Despite reports to the contrary, the first trailer for the upcoming Iron Man 3 pitched the film as a dark and heavy film, far removed from the glib tone of the great first film and the absolutely not-great second film.  With a new director (Shane Black) and villain (Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin), the film seems poised to right the course of the franchise, which went far off-track with Iron Man 2.  And now, star Robert Downey Jr is dropping details about the overall tone of the film, as well as Kingsley’s work as Iron Man’s arch-nemesis.

First up–curious how this film balances out next to Iron Man 2?  In a recent interview, Downey Jr. was asked how Shane Black’s direction and tone differed from Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2:

“I think Shane’s gone for a dark feel in this movie. It’s a lot grittier and goes back to its comic-book roots. It’s shaped into a really special movie – and Shane as been instrument [sic] in that.”

That’s a relief–part of what made the second film such a disappointment was it’s overreliance on its star’s charm rather than story or coherence.  Even the trailer for Iron Man 3 is more entertaining than Iron Man 2.

Later, Downey Jr. explained what makes Kingsley such a fearsome villain:

“I always think there’s something more terrifying about a villain who’s a genius, as opposed to just relying on strength or ability. We all know what a fantastic actor Ben Kingsley is, and he pulls off the evil genius with real terrifying results.

Early buzz has it that Kingsley is pretty riveting as the film’s villain, despite his wildly goofy hair and accent.   We’ll be able to find out on May 3, 2013, when Iron Man 3 is released.

What do you think of the Iron Man 3 news?

Source: Cinema Blend