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‘Iron Man 3’ Director On Downey Jr., CGI

11 Jul, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

LOS ANGELES — Iron Man 3 director and screenwriter Shane Black may be best known for his writing, from Lethal Weapon to Last Action Hero to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

So it may come as a surprise that he doesn’t feel all that confident with his writing.

“I just felt like writing [alone] didn’t satisfy. You write it, off it went, and who knew if it was going to get made or not,” Black said, speaking recently during the Los Angeles Film Festival. “After every script, I say ‘That’s it, I’ll never write a funny line again.’ I never had confidence. I still don’t.”

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will make Iron Man 3 available via HD digital in both 3D ($25) and 2D ($19.50) starting Sept. 3. Three weeks later, Sept. 24 (order date Aug. 13), sees the film released as a 3D super set ($49.99) that includes the film on 3D Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray and DVD, and includes a digital copy and music sampler. Disney will also release the film as a 2D Blu-ray combo pack with DVD and digital copy at $44.99; a Blu-ray/DVD combo with no digital copy for $39.99; a DVD with digital copy for $29.99; and on demand.

Iron Man 3 is also just Black’s second film in the director’s chair, after 2005’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which also starred Robert Downey Jr.

“There was a degree of trust between us because we had worked together previously,” Black said. “Some of the best lines in the movie were probably written an hour before they were shot.”

Black also addressed Iron Man 3’s (supposed) villain, CGI and how Marvel films fit in the nation’s current superhero zeitgeist.

“Marvel is about taking the piss out of things,” Black said. “I think Avengers works better as a comedy. A well-aimed punch in the face, when the character has made a decision and put themselves in that situation, has so much impact.”

Iron Man 3’s villain, The Mandarin, first started appearing in Marvel comics in the mid-1960s, and Black needed to take a different tact with him for the film, despite the outcry from hardcore “Iron Man” fans.

“It just felt right,” he said. “The fans are the fans. He’s not the best villain in the world, just the one who’s around.”

Regarding CGI, Black noted that it’s a necessity for superhero flicks, but the less it can be used, the better.

“If it pushes the character and plot forward, that’s all that’s important,” Black said. “The CGI has to feel visceral. Even in front of a green screen, we did as much with the actors as possible.”

When Disney releases Iron Man 3 on disc, bonuses will include a featurette deconstructing the attack on Air Force One, a preview of Thor: The Dark World, a “Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Unmasked” featurette, a commentary with co-writer Drew Pearce and Black, deleted scenes and more.

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