One of the things about Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 that’s got fans talking (and arguing) is its version of the Mandarin. It seems that a lot of fans appreciated the refreshing (and more realistic) take on one of The Iron Man’s most iconic villains, but there are also many fans who wanted a Mandarin that’s closer to the comic book version, instead of being a mere front for *SPOILERS* Killian.
“I would say that we struggled to find a way to present a mythic terrorist that had something about him that registered after the movie’s over as having been a unique take, or a clever idea, or a way to say something of use,” says director Shane Black, defending the direction in which his film took the character.
“And what was of use about the Mandarin’s portrayal in this movie, to me, is that it offers up a way that you can sort of show how people are complicit in being frightened. They buy into things in the way that the audience for this movie buys into it.
“I think that’s a message that’s more interesting for the modern world,” continues Black, “because I think there’s a lot of fear that’s generated toward very available and obvious targets, which could perhaps be directed more intelligently at what’s behind them.”