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Shane Black Defends Iron Man 3′s Controversial Mandarin

In March, Iron Man 3 writer-director Shane Black raised alarm among Marvel Comics fans when he said that his interpretation of the Mandarin wouldn’t have magic rings, and would instead be closer in spirit to the Joker in The Dark Knight Rises and Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.

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Sandmano3552d ago

It did work!! The movie clicking in on 1 billion worldwide.

Blacktric3551d ago

"It did work!!"

What is false advertisement?

Sandmano3551d ago

If it wasn't officially advertised it doesn't count, promises isn't advertising

NewMonday3551d ago (Edited 3551d ago )

that is how he was presented before the plot twist. I think it was brilliant.

the original Mandarin character was based on racist stereotypes that wer OK in the 60's, that why they had to change him.

KingPin3550d ago (Edited 3550d ago )

"....1 billion worldwide"
how many of those would want their money back after this POS movie. i know i would and im not alone.

If ever a movie maker comes out to defend his work, its a sign of him knowing he F%^ked up and is trying to save face.

Why o why3550d ago (Edited 3550d ago )

I preferred star trek. This and last batman were disappointments for me. I'm hoping man of steel is better than all of these films. We can only hope.

Simon_Brezhnev3552d ago

He cant defend it. How you want to promote the movie in china but have Mandarin white and dumb. Mandarin one of Marvels smartest villains. Hell mandarin is even the name of a one set of chinese language.

Sandmano3551d ago

I'm afraid theyl make shredder in Tmnt not japanese ill be pissed then.

wishingW3L3551d ago

never thought about that since he always has a mask on but it'd be cool if it's an actual Japanese and not a white man that went through some ninja training in Japan or something.

Simon_Brezhnev3551d ago

Your right they will ruin TMNT live action. Probably be a straight up comedy. Since they know they wont ever be able to touch the 1st one. They probably wont get a Japanese but some random asian actor to play Japanese. lol

hazelamy3551d ago

well, they've changed almost everything else in the new TMNT movie, so, best prepare to be disappointed.

Baka-akaB3551d ago (Edited 3551d ago )

He is not one of the smartest villain in the Marvel universe .

Bare a few david michelinie's and bob harras classic stories he was quite lame , till circa 00s with the whole extremis new storylines .

He was a lame amagalgation of Fu Manchu and chinese phantasmagoria , bordeline racist even . He was some clown and greedy peasant that landed by luck upon magical/extra terrestrial rings according to many versions of the tale (he mostly lie about it anyway) with delusion of grandeur , turned tyrant.

he is one of the biggest if not the biggest iron man villains , because sadly iron man was always lacking in that department , as it worst ennemy was always himself , his own hubris and booze (himself again) o trying to remain relevant tech wise . His best foes were otherwise in avengers related stories .

Only recent stories truly tried to redeem him and make him smart and efficient

Simon_Brezhnev3551d ago

Seems like official marvel sites says he was smart. I'm taking official over what your saying.

Baka-akaB3551d ago (Edited 3551d ago )

Still not one of the smartest . Especially when many of that history happened fairly recently compared to the length of his existence .

He had to be redeemed at least twice in the past 2 decades by renowned writers and artist to transcend his original parodic lameness

I'm taking my scanned and physical exhaustive collection over retroactive continuity BSing from , but hey that's me .

NewMonday3551d ago


in comics "retconnes" happen very often, Lex Luthor was originally a pure mad scientist before being turned into a power hungry businessman, and last time I checked he is a mix of the 2. Jocker was originally just a clown before turning into a nihilistic psychopath.

Root3552d ago

Course he's going to defend it, he dosen't want his film to be known as the crappy one to comic book fans

I hate it when arseholes at Hollywood stray away from the source material.

The main problem is that fans have been waiting for them to do the Mandarin for years since the first Iron Man came out, then when we finally get him in a film he becomes a joke. I mean I could handle him not being Asian after a while of thinking it through but <Spoiler> this whole Trevor crap...I mean what the hell.

It's like Shane Black and even Drew Pearce who co wrote it spat on Iron Man fans faces.

ironfist923551d ago

Tbh, The "Mandarin" is already a joke of a villain, so I guess what he did was make it fit with the ridiculousness.

Kinda annoyed that Guy Pearce claimed to be the real Mandarin though.

Wouldve liked to see in Iron Man 4 or Avengers 2, the birth of the real Mandarin, perhaps influenced by the on screen Terrorist, except this time for real.

Bobertt3551d ago

I liked it, sure it wasn't the same Mandarin as in the comics but Ben Kingsley played it well when Tony Stark confronted him and i thought it was one of the funniest parts of the movie. Plus I thought Killian was a cool villain. There were some plot holes but most movies have those these days so i just overlook them. I thought the ending was awesome with all the suits. Its my favorite Iron Man so far.

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