Thoughts, ideas and videos from the world of movies, music, TV and everything else pop culture.
BloggersKaydi Poirier Rafer Guzman Polly Higgins
'The Lone Ranger' and 'Iron Man 3' set for 2013
Is the superhero genre dying?
A general lack of originality, the upcoming end of Christopher Nolan's high-water mark "Dark Knight" trilogy and great skepticism over the upcoming reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man" would seem to be bad signs. Counteracting all of that: "The Avengers" just became the third highest-grossing film of all time, racking up $1.36 billion worldwide.
So get ready for "Iron Man 3," set for release May 3, 2013. That first-weekend-in-May slot has become almost totemic for Marvel movies: Both "Iron Man" films opened in that frame, as did "Thor" and "The Avengers." Essentially, Marvel has staked a claim to the unofficial launch-date of the summer blockbuster season and is not about to give it up.
"Iron Man 3" will be written and directed by Shane Black, a screenwriter and onetime Hollywood golden boy (1987's "Lethal Weapon") whose career has been a bumpy one (1993's "Last Action Hero"). Jon Favreau, who directed the first "Iron Man," returns as an actor in the role of Happy Hogan, a supporting character from the comic-books. Production on the film recently begun in Wilmington, N.C., according to Disney/Marvel.
Disney also announced it's staking out another big weekend, July 3, with "The Lone Ranger." Though not technically a superhero film, it is a revival of a masked, crusading do-gooder. Armie Hammer plays the title role, though it's said that Johnny Depp, as Tonto, is more the star. His "Pirates of the Caribbean" collaborator, Gore Verbinski, will direct.