“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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