "arrogance"
LOL - 11/3/2012, 12:07 AM
@Jollem... seriously, that again? there were a lot of illogical OOC crap in Nolan's trilogy that shat in the face of the source material too regardless of the so-called references.
Funsize - 11/3/2012, 12:13 AM
I'm still hoping he gets to do something with the rings -.- I could care less about the race change though. It would have been awesome to see his actual backstory too.
Jollem - 11/3/2012, 12:15 AM
@DangerStranger - i don't know of any "shooting down"

@LOL - again, EVERY cbm is it's own take. would you consider how marvel studios handled the Demon in a Bottle story-line in iron man 2 as the source material being shat upon? i do. but i can see why they nerfed it
Tony93 - 11/3/2012, 12:20 AM
Idk guys but it looks like he won't have any powers.. Just looks like a regular hippy terrorist with the t shirt he has wearing underneath, the hippy sunglasses.. The rifle.. And the fashion rings..
Tony93 - 11/3/2012, 12:20 AM
I'm expecting him to be smokin outta hookah anytime niw
loki668 - 11/3/2012, 12:42 AM
I thought that he was wearing an Ed Hardy t-shirt for extra douchieness. I'll leave the half-assed trolls to wallow in their "fanboy bashing" idiocy. Some people just like to make an imbecilic statement and then whack-off to their own stupidity, using their leaking brain fluid as lubricant.

Lord Loki has spoken
Bane2099 - 11/3/2012, 12:48 AM
Wonder what kind of shades those are in his hand that he'll be sporting in the movie :D
CoolantTech - 11/3/2012, 4:44 AM
Although Nolan is extremely talented, unfortunately he's an elitist prick thats why he changed Bane from Mexican to white to fit his white elitist sensibilities... If you'd notice in the TDK many black poeple were brutally killed but the thing was there were bearly any black people in the movie
GoILL - 11/3/2012, 4:57 AM

I'm with you dude, way to much bullshit goes on here. I'd also like to add that other than having love for different approaches to these movies you [frick]s are the same.
Invictor - 11/3/2012, 5:12 AM
It wouldn't matter at all to me if his character was changed from his comic-self. They did it with Bane, so they can do it with the Mandarin.
marvel72 - 11/3/2012, 5:16 AM
@ thewonderer

"its always marvel fans that start shit" & there is the always innocent "thewonderer" not starting anything as usual.

mandarin is gonna be so much better than bane,for one reason alone kingsley is a better actor.
jazzman - 11/3/2012, 5:32 AM

i guess u dont realise Bane father in the comics was a white British man.
mgeoff88 - 11/3/2012, 6:19 AM
WOW! Now that is a HQ photo! I'm not sure what he's holding in his left hand.

The Mandarin: I'm not a terrorist.

Iron Man: That's like the slogan for terrorists everywhere.


@[email protected] Awesome find guys! I first thought that was a prisoners uniform he was wearing underneath his robe. Lol! I was way off.
Tainted87 - 11/3/2012, 7:06 AM
Bane was pretty much THE only Hispanic DC character, and definitely THE ONLY Hispanic Batman Villain. When people claim changing a white character to black is the same thing as changing Luke Cage to a white man... I want them to take a good look at Bane.
Cosmic1 - 11/3/2012, 7:40 AM
But seriously why can't a Chinese guy be the villian this world is F'in nutz everyone is to sensative damn cry babies.
Wildebeast5162 - 11/3/2012, 7:48 AM
I am constantly amazed by the ignorance bandied about in these posts. Bane is NOT mexican. He is half white, half Santa Priscan, which is a made up latino island. Second, Nolan is neither a saint nor a sinner, he is a film maker who made artistic choices to create his movies. Same as Favreau, Black, Whedon, Johnston, Taylor, Vaughn, Webb, Singer, Snyder, Lee, and others. Next, you cannot look at a picture of a man and determine yhat he is a powerless hippy with fashion accessory rings. This is just more fanboy ignorance because the image doesn't fit your version of things. Let me help you. You are highly opinionated comic nerds, like me, living vicariously through the fantasy worlds these men are creating.
Wildebeast5162 - 11/3/2012, 7:56 AM
These men are talented nerd boys who Create the fantasies that we are all living vicariously through. It is an important distinction to make. it means that these men will make changes for, creative, financial, tr other reasons. The Mandarin is also half white in the comics, Feige has said that the rings will have powers. And he is an international terrorist, so I am srry that his hair stylist and tailor aren't always available. Get a grip people's
jazzman - 11/3/2012, 8:03 AM

first of he aint the only hispanic DC character lol. have u forgotten Jaime Reyes, Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), etc.
jazzman - 11/3/2012, 8:10 AM

Kinglsey is Asian but not Chinese he is Indian and White
95 - 11/3/2012, 8:13 AM
The Mandarin looks exactly as he should: Mongolian.
Tainted87 - 11/3/2012, 8:35 AM
"Was" being the operative word. I don't remember Kyle being Hispanic, and Jaime is still a VERY new character. Try harder. Hardy could have done an accent. If Willem Dafoe could do it in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, I have every bit of faith Tom Hardy could have as well.

Anyway, I'm all for Ben Kingsley. There are many reasons why he's not Chinese - the first being that the character WAS a racist stereotype, and no one felt comfortable adopting that. Secondly, how many middle-aged Chinese actors can you name, who can not only speak English, but fluently enough as if it were their native language?

If you can name TEN, my point will be invalid.

For the record, why I don't encounter a lot of Chinese customers, the majority of the ones I do can speak English perfectly - I'm not insinuating anything.
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