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“Iron Man” director may have ties to Robert Downey Jr.

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We know Jon Favreau’s moving on from the “Iron Man” franchise, meaning Marvel has to tap a successor for the already announced “Iron Man 3.” But who?

Does the name Shane Black excite you?

It should, if you are familiar with Black’s credits (which, admittedly, are few and far between). As a screenwriter, he penned pop-culture classics like the original “Lethal Weapon,” “The Monster Squad,” “The Last Boyscout” and “The Long Kiss Goodnight.” I’d hire him on those credits alone (and give him freedom to rework any script Marvel might have in play).

Even more important? Black has history with Robert Downey Jr. It was Black who helped re-establish Downey as a leading man with the razor-sharp and impossibly-cool comedy “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”

Black hasn’t directed straight-up action yet – even Favreau had helmed “Zathura” prior to taking over “Iron Man” – but his intangibles makes him a solid choice. I wonder if it’s Downey who is pushing for his “Kiss Kiss” collaborator to take over the franchise? The L.A. Times says he’s currently “in contention” for the gig. Man, I hope this happens.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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