Robert Downey, Jr. Says 'Iron Man 3' Will Be 'Very, Very Bold'

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Third installments in superhero trilogies tend to be somewhat awful, but Robert Downey, Jr. seems to think Iron Man 3 will be the exception to the rule.

Downey spoke at length about the film during a recent interview, reaffirming new director Shane Black's history with the franchise by reminding viewers, "When we were doing the first Iron Man, Jon Favreau and I used to call up Shane Black. We had two lifeline calls; one was to J.J. Abrams, which was about the third act. And for the other call, we went to Shane’s house."

Now, says Downey, "To get him to do Iron Man 3, it has just been this awesome experience and one of my favorite working experiences. Iron Man 3 is going to be a very, very bold genre film, from the storytelling."

He went on to wax rhapsodic about what Black brings to the superhero genre, saying, "I think the main thing is that he’s always looking at complexities within complexities. And he always likes it when a film kind of stops for a reason you can’t understand, and then picks up and goes in a direction you’ve never imagined."

Narrative complexities aside, Downey promises that fans can look forward to some killer acting in Iron Man 3 -- and he isn't talking about himself, either. Saying that Favreau's latest turn as Tony Stark's right-hand man Happy Hogan provides "probably the best two bits of acting in the movie," he also reserved praise for Ben Kingsley's work as the nefarious Mandarin. "Kingsley is amazing. And a lot of that had to do with the way that Shane crafted the role for Sir Ben," he enthused. "I think that people are going to be not [totally] surprised, but they’re going to be just reinvested in what a brilliant actor Kingsley is."

We can probably all agree that being reinvested in Ben Kingsley is a thoroughly welcome prospect after The Love Guru. We're looking forward to seeing the whole thing come together when Iron Man 3 arrives in theaters on May 3, 2013.

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