Find out why Robert Downey Jr. is psyched for Iron Man's Shane Black era

Iron Man 2 didn't do badly at the box office, but after the runaway success of the first film, its middling status meant the time for a change had come. Out of the director's chair went Jon Favreau, and in came Shane Black, best known for writing and directing work on action films like the Lethal Weapon series. It's a reunion of sorts, since Black and Downey worked together on 2005's excellent Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and we're excited to see whether that film's excellent cinematic alchemy can be re-created.

So, apparently, is Tony Stark himself. But don't expect Black to duplicate the duo's previous effort's meta style.

"The thing about Shane is that it will be anything but one of those moments," Downey said, "unless we come up with something that is so cheeky and character-driven and perfect that it has to be in the movie."

Downey has just finished most of his work on the currently filming Avengers project, where again he will reprise his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man, and spoke with Hero Complex to discuss Black taking over the Iron Man franchise.

As we know, the departure of director Jon Favreau after Iron Man 2 was shocking and believed to be because of a grueling shoot that strained the star and director's relationship.

Black seems to bring something different to the table than Favreau. He became a brand name in Hollywood in the 1980s for writing films like Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2 and The Last Boy Scout. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang may be his only directing credit but to Downey that's not a problem.

"He's more than the sum of his parts and he's also kind of been a sleeper for a long time," Downey said. "We're not talking much about [the script] right now, because Shane is off writing, and we talked before that, and when we are talking again the talking is going to be over pretty quick [because we're on the same page]. It's kind of like we're fighting on the same side and at the same time we're circling each other, so it's all great. It should be great."

Don't count Favreau out of the franchise yet, as fans know he is still the guy who plays Happy Hogan, Stark's trusty manservant. Hero Complex says that "he's ready to reprise his on-screen role in the franchise as Stark's pal, Happy Hogan, if a suitable salary can be negotiated."

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