It is odd to consider that Shane Black has become known as “the director of cult favorit Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” in recent years. Black is, after all, the incredibly talented screen writer behind the Lethal Weapon franchise, The Last Boy Scout, Monster Squad, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Last Action Hero.
As a young, hotshot screenwriter (23-years-old when he sold Lethal Weapon) he practically invented the market for the overpaid wunderkind ($4 million for Long Kiss Goodnight, thank you very much) as he was reinventing the buddy cop comedy genre. So yes, you have him to thank for Rush Hour. Not directly of course, but you know what I’m trying to say.
As such, Black is a primarily a writer. But now he is stepping into the directing chair for Iron Man 3, which could be disastrous or it could be a stroke of genius by Marvel Studios. What it also means is that for the first time, the franchise will have an honest to god story and screenplay before shooting. And while lots of people are excited because KKBB basically revived RDJ’s acting career in 2005, I’m more excited because Shane Black knows how to write an over-the-top action flick filled with the right amount of comedy. Which is precisely what Iron Man needs. At the same time, Black also knows how to create a coherent narrative.
What we can also expect is IM3 will probably take place around Christmas time and involve some sort of kidnapping plot.